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Happy NOVEMBER! Time to roast those pumpkins!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, bodybuilding, clean food, events, fitness, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, running, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On November 5, 2013 1 Comment

Hi loves!!! With Halloween behind us, I can’t hardly believe that the end of the year is upon us. As you know, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but I loveeeeee fall, so…. I had to show support and at least get dressed up. Here’s a shot of us at my girlfriend Kelly’s house. She threw a great lil party. Honestly….I have absolutely no clue what I was supposed to be, but, it kind of resembled a sheriff from New Mexico. Of course, a bit of a sexy version. Whatever. Lol.

Anyway…for those of you wondering…(since I never post pics of boys) this is Marcin. He’s dressed up as a “big black cloud” and he’s dreamy. Sighhhhhh


Ok, moving on to more fall news;) finally time to start getting rid of some of these sugar pumpkins all over my house. From decoration into my belly!!! I decided to cut this puppy up, and roast it.


Pumpkin is pretty tough in texture and typically takes quite some tie to roast and soften in the oven, so I cut it up into small squares to speed up the cooking. A lil impatient you could say…..
Here’s an idea of what to do with the seeds when you remove them from the inside of the pumpkin. Lord knows…I HATE wasting food. SWEET CACAO ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS.

These little pumpkin bites were roasted with:

HONEY ( I used this one)




Roast at 400* for 40 minutes.

(note: pumpkin in itself isn’t very sweet. Do not get confused with “canned” pumpkin. When roasting real pumpkin, if you want it sweet, make sure to add a bit more honey to compensate for the bitterness.)


As you all know, Halloween comes with copious amounts of candy, on candy, on CANDY!!!!! Shit candy, really. Kit Kat, twix, snickers, ughhhhhhhhhh! I’m not gonna lie….I did give in and have a few. C’mon…who really didn’t have ANY shit candy?????
Well, yes….I’ve got a gnarly sweet tooth & will absolutely admit to having sweets (sometimes a bit toooooooo often) , but…….. if I’m gonna get cray on some sugar, this is what I wanna stuff my face with.


So, we’ve covered pumpkin, now, let’s explore another fall flavor. CARAMEL!
One of my favorite clients from the salon, Diane of has really hit the jackpot with these. I was a lucky son of a bitch to get to sample these sweet but slightly salty beer & Pretzel caramels. We have the best time when she comes into the salon. We chat, laugh, share blogging tips, compare recipes and bounce ideas. I love it. She has a total foodie like me!! :)


If I’m gonna get down on some sugar, I’d seriously prefer for it to be in this form; handmade with local ingredients, organic, & homemade with love! This is the best way to enjoy sweets my sweets! How freakin cute is there packaging though!!!???
I not only wanted to share these perfect little morsels because I LOVVVEEE them, but also because I was super inspired by Diane’s passion for whole, clean foods as well as her life balance of health with a bit of added sweetness;) I truly aspire to find that balance and find that passion. I promise I will make sure to send y’all a link soon on how you can get ahold of these, because they truly are such a great gift idea!

No babes…… You cannot have some….. Pups begging;)

November is here!!!!! This is how naughty I’ve been…. I haven’t been posting enough, I know. We went from the end of oct-the begging of Nov without a post! Wtf! Well, November pretty much came so fast, it practically slapped me in the face! This past Sunday ( November 2) was a a very special day.
My best friend Alicia (on the right) and I, along with close family and friends ran the 6th annual Heroes of Hope grey ribbon crusade to continue brain cancer research, in which all proceeds benefit childhood and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alicia’s uncle was recently diagnosed with a lrg brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo through Cedars-Sinai. We pray that he recovers and continues to live a healthy and cancer free life.


Sporting my new Saucony “The guide 7″ running shoes that they so graciously gifted to us at the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event.


The event was held at beautiful Dockweiler State Beach Park. I was surprised that the fog rolled out fairly early. We ran in sunny & beautiful weather:) Absolute best part: Loads and loads of supporters showed up!

For some reason, I thought we were gonna be running a 10k but apparently we signed up for the 5k. Whatever, I was just stoked to be running by the beach. It was actually perfect because I haven’t really been running lately, so a 10k at 7:30 am prooooobably wasn’t the best idea for my problematic, not trained feet. Lol. The 5k was perfect and super fun!


I came in 69th place. With a time of 26.38. Not too shabby! Well, for me;)


Any time, after a run….I am famished. Lol.
I’ve been a fan of Detour protein bars for some time now. (Since they were a sponsor at blend retreat) they are seriously awesome. These and quest bars are always my go-to!
Detour just came out with these and they are fab! IM SORRY BUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS SAY IT ALL.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g

If you ask me, that is really great.






Scarfed it down as soon as I passed the finish line;) they were passing out SoyJoy….but I way prefer this.


Our team…. “F YOU CANCER”

I spent the rest if Sunday hanging with my bro, who is home visiting from vancouver;)

This weekend, I also decided to make an excuse as to why I needed to buy a million new bras and panties, and open up a Victoria secrets credit card. goooooood lord.
At least I saved $15, ha!

This is the thing…..I NEVER find bras that fit me perfect. I always just “make it work” lol. Soooooooo, when I tried on “THE DATE UNLINED BRA” I realized that I had met my match, my soulmate! I’m a sucker for a good deal, and guess what!? If you bought the bra ($28.50) you practically received a free matching panty! Whatttttttt!? Hell yeah. Bring it betch.
A set for $30!? I’ll take it….times 5. Lol

Anyway, back to things of importance. Fitness.
Yesterday, Monday, marked day 1 or the LIVEFIT TRAINER from
First day of week 9...LEGS.

Ok, so I didn’t actually do this whole workout today. Reason being, that I knew I had to teach Zumba at 7 pm and seriously thought it may be too much on my body. Sometimes, you just gotta be honest with yourself. I couldn’t do it.
My class was fantastic though and we had a great time finding out inner sexy bitch.
I surprised myself when I decided to stay for the next class, which was body sculpting.

Oh girllllllll! My body said “oh hell no!”
I immediately filled my tub with Morton’s Epsom salt, grabbed some reading material and soaked! Soaked my tired and sore muscles. Womp womppppppp.


Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!!! I am sooooo excited to visit my other bestie, Amy in the Bay Area this coming weekend!!!!





In Breakfast, circuit, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, sassoon, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD, zumba On August 22, 2013 0 Comments

It is a gorgeous day today here in sunny LA! I am sooooo stoked that I am off today, I can’t even tell you! I woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to take on the day. I managed to sleep in till 6:30. Kind of unheard of for me. No joke. Lol. No yoga this morning. I’ve got other workout plans for later;)
I met up with Haley this morning instead for a lovely lil breakfast date at Le Pain Quotidien.


This place is an absolute hotspot. They have quite a few here in Cali, and I gotta say, EXTREMELY fresh food and generous portions. You can’t help but be enamored by all of the baked muffins, tartines, pastries and loaves of fresh baked breads. Ok….this is all veryyyyyy tempting to me. Ugh.
It all looks soooooo delicious! I’m a lucky girl that this place is walking distance to my house.


While waiting for haley, I ordered a non-fat vanilla latte and sat outside.

This is what healthy chicks do…lol. We salivate over all the baked goods, the…end up ordering egg white omelettes. Lol. Hahaha. Seems like a very simple breakfast, but you’d be surprised how many places manage to fuck this up. Also the little things reallydo count for me. For example… They set the table with fresh sea salt and fresh pepper, organic strawberry jam, and my fave, praline butter. Omggggg.

After feeling pretty full, but still comfortable, I laid on the couch and studied my crazy ass choreography for my Zumba class. I’ve got a new song on the playlist that makes me loose my head! Loving this song right now!

Don Omar- Zumba

I know…it looks like an alien language. It only makes sense to me! Hahaha.
I made a racket upstairs practicing in front of the mirror. So flashdance;)

10:30 A.M Zumba KILLED IT! loved seeing all my ladies! We danced our asses off. Legit cardio. My homie Rozanne made it all the way from San Diego! Sweaty Nettie’s!


I had loads of energy…I forgot to mention I took a scoop full of C4 by Cellucor mixed with water before class, and I was unstoppable! Omg.
Anything that has the words “extreme” or “explosive” is bound to be fuckin GNARLY. Excuse my French. This is not something I take on a normal basis, bit it’s fun sometimes for that extra drive in your workouts. I’m sure it’s not the most “natural” product out there….but hey:/

After my hour Zumba class…my adrenaline was still cray cray, so I stopped at LA Fitness and busted out today’s GPP FITNESS WOD.


Check it out. It was pretty intense. I had to modify the weight and did 10 lbs instead of 15lbs.
My last round of the sets, I couldn’t step anymore. I had to do the last whole round stationary. Ahhhhh, sooo tired! Lots of child pose happening at the moment of completion. Lol



Step down bicep curls

Step down overhead press

Step down overhead tricep ext.




Superman back extension

Lunch was nothing exciting to share. Plain chicken breast, a coconut flour pancake, and some veggies.

I’m trying to be super clean for the day, cuz tonight….ohhhh watch out. I’m meeting up with the girls from my old job (Sassoon) at our old stomping grounds;) Nic’s Martini Lounge. We go just a tad bit overboard on happy hour. I’m saving my naughty tummy for all those stupid delicious appetizers and wine. Hence….the double workout today. Lol. Stop judging, I know you can’t revisit a goooooood happy hour! C’mon!
Made it to Nic’s, and because of the lighting…couldn’t get a decent pic of me to save my life. This is as good as it’s gonna get y’all.

Missing my assistants to the max! All dressed in black. I love it. So Gaga. These kids are amazing! Some, for two years straight assisting, just to get the chance of being a “Sassoon trained stylist or colorist. I remember those days. It was my life. Looking for people (hair models) on the street willing to get their hair cut off by an aspiring stylist. It’s a lesson in dedication, patience, and tolerance. Not easy, so.. I commend them for working as hard as they do. Now, at my new salon, not having hired an assistant yet…I am now starting to realize how much important they are for the running of the salon. In fact, I’m a bit crazed without one. Call me snobby…bu I’m used to someone being right there if I drop my comb.


My Asian mob. Plus +1. They are sisters to me. The blonde on the left…well, let’s just let her think she Asian. Lol;) she loves it!

We had a GREAT time! We ate and drank like cows. Like…not kidding. Not a single vegetable was served. Yeah, this pic below…..not even the 1/2 of it. Lol. All carbs. Fries…pizza..olive bread…quesadillas…shrimp cocktail..more fries… Ugh. I was sick by the end of the night. Looks like yoga at 6:30 A.M will have to be pushed back till after work. Oooops.
I’m really good at making up for it though…lol. Lots of juicing and protein for the next few days, along with back to back days of workouts. Gotta get back on it! Just because you had one really bad meal….doesn’t mean the world is over, and your fucked. It just means, you enjoyed it for that moment, and you pick it back up the next day with full motivation, strength, and without punishing yourself.


Love y’all! Hope you had an amazing Wednesday! Kick Thursday’s ass!!!!!



Yummm, NEW RECIPE ALERT!! I like the sound of Sundays…..

In At home cooking, bedroom, birthday girl, clean food, decor galore, family, fitness, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, Never perfect, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On July 15, 2013 0 Comments

Happy Sunday lovelies!!!!

It is a mighty HOT one today! Up bright and early this A.M. And ready for a packed day:) first things first, COFFEE! Then, tidy up the house. The folks are stopping by today… After scarfing down 1/2 a quest bar and pounds of fresh cut watermelon, I headed to my favorite Sunday hotspot, the Farmer’s Market.


Went a lil kookoo:) Always buying more than I actually need. I’m back to juicing, so I made sure to lots of greens and fruits.


Best part about the Farmer’s, are the fresh flowers! Today, I picked up 4 bunches of beautiful dahlias. They’re literally in every room now…until, of course, I forget to change the water, and they all wilt. Lol. The worst, I am.

But aren’t they stunning! The color is outrageous! They don’t let off any kind of smell, but whatever. I’ve got plenty of candles:)

Oh, yes….there was a new lady in town selling her homemade RAW cashew cheese. I tried it, and of course had to buy it. It was delicious. I’ve always loved the raw lifestyle, and incorporate it into my day to day diet as much as possible. Although I don’t think I could ever be fully raw, like…everrrr, I like the idea of its principles sometimes:) part-time. Lol

Nary Dairy is produced by a husband/wife team out of the Chefs Center in Pasadena, offering the “The cream of the Non-Dairy crop” with plenty of delicious cashew cheese flavors to choose from. It’s seriously a nice alternative! Loving them!


I’ve been throwing in a small beet in my morning juices, so I bought a bunch this morning to stock up. Anyway, you know the green leaves coming out of the beet? Well, I used to always cut that bit off, and toss it. Wtf. I guess I just thought it was good for nothin’. Poor beet greens, so misunderstood:(

WellllllI….I finally found a way to not let any of it go to waste! And guess what!? It’s the bommmmbbbbbb!



Nutty Garlicky Sauteed Beet Greens
Prep time

Cook time

Total time


A delicious way to enjoy Beet greens! But the bitterness with loads of flavor! Yummmmm
Serves: 3-4

  • 2-3 big bunches Beet greens with some stem(washed thoroughy)
  • 2 whole galic cloves
  • 1 large Shallot
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp organic honey or a few drops stevia
  • 1-2 tsp sesame seeds ( as desired)
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes

  1. Rinse beet greens very well.
  2. In a medium skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil on low-med heat.
  3. *Add thinly sliced shallot. Sautee until soft.
  4. *Add clean beet greans.
  5. *Salt, Pepper, & spicy pepper NOW.
  6. *Raise temp to Medium.
  7. *Add water, honey, and vinegar, and sautee for 5-7 minutes.
  8. *Add garlic last.
  9. *Once sauteed to desired softness, stir in sesame seeds.



Today’s WOD was GPP FITNESS, Cardio Tababta.
Lets just say…it was gnarly. I did this at home before heading out for the day, and because I don’t have a row machine, I subbed that move for back rows with a theraband. Try this one out, it’s awesome! 8 rounds of each move for 20 sec work/ 10 sec rest.

If you don’t know what a move is. Don’t worry. On their site, you can click on the excessive, and it immediately takes you to YouTube, where everything is explained to you very quick and efficiently.
All of the above went down before 11:30 this A.M. Nonstop!
Time to relax:) Mom and Pop picked me up, and we headed to Santa Monica to celebrate this pretty’s 1st BIRTHDAY!!!!! My baby cousin Emma:) she’s perfect!

We took Wilbur, and all hung out at the park. Everyone was out. Love it. We BBQed and enjoyed fun and laughs. Um, I ate a lot today, oh, and I had cake. There! Lol. ( Making up for it tomorrow)
Aunt to the left…Mom to the right.
This is what I’ve got to say to today!

So, as you know, I’ve been dying to set up a home office upstairs since I moved here, and I’ve finally set er’ up! How bout that desk!
I am sooooo stoked! Well, really, it’s a dining table converted to a desk;) lol. Coming along ladies! Such an organized lady now, I mean…..




Completely consumed with summer scents lately. My new Archipelago pine-apple candle is unreal! So fresh and sweet, I wanna eat it up. So here’s a tip…I purchased this one, along with many others on Have you heard of it!? It’s an amazing site constantly offering amazing discounts on named brand stuff. They always, I mean, ALWAYS have fantastic prices on candles. So, when I see a sale going on…I loose my shit, and buy like 6 candles at a time. Usually about 50% off.
What you need to do:
CREATE: a username & password
And start gettin’ those deals amigas!

New fitness fave… COREPOWER YOGA.
I got really into while in Canada, so when I got back, I decided to give them a try. They are just a few blocks from my house, but check out their site, they’ve got studios everywhere. It’s mostly heated yoga, but offer non heated as well, and have amazing hours. I’m takin’ from 6:00 am to 9:00 p.m. I’ve been going probably 3 times a week, and feel incredible.
As a new student, they offer 1 week free as a trail. :)
Ok, sooooo….I was supposed to quit my addiction to sugar free gum….but I decided to quit quitting…. ;)
I died and went to heaven when I saw this new flavor at target. Saw it…bought it…chewed it…loved it. The struggle is real.
Ahhhh, well that does it. As my fab Sunday comes to an end…. I now am headed to get an hour massage at Foot Inspiration, and then back home to start thinking up some new Zumba routines for my babes!


Ohhhhh! Don’t forget about this ridiculous opportunity! Win a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora probiotics! Enter here!!!!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I’m off tomorrow;) yippeeeeeee!
Xoxo. Love u all.



Monday Funday, Utah for the Blend Retreat, and a great honor in the SCFITNESS family!

In life, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, WOD, zumba On May 15, 2013 4 Comments

Hello babies!!! Hope everyone had a RAD Mother’s Day weekend! First day back in the salon today, and I’m feeling refreshed and ready for a super busy week!

Tuesday: A.M 40 min cardio…ZUMBA tonight…not teaching, but taking.

Wednesday: ZUMBA 10:30 am-11:30am.
Lunch date with an Amiga, then friend’s birthday celebrations.
Dinner meeting with a client.

Thursday: Salon all day.
Evening: Blogger Beauty event at Roman Salon.
8:00 pm ZUMBA teach class

Fly to Salt Lake City Utah at 7:00 AM for the Blend Retreat. not back till Sunday night. I am soooooo EXCITED about this weekend away with my fellow FIT bloggers! I can’t wait to meet all of these amazing chickies that I’ve gotten to know through all sorts of social media, finally, in person;) you know who ya are!;) This weekend, is not only filled with fun outdoor activities, but also a great source for networking, ideas, and getting to know each other better. I will be rooming with a few girls , authors of some awesome blogs!
Steph at
Meg at
Lindsey at
Cant wait to share this coming weekend’s activities!

For now, let me introduce you to my Monday;)
Maybe one of my favorite days of the week… I started off having a wonderful mbreakfast outdoors at Aroma tea and coffee, located in quaint Tujunga village, Studio City. To my honestly, there is nothing better than having a really great meal while sitting outside. I take people watching verrrrrrry seriously.

The menu is VAST, I opted for the lighter fare. I wanted everything that damn place had to offer, an AMAZING clean menu. I went for a powerhouse breakfast that consisted of…tender charbroiled chicken breast, fluffy egg whites, with a side of 9 grain toast, and freaks fruit. It was heaven on a platttttttta!


Enjoyed an iced coffee with unsweetened almond milk, and a bit of stevia. Most restaurants only have Splenda as an alternative, but yes, I DO carry around a lil dropper bottle of stevia with me…in my purse…everywhere that I go. Don’t judge. I ate that breakfast like it was my J.O.B. I put in werrrrk. Yum-MY!
Oh, and please do excuse my tired eyes, apparently didn’t realized I was gonna be in the “food” shot. Lol.


Meet Diego…. The bulldog of all bulldogs. Such a cutie;) he’s ready for Monday Funday! For now, he’s just tied up to my chair, sniffin around, lookin’ allllll cute n’ shit. Lol;)


And so we we drove…..
Ended up at Malibu State Park for a late morning hike. It was a stunning view, although, I didn’t expect it to be that dry out. I still think we went the wrong way. Someone told me I should have seen a creek and swim hole…yeah, never once saw a drop of water, and Diego’s paws were getting RAW from the heat. Last thing on earth you want happening…. A bulldog overheating. Probably a bad idea seeing that it was 105 degrees out.

Poor baby was seeking shelter under trees for signs of shade. After 15 min we turned around, and said ” I think it’s time for the beach.”
Here comes the babe….

Headed north on the PCH, looking for a signs of “dog beach”, which technically…there are none. S annoying. We ended up at Leo Carrillo. Apparently, the further north you travel up the coast, the more lenient on dogs being allowed onto the sand. Who knew….
I wish willy could’ve been there, but he stayed at my parents house, cuz I knew I was leaving outta town, and wouldn’t have been able to drop him off any other day. ( they don’t live around the corner, you see..) SADFACE. He would have loved it. I OWE him:)
It was a bit windy, but sunny and perfect. The waves, super cute in size. Actually we were able to catch some kids RIPPING! love watching surfers.

The running around didn’t stop there, oh yes, the fun continued;) met up with some friends at The Parlor in Hollywood for some sports watchin’ and margarita drinkin’;) skinny of course;)
Me and my Amiga.. Dianne, head colorist at Sassoon. So glad she’s back in LA!
Early bday celebrations! Her Birthday is in 2 days! Yeayyyyyyy.

Lunch was the BOMB! you wouldn’t think that a sports bar would have such quality food, but guess what…. My god. This salad was OUTRAGEOUS. Steak, greens, grilled veggies, pine nuts, and goat cheese. Um..byeeeee.
Therest of Monday night was suer mellow. The sun tends to really wear me out. I went home early to catch up on some work, and practically passed out on the couch. Exhausted:)

So here we are…it’s Tuesday night, and I’ve got some fantastic news!
I took Sandy’s super packed ZUMBA class tonight, and to all of our surprise……

Studio City Lululemon suprised her at the end of class with ” WILL YOU BE OUR AMBASSADOR!???? WTF!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhh. We were all freaked out, amazed, happy, emotional, all of it.
She is an absolute mentor, and inspires me everyday, as well as soooo many others. What an honor! We love you Sandy! W were all sweaty, and disgusting…crying all over the place, lol. Such chicks! Get ready for SCFITNESS to come with it!


Tonight’s class was on FIRE! 35 of us dancing our booties off, and I swear to you, I’ve NEVER sweat that much in my life. Literally, my soaked ponytail was whipping sweat onto everyone behind me. Ugh, I’m sorry girls. Good thing, was we were all that way. Lol.


Sweaty SELFIE time!

My legs are now jello, I need a serious shower, and I gotta get some inspiration for a new song and dance for my A.M. Class tomorrow…..

I’m thinking a lil’ Daddy Yankee “Limbo”… What do y’all think? Such a fun song! Time to get some rest friends!



What are your WORKOUT GOALS for next week?

(psssst….Write them down…I swear it helps;)


HALLELUJAH!! Lock Laces review & the FF2F first GIVEAWAY! Happy Girl<3

In giveaway!, new faves, Reviews, Uncategorized, zumba On May 14, 2013 7 Comments

So…I’ve got news….oh andddddddd. A very exciting GIVEAWAY!!!
#1: I don’t tie my shoes anymore…yep, that’s right. I’ve jumped on the Lock laces bandwagon. Not only have I jumped on it, but so have all my running and ZUMBA friends.
Never tie a shoe again. This may or may not be somewhat revolutionary;)
I’ve switched out every single one of my workout shoes, and I couldn’t be more stoked about my decision.
To be totally honest with you, before the wonderful folks at Lock Laces sent me a few pair to try, I never once thought that this would be something of worth, but when I gave them a try, and saw what great quality they were, and how easy it was, I was a bit obsessed. The best part is that they are not hideous at all! lol. They are actually the freaking buzz round’ here!


I made a point to have my marathon running friend try them out as she trained for her 1/2 marathon coming up, and she had nothing but praise.



I wore them to my ZUMBA class, and my fellow instructors were ready to purchase a pair right then n’ there. Oh snap, we’ve got something here, y’all.

LOCK LACES are designed to eliminate tight spots, banding, and pressure points. The lacing system is very lightweight. With a combo of stretch-fit comfort and locked-in safety we’ve got a winner for sure. Oh ANDDDDDD they are water-resistant & come in various colors to match your gym shoe collecton.
Mind you, I have not been paid for any of this, this is truly my opinion and I am happy to share;)

They were so easy to put on, absolutely NO hassle. Call me lazy, whatever



Check out my running & ZUMBA shoes!


Here’s the where YOU come in…I’ve got 3 pairs to give away to 1 LUCKY winner!!!!

The winner will receive a white, blue and purple pair. Omg, I am so stoked for this giveaway, I could scream like a little CREEP! lol.



I am so happy to give back to all of you fabulous babes as a thank you for your continuous support of From Fries To Fit. Looking forward to many more giveaways to come!! Please be on the lookout!

Love you all, and may the best man win! Yipeeeeee.




Wednesday eats..Thursday treats.

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

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

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


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

Bottom line: HUGE FAN.


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



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

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

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


Low salt low fat Cottage cheese by Lucerne

Organic RAW hemp seeds

fresh fruit

PB2 (best product changer)



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

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





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

I found my new motto…



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



2 hard boiled eggs (mostly whites)

2 slices no salt turkey slices

Cherry tomatoes


Sesame seeds

Olive oil/lemon/apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper. seriously.


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


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

I mean…so much awkward posing happening here. I can’t help but share;)


Practicing our sickest TLC pose…. RIP Lisa “left eye”
Whoop whoop.



This week in #STYLE:

Your next recommended purchase….

These amazing sandals by: REPORT


Wore them all damn day today at the salon, and no complaints. Got loads of compliments on them and they are SUPER cute! They match everything too for the summer! Yipeeeeee.

had no clue……

And now……. Go ahead.





Better late than never! My Monday in food and reviews

In At home cooking, clean food, new faves, popular recipes, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On April 27, 2013 7 Comments





Happy ( late) Monday Babes!!!

I don’t understand why people hate Mondays, and why they say ” I’ve got a case of the Mondays” ew. What’s that about. Ok, maybe it’s cuz I’ve got it off, but still. Mondays are statistically shown to be the best day to better yourself, your life, your decision making, etc, all of it. Have you never said ” I’m soooo starting on Monday, I swear!!” Lol, well, in my case, I started last Monday:) of course, I start something new everymonday. For example, today, I started adding super greens to my sports drinks. I’m just full of “new” whatever.

As you all know, Mondays are typically the meal prep day for me. So this post will prrrrrrety much be focused on food. Ok with y’all? I thought so;)

Since starting the 50 CLEAN EATS/ NO CHEATS I have felt nothing short of AMZING! If you haven’t already started following me on instagram, do soooooo! Listen, I’m not forcing you to do 50 days, shit, do 30 days, whatever. The point is to Challenge yourself to make the effort and change your body. Cheating on your clean plan can add up. This challenge is to make ourselves aware of what we are consuming and to to check in with our bodies and see how they are changing because of it. You can start this whenever you want. Ok, really…..GET. ON.IT. You’re worth it, stop waiting around. I’ve been posting all of of my fitfriends as well as my recipes and clean eats to inspire all of us. So far, 7 days down, 43 to go. Jump on whenever you’re ready;)

Anyway, for myself, I’ve decided to go 60% raw. I absolutely love a lot of the principles of keeping a raw diet, but honestly, with the amount of working out I do, I need my protein, and hell, I like hot food. Soooooo, 60% will do:) so here it goes, I busted out my huge ass commercial dehydrator, and started making snacks for the week. I love this thing. Think of it as a slow cooker x10. The idea is to dehydrate foods at such a temperature that will NOT remove the essential enzymes, and nutrients. This temperature is anything 115 degrees or lower, so clearly, at this temp, shit takes a lonnnnng time to “cook” planning ahead is key.

I was recently hangin with a friend who is about 85% raw, and he hooked it up with this fab recipe.
It’s the bomb.


You can find more info about dehydrating here. Go ahead print yourself this ridiculous AMAZEBALLZ recipe;)


Raw Zucchini Fries
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Keep all those amazing nutrients and enzymes by using a dehydrator at a low temperature instead of using an oven! These zucchini fries are a fantastic snack whether you are “raw” or not!
Recipe type: RAW
Serves: 2-3

  • 2 large zucchinis or 3 medium
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil, or any raw pressed oil
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbs flax meal
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  1. st, cut zucchini in ½, then cut your strips. Remember: once dehydrated they do shrink up quite a bit, so don’t make them shoe string fries:) unless you want to of course, then go ahead with your bad self!:)
  2. Place in a bowl, add all wet ingredients and toss well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and toss well.
  4. Space them out evenly on the dehydrator trays.
  5. Dehydrate first at 140 degrees for 30 min, then reduce to 110 degrees for 8-10 hours. leave in longer if seeking crispier, but make sure to check.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 Calories: 165 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 5 Fiber: 5 Protein: 7



And for the HOT food:
Meal prep Mondays consists mostly of proteins & veggies.
This next part: SOOOO EASY. No recipe needed.

-A bag of frozen skinny green beans from Trader Joes. I believe they’re called ” haricots verts” I mean, really…. They’re green beans. Lol

-Thinly sliced mushrooms

- Bean sprouts ( laaaaavvvvvv these)

-Coconut oil

-Salt & pepper

-crushed garlic ( like it’s your J.O.B) I like a lot;)

-liquid aminos.

-cayenne pepper( fo that spice!)

-optional: sprinkle sesame seeds

This will last me all week as a side to my protein. I even add this mix to my morning egg whites. Get into it. Super healthy and


I’m over red meat right now…. All I crave I swear, is SALMON! Super high in omegas and protein, it’s the ultimate when trying to keep a lean machine figure. Yes, I’m trying to make myself a lean machine. Salmon is considered a superfood. I baked 3 large fillets of wild Alaskan salmon with a very simple marinade,


-Salt & pepper

-Crushed garlic

-A dash of blood orange infused olive oil

-Orange zest

Salmon only really needs to be marinated for 30 or less. It eats up flavor quick. Please don’t try to marinate for longer, unless you’re ready to eat ceviche. C’mon babes.
I threw in some broccoli…why not. It add color:)

Oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and you’re done! Viola!


One of my beautiful lunches.

A big ol’ salad with loads of veggies. A side side of low sodium cottage cheese & grapes.

And if you’re ready for dessert…let me introduce you to my new fave…
Life is always better with a bit of chocolate;)
Ummm, I’m pretty sure your gonna freak for this one. A beautiful creation, for real.



Make sure you pick avocados that are ripe and ready for that super smooth consistency.
We’re not making guacamole here babes.

I meeeeeaaaan…… Hiiiiiiii. Isn’t she something! Topped it off with some raw cacao nibs and served cold. Soooo yummy. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!



Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding
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An amazing SUPER pudding without all the processed crap! A raw alternative. its delicious and gives you wings!:)
Recipe type: Raw
Serves: 3 servings

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ⅓ cup RAW organic cacao powder
  • ¼ cup RAW honey (or if worried about sugar/carbs use sweetener of your choice. I love natures hollow for sugar free option)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk. I made my own raw nut milk, but you can use organic flax or almond milk.
  • 1½ tsp raw vanilla bean paste. or if not worried about being raw, extract is fine.

  1. Mix all ingredients, and blend in a medium bowl with food processor, vitamix or hand mixer.
  2. Serve chilled.
  3. Adapted





Every week that I do my shopping, I make it a point to try something new and amazing that I MUST share with you. I am a little bit Whole Foods obsessed. These are my reviews and I have not been paid to do so. I’m bringing you the scoop on what I think is worth the cost.
Wile in Ojai last weekend, we stopped at this super cute local market that carried all sorts of super healthy, small business products.
When I saw this cereal, I nearly fell to the ground. Ooooommmmmgggggg PROTEIN CEREAL! Hell yes, how many can I buy before looking like a freak.
I’ve been having a single serving a day. It’s so yummy. Tastes just like apple cinnamon Cheerios. I know, bomb!
I actually love to eat my daily serving before a ZUMBA class. It’s not heavy on the tummy and is the perfect balance of protein, carbs, fiber, and fats. A cup a day, keeps the doc away;)


Take a close look at the box and nutritional info. A whopping 9 grams of protein, and only 12 net carbs. ( subtract fiber from carbs to determine “net”)

Ok, out of all of these products I’ve found, this is by far the most effective and AMAZING!
BIO-K plus dairy culture probiotic containing 50 billion active and efficacious l. Acidophilus

I have been taking one everyday for a week and my digestion has been on point! probiotics are beneficial bacteria which help regulate intestinal health, supports immune system functions, and improves digestion.

And guess what, you know what really reduces the amount of good bacteria I you system….. Lack of exercise and poor nutrition. That’s right y’all. A daily probiotic can greater improve overall health, soooooo get into it. This little bottles are great, especially if you don’t like to take pills. $ 4.99 each.

Have you ever used this? I’ve found it’s really fantastic as a salt substitute in Asian style cooking. I’m loving this stuff. Cold mountain miso is all made from organic whole soybeans and non-gmo. Because of its fermented nature, it’s very healthy for our systems.
There are loads of uses for miso. Think salad dressings, marinades ( especially on salmon), soups, and many more.
Next up:
Speaking of probiotics, move over GT Kombucha! The bomb new fave!
It really doesn’t have much flavor to me, so it’s easy to drink, very effective, and without all that other jumbo jumbo. Kombucha tends to have too much sugar for me, and really, when I’m looking for this type of drink, I don’t need it too come with extra calories and sugar. You know what I mean?? Please click on the name and read up about the benefits of this great product. It’s raw and contains 45 probiotic cfu’s in an 8 oz bottle!!



The Incan superfood! I did some research on this medicinal product and was astonished at how much it can help us all. There are so many amazing facts to learn about this product and the benefits are through the roof. I’ve been adding it to my protein shakes and it doesn’t have much of a flavor (thank goodness).
I can’t even begin to tell you all about it so this is in their words:
“The strongest health benefits of maca powder are based on the way the root will work in connection with the endocrine system. The endocrine system is really a system of glands that produces human hormones in to the blood stream. This system is in charge of transitioning to different circumstances by releasing the proper quantity of the body’s hormones to regulate our body’s response and reaction.

Maca powder energizes the human body to make hormones, which is probably the many health benefits of maca powder. This stimulation will cause very good human hormones to be released in to the blood stream, which may subsequently help regulate issues within just those hormones.

What Things Can Maca Do for My Body?
Maca was used for an vitality tonic and also as sport nutrition for improving libido. The plant has a exclusive sense of balance of proteins, carbs, anti-oxidants, plant sterols, minerals and vitamins. These interact to maintain the entire body at optimum condition. Maca offers energy, given it account balances the endocrine system, such as the adrenals, pancreatic, pituitary and thyroid gland. It reportedly will help people retrieve their endurance along with their mental balance. Maca has additionally been found to have two unique substances that increase sexual libido and male fertility. These ingredients are called macamides and macaenes. They could favorably impact the sex lives of both males and females who take maca.

Women that make use of all real maca powder benefits visible enhanced levels of energy, improved capacity to hold up against stress, healthy sexual libido and male fertility levels, and those quick reducing of menopausal flashes and sweating at night. Maca is increasingly known as an adaptogen or even a plant that is able to balance hormone levels naturally and in addition it revitalizes the whole body. Other positive aspects include stimulation on the sexual libido, which is ideal for women who will no longer feel enthusiastic about sexual practice.

In men, the health benefits of maca powder are confirmed in enhanced androgenic hormone or testosterone levels and improved sperm fertility. Some guys have also experienced an increase in erection cells reaction, leading that it is called an organic and natural replacement for Viagra. Additionally, the increase in all-natural the body’s hormones also can result in virility that fights getting older.”

If you’re into supplements, add this to your mix!
A natural immune booster with so many more health benefits!
I take like 5-6 pills when I think I’m getting sick and I swear, it really makes a difference. I really do believe in homeopathic remedies and this is one of the TOP ones.

Ok…every single one of you needs this in your life, especially if you are not one to get your recommended daily dose of vegetables and super greens.
Ive been adding a scoop everyday to my sports drinks, and iced teas, and let me tell ya, ive been more regular than ever! ahem…This product by GARDEN OF LIFE is an all-in-one scoop does the following:

One serving of Perfect Food Super Green Powder is equivalent to 140g of fresh grass juice.
Excellent source of natural Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene and a good source of natural Vitamin C.
Contains spirulina that supports healthy immune function.†
Contains algae and cereal grass juices that provide a natural source of alkalizing minerals.
Select ingredients in Perfect Food Super Green Formula are produced through the Garden of Life proprietary Poten-Zyme® fermentation process to make the nutrients more available to the body.
Includes a Probiotic Blend to support digestive health.†
Supports healthy carbohydrate metabolism.†
Great for those on low carbohydrate diets or people who are unable to eat enough green foods.


Last but not least!
Stop paying $3 for a bottle of fancy brand name alkaline water and just buy the drops! This is like, DUH! Just add 10 drops for 10 oz and viola, alkaline water!
This product helps to balance the acidity in our bodies, which can cause a number of problems.






Alright moving on… TO MORE FOOD! Yeayyyyyyyy;)
Sharing is caring, and that’s precisely why you all need these great clean eat ideas from all my lovely instagram friends! I am loving all the support! Here are some of the top posts!




ZUMBA has been on fire this week! Just had to throw in a couple sweaty Selfies:)


I’ve been mixing my BCAA with my raw super greens powder for a killer athlete drink. I drink this during and post workout. Btw…. I just burned 670 calories dancing my ass off. Byeeeeeee



Courtesy of my Pinterest: a bit of fitspiration for the week, and actually some fun facts about portion control.




That is all folks, love u all.
Xo, P



Choco-choco muffin recipe…new fave PROTEIN smoothie…in WHAT PAULA ATE WEDNESDAY…

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, protein shakes, sweets, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, zumba On April 10, 2013 2 Comments

Hi babes! It’s been a super packed week! I feel like I’ve been nonstop! Today…I’ve got a really special recipe for you. Well, a couple of recipes on todays post,but this first one, I shit you not, will blow your mind.
Get ready for the BEST tasting, and the most HEALTHIEST chocolate muffin that you will devour ever in your FIT life!
With 12 grams of protein and only 9 net carbs, you have found your new “BREAKFAST BESTIE”
You’ll never have to break up with chocolate again if you keep these guilt free muffins around;)

I found this recipe originally from fellow healthy blogger but tweaked a few things to my own liking. Check her version too…you may end up liking it better. I’ve also recalculated the nutrition facts to my version :)
If you’ve ever played around with baking with protein powders or even most flour alternatives, then you know the dilemma….dry or rubbery. Ugh, it’s happened to all of us. Usually, the reason being, not enough moisture/liquid in recipe, over cooking, and not mixing well enough. Soooo touchy these healthy recipes! Geez:/.

With these perfect little morsels…I think I had an “Aha- moment”. They were DELIGHTFUL, cakey, soft, moist, amazing flavor…ALL OF THE ABOVE!




sugar free, low carb, gluten free…I mean you just can’t beat that. It tastes absolutely SINFUl, but I promise… GUILT FREE.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

  • 1 cup oats made into a flour. ( i just threw mine in the food processor)
  • 4 tbsp Flaxseed meal (ground Flax)
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 scoop or packet About time “chocolate” protein powder
  • ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup 0% greek yogurt OR Fromage Blanc ( I love Vermont Creamery, less sugar and carbs than greek yogurt and tastes the same…Whole Foods)
  • 3 tbsp sugar free honey (natures hollow)
  • dark chocolate chips or carob chips. The darker, the better:)

  1. Grease a 6 muffin tin. I used coconut oil spray.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all dry ingredients, once mixed well, add all wet ingredients one at a time, while continuing to stir and mix.
  4. A hand mixer would also work great at this point. OR, honestly, you could just blend everything except the choco chips in a vitamix or food processor.
  5. Using a spoon, evenly dollop batter into muffin cups
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips over each one
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 12-14 mins. I will always check mine a bit early cuz I go crazy if I burn my muffins!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 170 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 4 Fiber: 7 Protein: 12




I’ve always preferred a European style breakfast…you know, coffee & a pastry. Although sometimes opting for a healthy egg white omelette or turkey sausage out of “this is what I should be eating, Once I realized that I could sneak in all the nutrients and protein I needed into a muffin, without devouring a 500 cal pastry from coffee bean, my mornings turned into my favorite meals of the day!
So this is how I started off my WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY.

I’m still not used to being off on Wednesdays from the salon, so I wake up frantic, then realize I get to sleep in, then I start baking, duh… Oh and then, I start dancing in my living room;) a bit of ZUMBA at 8:00 a.m is always a good time!
I taught ZUMBA at 10:30, and my Amigas rocked the house!
They work me out as much as I work them out, so I make sure to replenish my body and feed my muscles right after class with protein shakes.
I’ve found my new Fave!
Here’s your next recipe…. A bit of homework for y’all….
There are a few optional items in this recipe, in which you can omit…but I recommend them, so up to you;) one of them being bee pollen… BEE POLLEN is recommended by herbalists to enhance athletic performance, relieve allergies, and help with stomach issues.
Another optional ingredient…IRISH MOSS. Which is used as a natural thickener and comes with loads of nutritional benefits that you can read up on here.
One ingredient you clearly do not want to skip out on, is the PROTEIN. In this case, I used about time vanilla whey. 25 grams of protein per scoop, and all natural!
Fresh fruit is always a plus. This was a treat for me! A full mango (well, a small one) it was ripe, and soooo ready! Also in this recipe, 1/4 banana…for that yummy flavor and smooth texture that gives this recipe a “shake” vibe.

I also like to add a spoonful of flax meal. Flax offers an enormous amount of healthy omega fatty acids. I make sure to keep my flax meal in the fridge or freezer to prevent spoilage.
Omega fatty acids are essential in a healthy diet.
Studies show that consuming fresh flax meal, or flax oil can help to reduce the chance of heart disease, lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure. When you get the chance….add it to everything you can think of;) lol.


Ban-mango Vanilla Protein shake
Post workout protein favorite!
Recipe type: Brunch

  • 1 mango cut up
  • ¼ frozen banana
  • 1 packet or scoop Vanilla About Time Whey Protein
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
  • 1½ tbsp Irish moss (soaked and blended) optional.
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla SILK 30 cal almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • ½ tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean powder but you could use regular ol’ extract)
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp EITHER low fat cottage cheese, 0% greek yogurt, OR fromage blanc
  • OPTIONAL- sprinkle with chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut

  1. easy peazy… throw it all in a blender or vitamix and call it a day.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 215 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 17 Sugar: 13 Fiber: 5 Protein: 29




Lunch was super clean and completely predictable… Roasted chicken breast, brocollini, and roasted peppers with hard boiled egg whites. Boring, but nutritious and quite yummy. I managed NOT to dry out the breast. Story of my life.

The most exciting part of “WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY……..
This ridiculous seed and nut butter! NUTTZO.

I have been hearing and reading about this amazing nut butter for a long time, so I made the plunge. $12.99 well freakin spent. So worth it. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! I was so anxious to try it, that I popped open the jar right as I got in the car at the Whole Foods parking lot. Don’t judge me….. NUTTZO if you’re reading this…SEND ME MOREEEEE!!


So as you now know, I am the newest member of SCFITNESS and feel totally honored and happy:) this weekend was our first photoshoot for the new website. Here are just a couple shots of my awkward self. Prob not the one that’s gonna go up, but just sharing:) I can’t wait till these damn bangs grow out. They were in my face the whole freakin day. Ugh.


Apparently I was soooo feeling turquoise. Homegirl is lovin Er’ blue.

In other ZUMBA news….. A super exciting time for not only us as intructors but also for students and fellow ZUMBA lovers. ZUMBA Fitness now has a fantastic app for iPhone where you can find your favorite class or instructor and CHECK IN! let everyone know that you are up, and dancing, and maybe inspire others to do the same! Not only can you check in, but NOW, ZUMBA home office will will make a donation to a campaign aimed towards ending world hunger every time you check in!

The idea is called ” THE GREAT CALORIE DRIVE”
For every calorie burned in class, ZUMBA will donate money so that others can eat! Pretty amazing, and so excited that I get to be a part of this. So, remember to always check in, and log in your calories burned. I always wear my ft60 polar heart rate monitor, and never burn less than 600 calories!

The day of the shoot, I had taken J. FIT’s bodysculpting class, which left my legs and body feeling wobbly, she kills me,so I was stoked to get home and spend some much needed mommy time with Wilbur! Aww, my boooooooo;)
At the end of the day, after Running around all day…this is what I really wanted. Home sweet home!

I posted this pic the other day on my insta…thought I’d say bye as a playboy blonde;) my goodness…. Love y’all! Can’t wait to get crazy with my Thursday night class!



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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


My RA-RA Team…. Hype girls. Lol

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


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


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

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


Lovin you all….


New week..New ZUMBA…New sched.

In abs, At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On April 2, 2013 5 Comments

Ahhhhhh! Hi lovelies! I’ve got to catch you up! So, this week officially marks my first week with Wednesdays off from the salon;) wooooohoooooo. Also, this Wednesday is my first ZUMBA class! Oooommmgggggg. They don’t know what’s comin’…I’m about to go ZUMBA crazy on their asses. Also what I think I may start doing, is posting a new dance once every couple of weeks on the blog, that way students can refer to the post to learn the dance before coming to class. What do you think? ZUMBA instructors out there…thoughts?

Come dance with me Wednesday at 10:30 am
And Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m

Anyway….notice something new on the site? My lovely friends at optimal fusion helped create a new freakin AWESOME LOGO! Super cute:) apparently the ” Fries” were actually McDonalds fries spelled out ” fries” on a desk, and photographed. GENIUS. Anddddd….we all know that fries were my binge food of choice. Ugh.

These days it’s all about freshness. Check out these lovely ORGANIC fruits I picked up on Easter morning at the farmers market with the folks.

super food central.


Easter was great..mellow. Just what I wanted. Consisted lots of dancing in the garage in front of a mirror. Just practicing my ZUMBA moves, NO BIGS.
This morning’s breakfast was super duper clean.
I had made a big batch of roasted veggies, and have been pretty much adding a handful to every meal:)
Here…we’ve got.
A TBSP FROMAGE BLANC ( my fave alternative to 0% Greek yogurt)



Monday morning Zumba was RIDICULOUS! It was a fabulous surprise when the LULULEMON girls showed up from the Studio City location. They did awesome, and were SUPER stoked on SC fitness. Looking forward to having them in take class more often! Really sweet girls!

This week, I’m planning on either locking myself in my house practicing my Q’s and dances, or in the studio. I know really predictable:)



After zumba, I have the pleasure of visiting the dentist…sooooo fun! Luckily, no cavities:)

Lunch was again, roasted leftover veggies, along with some red lentils (Trader Joe’s) in low sodium broth, cayenne, turmeric, yellow curry powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Cooked on low till lentils are soft and soaked.

Topped it with, of course, Fromage Blanc & siracha



The afternoon seemed quite hectic. Mondays usually go by way to fast, my list of errands keeps getting bigger and busier. I had planned to double up classes this later this evening, but my body said. Ummm, NO.” My tummy was killing me ;( womp wooooomp. I sound like such a whiner, gross. I ended up taking it easy at home, catching up on some reading. My sweet client sent me this article knowing that I’m a huge fan of juicing and the vitamix. APPARENTLY, it’s all the craze:)


I’m known to come up with crazy concoctions when it comes to refreshing mid-day drinks. This is my new fave ELIXIR:
SPARTOS SUGAR FREE PROTEIN WATER (strawberry coconut flavor)


I no longer buy trail mix that has been pre packaged. Usually, it contains too much added sugar or oils, and usually not raw. Now, I get all of my favorite raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut, superfood berries ( goji, mulberries) and cacao nibs, and mix them all up in a mason jar. Perfect snack without additives. A handful ( palm of hand ) equals to a serving.
No, I did NOT eat all three quest bars, but my girlfriend Haley surprised me with 3 bars of her new favorite flavor for me to try, and I just had to share my heavenly experience with MISS. Chocolate brownie. Holy sweet party in your mouth!!!

1 bar = 6 grams of fat
1 gram sat. Fat
Net carbs: 5 grams
1 sugar
20 grams of protein


One a day, keeps the doc away;)


Didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen today, but I did manage to bust out a batch of my favorite Blueberry Protein Muffins. They are super easy and take no time! You know me, meal prep Monday;)
Tonight was all about me. I wasn’t feeling my best. I laid down and actually took a nap, which absolutely never pans out for me. This time I was out for at least 2 hrs. Sooooo nice. Never made it to my back to back classes, but I did get in for a 9 p.m hour long massage. ;) Don’t mind my MC Hammer Thailand pants.

There’s an amazing place around the corner from my house, called Foot Inspiration, that I can’t get enough of. I’m trying to get 1 massage a week, but paying $75 for an hour/ once a wk was outta the question, so this place is the bomb. It’s considered a reflexology massage. They really do hit every pressure point all over your body. I strip down to a sports bra, and booty shorts, since it is more of an ” out in the open” kinda place. I must say, I slept like a cozy lil baby!
Last but not least…I saw this on instagram last night, and thought, ” What a perfect way to start the month!” So here you go, courtesy of my insta friends;)
Enjoy this fabulous week!


Wicked carrot zucchini protein cake….M CAFE famous kale salad with spicy peanut dressing, and sooo much more;)

In At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, family, get the look, life, popular recipes, protein, Reviews, Sunday funday, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On March 25, 2013 4 Comments

Better late that never, eh!? Hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful, sunny in LA, weekend!;) I certainly did. If you don’t know me by now, my “after weekend” posts usually include a sunday fam BBQ day, and what kind of person would I be, of I didn’t post every one of those special Sunday’s pics. To most of you, they look the same as every past Sunday’s, but to me, it’s about catching up, enjoying my folks, their backyard, the dogs running around like psychos, mom and I spending too much money bargain shopping, trying to convince dad to build me something ” rustic, yet contemporary” ( I need a new desk) LOL, oh and the best part…. Stuffing my face with red meat, chorizo, and blood sausage. It’s my once a week VICE.

Here are some highlights;)
New favorite POWER protein Breakfast:
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 mashed ripe banana
A few drops vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw nut butter
1 tsp flax meal or flax seeds
1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut.
I know sweet eggs!?

Trust me…..



Best damn kale chips around y’all. Brad’s RAW Foods offers kale chips that are packed with the best flavor. I’ve tried loads of different brands and these by far are the crunchiest, and healthiest:)
Find them at whole foods, or online here.

Btw, sorry I’ve been neglecting fitness pics, but…thing is, I’ve been so focused on my ZUMBA training, that I haven’t really had the time to do any other kind of workout lately. I get certified this week!!! ahhhhhh So I thought I’d let you know….I’ve been doing ZUMBA 4 days a wk. oh, and in between, practicing at home or with my headphones at work in while dancing like a freak in the staff room. Yes, I am the only one hearing the music, so everyone’s like WTF is she doing. Lol.

Anyway, now that I’ve confessed the fact that I haven’t been at the actual GYM, we can move forward with this post of mostly food;) hehe.

Sunday BBQ prep. Salad with cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and oregano.
About to sautée some brussel sprouts.
And cook up some sweet potato as mom and I’s carb of choice.

Dad is always in charge of the BBQ. Today, we’ve got steaks, blood sausage, and Argentinian style chorizo. Sooooo bomb!

Mom likes to serve ciabatta bread in 3′s. As if anyone but my dad is gonna eat any. No thanks. Once I ” break the seal” ( the, I’m not having any bread, seal) it’s all over. Carb-o-binge like its goin outta style. Not cute, and “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”

Don’t be jelz…..
Dreaming of it now…
I ate all of it yes.
We also shared a really great bottle wine. Then, we decided to go shopping. This is probably how I managed to spend way too much money “bargain shopping.” Two cart’s full of stuff, does kinda cancel out the fact that you’re getting a good price. NOTE: avoid shopping and drinking.

I won’t bore you with what I bought, or what I spent;) lol, but…I will share my dessert with you!
Mom is a total saint, and made this amazing low carb, full of protein
CARROT ZUCHINNI PROTEIN CAKE that I recently shared on my Facebook page. It’s a recipe created by one of my favorite protein bakers! My homegirl over at I hadn’t had a chance to make it yet, so mom surprised me:)


I must say….. It is perfection. not too sweet, not at all “veggie” tasting, and it’s virtually GUILT-FREE. Cake & coffee, precisely what I needed after spending too much dough. I swear, give me cake, and I don’t give a shit about anything else. Hahaha.


Favorite fruit of the moment:
PINEAPPLE. Seriously addicting . Although delicious, watch out…it’s full of sugar. Indulge in small portions;)

Alright, here comes your

Have you ever gone to M Cafe???
Well, if you haven’t had the pleasure yet, I highly recommend it. Granted, there are some things, I’m not such a big fan of, but there is one dish in particular that I’ve completely fallen head over heels in love with. M cafe caters to a healthy macrobiotic diet/lifestyle. Read more about macrobiotic here. I searched high and low to bring you the best version of M cafe’s KALE SALAD WITH SPICY PEANUT DRESSING.
his is huge news….. You’re gonna freak out, and yes, you will thank me. Kale can sometimes get a bit boring, so this recipe really spruces up your relationship with it.
Nothing boring about this bad boy.

The original recipe calls for regular ol’ natural peanut butter, but I thought I’d switch it out for a less fattening option….my trusted PB2 will do just perfect. ( scroll to the right, click on specialty foods, and scroll through the pages, you will find pb2 on my amazon faves!)
I’ve attached a print- friendly recipe for you to grab. I made this so quick, oh, and I ate it just as quickly;) it’s super easy!
1. Blanch the kale
2. Sautée shallots, onion, garlic
3. Make your spicy peanut dressing.
4. Combine, garnish, and serve;)


“M Cafe” Kale Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Obsessing over M CAFE’s Kale salad…..naturally….I HAD to make it! Delicious, with a kick, and outrageously healthy;)
  • 1 large bunch kale (about 3-4 cups)
  • ¼ red onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ tsp high heat oil. (I used safflower oil)
  • Spicy Peanut Dressing
  • ½ cup PB2 (1/2 cup when mixed with water) Or natural peanut butter, but will raise the fat content
  • 1 Tbsp Nature’s Hollow honey
 (sugar free)
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ginger, minced
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ oz hot water

  1. 1. Remove the kale from the stems. 
Add a pinch of Salt to a pot of boiling water, then blanch the Kale for 3 min. 
Remove the Kale from the boiling water and shock it in a container of ice water. 
Finally, squeeze the excess water out of the cooled Kale.
  2. Sautee onions and shallots with a bit of salt and pepper and ½ tsp oil until softened. Set aside.
  3. Spicy Peanut Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients into a blender. Blend until mixture turns into a smooth consistency.
  4. Drizzle the dressing on top of the Kale and onions, and mix the kale and dressing together until kale is evenly coated. Garnish chopped peanuts.
  5. *Makes enough to dress 2 large bunches of kale. Stores well refrigerated for up to 6 weeks.

Note: I used PB2 to cut down on the fat, but you can certainly use all natural peanut butter.



4 days till Easter…and I’ve already got on my Easter Sunday colors! Baby blue and whited checkered blouse and purple pants! Lol.
What’s everyone doing this Sunday?


Pants by: TARGET
Shoes by: TARGET
Just a heads up y’all… Target is having a buy 1 – get 1 pair 50% off all shoes sale….so I bought these amazing wedges in both colors! super comfy! Happy Easter to meeeeeeee;)

Kyodan NO SLIP headband! New obsession, especially now that I’ve got these damn bangs I got to get outta my face! Ugh. No more having to bobby pin them back. This headband doesn’t budge through my whole 1 hour ZUMBA session, and trust me, I whip my hair back n’ forth like it’s goin’ outta style!

Out for now!


Happy 1st day of SPRING BABES!

In life, skinny grocery list, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, zumba On March 20, 2013 0 Comments

Yada,yaya,yada…Well, what can I say, I had yet, another fabulous weekend, and a great start to my week. Busy as ever, so I will try my best to catch you guys up on the latest and greatest in Paula world;)
Remember, as of APRIL 1, I will finally have Wednesdays off from the salon to focus on my blogging and ZUMBA, woooohooooooo! I feel like so much has happened since the last we spoke!

Let’s start with my bridal shower meeting on Sunday with the girls. No, not my bridal shower, (puleeeaaazeee) my bestie Brooke’s. Remember……San Fran weekend????? Lol.
Alicia hosted a fabulous brunch at her house in which she served homemade yummy fajitas, with low carb tortillas ( love her), fresh fruit salad ( bananas, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
Champagne, and fresh squeezed OJ.


Ladies who brunch….


Annddddddd….the “MOST ORGANIZED” award goes toooooooo……

I mean, how freakin cute is this. She had made pamphlets for each one of us that included:

We accomplished soooo much, and designated assignments for each one of us. Super stoked on my job… LOW CARB DESSERTS AND SANGRIA! I’m about to blow this shit out da water!


Today is officially the first day of SPRING, and I am on it like white on rice! Stopped at the farmers market this weekend and picked up some beautiful fresh flowers to brighten up the house. I am feeling spring, FOR SURE, except that…for some reason….I’m in all black today. Hmmmm. Weird.


I went a little overboard with all the damn flowers, lol. It may or may not be a bit much.


So, as you all know, I’m gearing up to teach Zumba, so this weekend was full of practicing. Writing down the routine helps immensely… One DVD after another…


Not as much as dancing the routine in front of the mirror though!! I would catch up on some bills, and blogging, then jump into a routine while yelling out Q’s. Lord bless my neighbors. Loud Latin music, yelling, and stomping. Keeping it classy.


Later that day, I joined the Sandy Campy Fitness team for a meeting about the new upcoming schedule. I will be teaching Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, and Thursday nights at 8:00pm. We had loads of fun, ate delicious pot stickers and a raw kale salad. Oh, I forgot…..and BOMB ASS chocolate mousse cake. Yummmmmmmmmm. Sandy is so sweet. Before we left, she gave each one of us a cute little heart shaped gem stone on a chain. Along with the stone, we also got a list of different gems and what each color stands for. Love my new team:)


Made sure to take time to do a bit of grocery shopping as well. Trying a few new things.
Jarlsberg LITE Swiss cheese. ( 1 slice= 3.5 fat, 0 carbs, 9 protein)
Suzie’s kamut cakes (30 calories, 0 fat, 5 carbs)
Applegate herb turkey slices ( 2 oz= 0 fat, 0 carbs, 10 protein)


Words you, and I should live by….. This is totally true. Seriously…because knowing me, after a couple glasses of wine…..I start raiding the pantry. Not a good look on anybody. If there’s anything remotely unhealthy in my house, trust me, it’s gone in 2 seconds…all of it. I’m trying to work on this. I

(Source: instagram)
My most exciting purchase this weekend! I’ve been looking for the perfect Popsicle molds and hallelujah!!! I have found them! I stopped into Crate & Barrel and of course, wanted to buy everything…and saw these from the corner of my eye. The best part was, they were 13 bucks for 6 molds! Please do follow one of my favorite instagram friends who inspired me to start making protein pops. FITALICIOUS_ME. Time for summer…and ice cream;)


Best news of all!! I taught a song in Sandy’s class last night! My first time front and center:) It was AWESOME! The room was full of fantastic vibes, and I had my Spartos to keep me hydrated and full of energy!


This Thursday, I will be showcasing 2 songs in Sandy’s class:)


This week’s Pinterest Health find:
A great cheat sheet for the benefits of foods.

(Source: Pinterest)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! Any plans for east weekend???
I’ve got a lot of very exiting stuff coming your way! A couple of great new recipes, some reviews, and an awesome giveaway! Stay tuned babes!


Change is healthy…1 less day @ the salon…Zumba training, & more time to blog;)

In At home cooking, Breakfast, clean food, Never perfect, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule, zumba On March 14, 2013 2 Comments

Loves!!!! So sorry I’ve been MIA:( I’ve been sooooooo busy, and there are lots of changes happening. I’m super excited, but I gotta tell ya, a few panic attacks during the last couple days. Been playing catch up since coming back from Vegas along with many other things.

Ok, where do I begin….as you know, I’m gearing up for my ZUMBA instructor license, and I’ll be teaching my first classes starting April 1st. Ahhhhhhhhhh, I’m freaking a bit. Ive gotta learn 15 songs by that day. On top of that, I’ve been totally busy at work, hence, the late blogging. So yes, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, but I’ve got great news! I’m a pretty lucky girl, I must say, cuz my boss has agreed to let me work only 4 days instead of 5 days a week. I know, pretty amazing. Starting April 1st, I will be having Wednesdays off, which will allow me the time to catch up, teach a Zumba class, and get my blogging done.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to gain that balance.

Though I’ve been neglecting the computer the last few days, my workouts have been on fire! Im planning on learning 2 new songs (choreography) for next weeks ZUMBA classes. Getting my feet wet I guess you could say;) this weekend it’s on…I’ll be practicing in front of the mirror for like 10 hrs. Lol.

Although a slow start to the week, Wednesday I kicked ass with a fasted cardio session in the a.m.


On the elliptical for intervals by 5:30a.m
50 minutes
Just water, no food.


I highly doubt that I’m the only one that listens to hardcore rap when they work out….
This shit gets me going. Sometimes I sing along, and forget others can hear me… Whoops.


Burned 524 cals before ever even realizing I was awake. :)


Of course after a workout, I’m starved. I felt like something fresh, green, and hearty, so I made up some random stuffed egg wrap that was delicious! I had loads of kale I needed to use up, and seeing as St. Patty’s day is around the corner, I figured green is what’s up.


For the ” Green Protein Egg Wrap”


A handful of clean kale

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop whey protein

2-3 drops stevia

1/4 cup egg whites


Blended all ingredients in the vitamix, greased a square flat pan, and poured mixture. On med heat, allow to cook like a thin crepe. Or like you would cook an omelette without the folding, just flip.


For the filling

1-2 tbsp fromage blanc or nonfat sour cream or Greek yogurt

1 tbsp hot & sweet mustard ( I like Trader Joes brand)

1/4 thinly sliced apple

Low sodium turkey slices

A handful of mixed greens

Thinly sliced tomatoes ( didn’t originally add this, but regretted not doing so…so u should add)




Thinly, layer ingredients, and roll up carefully. Serve with a bit of siracha or even a tbsp of hummus.


This is a great alternative to eating a sandwich on two pieces of bread. This is completely LOW CARB.




My lunches have been totally predictable. Same shit, different day. ;) I don’t mind though. I’m obsessed with salmon right now. I bake a few fillets, and take them to luch everyday with a side salad. Healthy, filling, and full of essential fatty acids.


After work, I headed straight to a doubled up workout. 1 hour ZUMBA + 1 hr body sculpting. I told you I killed it today;)

By 9:00 p.m, I was dunzoooooooo. I gotta take as many classes as possible to get ready for my teaching debut;)


Favorite part: the cool down. just as important as the workout itself.

Burned another 830 cals tonight. Not bad!!!

A bit of a random post, I know…but that’s how my mind works;) a few of my new favorite things…..
These fresh picked flowers from the front of my building.

New amazing smelling candle that is now burning in my bathroom.

Another vintage Indian crafted glass n gold jewelry box find…

My week in workouts….

Here is a great quote I found while pinning…. It got me through my overwhelming week.


On to practicing my ZUMBA moves this weekend! Xoxo
Glad to be back;)


Things that make me go Mmm Mmmm..

In At home cooking, clean food, life, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On March 5, 2013 2 Comments

Homemade pumpkin protein muffins


NOW Better Stevia (French vanilla)


1.5 hr Hatha Yoga @ Rising Lotus


1hour ZUMBA class with Sandy Campy Fitness


Make your own veggie juice @ Farm Boy market


Spending the day at outside….in the sun:)


Laying by the pool, and yes, I do have sunscreen on.


Fresh blackberries….


Grapefruit…strawberries…kiwis….clean, amazing, and delicious.


Fresh coconut…..


Until this happened…. Definitely DID NOT make me say mmmmmmm….
Sick. Super bummed.


Ojai… of my favorite spots.


Fresh oyster bar @ LURE in Ventura

Fresh & paired with a crisp white wine. Heaven.


Ahi ceviche… Bomb.


Oyster shooters.




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.


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!


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:)


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!!!


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.
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.
Leg raises
Weighted cable crunch
Stability ball AB work
Mountain climbers
Dead lifts
Back rows


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.


I have such a ritual now, I’m loving it.
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!


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


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)


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!


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.



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


Spinach/kale mix

2 pieces turkey bacon

1 heart of palm

A handful of chopped cilantro.

Dressed with olive oil and vinegar


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.


On the menu this evening folks:






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.


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


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)




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.


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…


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


Red peppers






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!


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.


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


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:


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!


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.

Last but not least, I know your all waiting for it;) GET THE LOOK:

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


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!?


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.


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???

A whopping $69.99, compared to $250


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?
From my heart to yours<3
Xo, P





Hallelujah it’s SUPERBOWL Sunday!

In Breakfast, clean food, popular recipes, Sunday funday, superbowl ideas, Uncategorized, yoga, zumba On February 3, 2013 1 Comment

Yeay!! The weekend is finally here! Happy Sunday babes! Today is SUPERBOWL Sunday, and I’ve decided, instead of going to a bar, I would watch it on my cozy couch! I honestly just couldn’t be bothered to go out. It was a super busy and FIT morning, and I’ve got a lot of great stuff to share today, so I figured I could stream the game on my computer (since my loser ass doesn’t even have a cable box) and catch up on some blogging:)


Last night my girlfriends took me out for some delicious Mexican food to celebrate my bday;) a few days late… I love when my birthday drags out for a week.
We had skinny margaritas
And shared chicken fajitas,chips and guacamole,and a beef taco salad.
Oh I almost forgot…the flan I devoured.
We gossiped all night long, and you wouldn’t believe when I say that, I actually slept in till 730 this morning!! WooooHoooooo!
I think my body just needed it.
So this morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to start my scheduled workout and clean eating week. (My wk starts on Sundays)

Hallelujah for Purely Twins who share such great ideas for low carb eaters! They are my go to every morning!
I was craving something hearty this morning, especially since I knew I would be doing bank to back classes today. On my days off, I tend to really hit it hard, in case I miss a scheduled workout during the week.
So this morning was their recipe for a single serving coconut bread.


Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever made. It’s 3 ingredients!

I doubled the recipe, cuz I knew I would want more than a single serving;) hehe.
So here it is:

2 tbsps coconut flour
2 eggs or 1 egg two egg whites
2 tsp gelatin

Super interesting! I never would’ve thought to use gelatin..genius!
This was a hit for me… Making this all the time now! Yipeeeeeeeee ;)


I made them into pancakes;) duh.
Andddd heart shaped for Valentines Day. plans for that day yet… Ahhheemmmm boys… ;) lol


I drizzles some sugar free ( naturally sweetened with xylitol) honey. Buy here. ( on the right)
Sprinkled some unsweetened coconut and topped with blackberries. ( I just defrosted some frozen ones in the micro and they ended a bit juicy,


I was feeling reeeealllll cozy, eating pancakes and chillin in my pj’s, but I had to get movin soon, so I made sure to double up on my espresso;) 2 shots please….


9:00 a.m. Was my first class of yoga in ages. I think the last time I was doing yoga, was when I was in Nicaragua. (Feb). I grabbed a few essentials, and headed out the door. I could hear Willy freaking out scratching the door. Ugh.


Super stoked on my green juice from Earthbar!
I thought this would be great after my two classes back to back to replenish my body. And what better way than with fruits and veggies! This particular one was kale, lemon, green apple, and cucumber.


I bought a 10 class series at Rising Lotus Yoga from groupon. A gift to myself for my birthday;) I was starting to feel I needed something just like this 1 time a week to break up my routine. I was super excited to see If I could still werrrrk it;) lol
I arrived a few minutes early, to sign in and get a good spot. I met the instructor, who was such a sweet man. This class was scheduled for an hour and 1/2. Wow.



Class was amazing!! Like soooooo great! I got right back into it as if it was yesterday! I felt flexible and full of energy. I wore my heart rate monitor, of course, and burned 200 calories. Although that may not seem like a lot, and yes, it actually isn’t that much…. I wasn’t really doing it for that. I was planning to burn at least 600 in my next class, so I wasn’t trippin. I wanted to incorporate this type of exercise in my regimen in order to encourage better breathing, stretching, flexibility, and strength.

After yoga, I quickly stopped at home to take Willy out for a walk. He needs to release some of that gnarly anxiousness and energy. Then, I headed straight to Zumba. Class was taught by Lucia today, who, bless her, was sick, and still brought it ON!
I burned almost 700 cals in that hour! Holy shizzzzzleeee! That’s what I like to see.
After class, my body was like ” k, byeeeeeee”.


I came home and immediately prepared myself an protein packed lunch. I find that eating my protein within 30 minutes of exersice increases muscle growth and repairs my muscle tissue.
So, lunch consisted of:
5 oz chicken breast topped with part skin mozzarella
Cucumber slices with 2 tbsp hummus
2 hard boiled egg whites

I could tell my body was craving protein, Cuz I ate that shit up like I was being chased by a train!

My favorite part of a meal… dessert!

I had one of my SUPERBOWL faves that I posted yesterday:) This was the one coated in PB2. I enjoyed it allllllll. I just realized how silly this pic is… Ummmmm ok.


BIG GAME Y’ALL!!! Lol, I’m streaming it on my Mac while enjoying a homemade skinny margarita! So good. This is my absolute drink of choice! Well, other than red wine of course, but who drinks red wine while watching superbowl….not I. I’m not a huge fan of the teams playing, so really, I could give a s#*t who wins, but I love football, so I’m stoked:) oh and BTW…I am like a teenager waiting for Beyonce to perform halftime! Ahhhhhh, I think she is sooo fierce!


I can’t remember where I got this recipe exactly but it’s the best Margarita I’ve ever had! Now that I’ve had this clean version, I can’t ever have one of those ultra sweet, and sour, heavy on the mix ones. No thanks! They are absolutely full of sugar, and god knows what.



1 cup lime juice

1 cup water

20 drops liquid stevia

6 oz tequila

2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice


Orange zest

Salt for glass rim (optional)


This recipe is makes a small pitcher, and serves 4.
Use a lemon juicer to get the max out of the fruit, and makes your life easier:)

This is so on point! When I’m out at a Mexican restaurant, and there version of a skinny margarita is one with agave… I say ” No thanks, I’ll just have tequila on the rocks with lots and lots of lime and a spash of orange please” and I bust out my stevia from my purse like a creep. I swear, people stare as if I was drugging myself. Lol. With my lil stevia drops. Hahahaha


I ended up having an early dinner.I had to do some clients tonight, and didn’t want to be eating at 9.00 p.m.
Tonight’s dinner was no shocker. Lol. Chicken breast, lemon/chipotle baby broccoli ( my everything) and 2 hard boiled egg whites.
This is my absolute favorite way to eat broccoli. I wayyyy prefer baby broccoli to the fatter, shorter one. These have more of a crunch, which I love. I used to HATE brocolli!



Dessert was a handful of RAW almonds and dried mulberries.
Anyway…what’s even MORE exciting… Is that the Healthy Self challenge has started today! Thanks girls for putting this on! Now, I’m passing it along for all of you babes to do it with me!
Well, I sort of started today…wasn’t so much meatless, but at least no red meat today;) this is such a fun way to keep motivated, help each other stay on track and get to know each other. We are all in this together;)


Monday, February 4th – Go meatless for the day
Thursday, February 7th – Do 100 burpees throughout the day
Saturday, February 9th – Start reading a new book
Monday, February 11th – Do a workout that targets your legs
Thursday, February 14th – Tell someone 3 reasons you love them
Saturday, February 16th – Eat the rainbow
Monday, February 18th – Tackle a nagging task
Thursday, February 21st – Make a green smoothie
Saturday, February 23rd – Do three planks
Monday, February 25th – Hang out with a friend
Thursday, February 28th – Take some ME time


Yahoooooo! Hope you enjoyed this beautiful Sunday y’all!




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


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 and it’s full of protein and fiber, with practically no carbs!


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!


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


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.


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;)



• 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.


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!


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.


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


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.

Soooo stoked. He just wants to run wild in there!


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


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


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:)


The 3 MARINADES are:




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



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.


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!

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?

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.


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

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!


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! ;)



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




Thursday’s Train and things:

In circuit, Never perfect, thursday things, Uncategorized, zumba On January 17, 2013 3 Comments

Good day all!
I’m glad you liked the latest post on the About Time Protein. I just ordered 36 packets of different favors! STOKED. I ordered some strawberry flavored whey, so I will definitely be trying out recipes and sharing later on.

I wanted to share last nights dinner with you guys, cuz it was super healthy, gorgeous, and easy, and if you’re on a budget, a great idea. My friend Jules has also jumped on the low carb/low glycemic bandwagon with me, and is looking great! She made us a roasted turkey that she just threw in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. You can find whole turkeys at the grocery stores right now for a really great price.
She roasted some cauliflower, sautéed some onions, threw it all into the blender with a little fat free half & half, and viola!
Also, just tossed arugula in some blood orange olive oil and vinegar. Super easy, and delicious.


We ate right out of the roasting pan! Lol
It was soooo tender! 350 degrees for just under 2 hrs. Then you can keep the rest of it in the fridge to pack for lunches.


I’ve been getting some comments from friends to post more of my workouts, so here’s one that I love doing on the days where I don’t have much time to hit the gym. This is a great one to do right before you jump in the shower. It’s quick. Only 10 minutes.
I’m leaving for San Fransisco tomorrow with my best friends, so I’m trying to get in as much exercise as I can this week. Cuz, believe me, when us girls get together, we love to cook, EAT, and drink!


These mother effers are what I can’t have in my house…so I threw them in my lunch bag today to give to my coworkers. I just really can’t have this in my house. It’s torture.


I started taking the stairs instead of the elevator leaving the parking garage. You never know, maybe it’ll burn at least one of the chocolate square I ate last night :/


Small achievement but something is better than nothing. I found this on pinterest, and though it was was totally appropriate for todays goal. Everyday, strive for the best. If you fall, get right back up.


Today’s eats were really clean for the most part. This is the mantra that I’ve been trying stick to. Although sometimes hard, I know I feel the best when I stick to this type of diet.



Egg white frittata with cauliflower and kale, topped with skim mozzarella.

A handful of walnuts

Espresso with almond milk.



Raw trailmix



Roasted vegetables

Green salad mix

Roasted turkey breast topped with radish kimchi.

Water with lemon










Arugula with sesame seeds

Leftover roasted veggies

Brads Raw food kale chips




Mom’s homemade gluten free banana bread with a handful of blueberries

All in all, pretty good, except for…Now looking at it, I think I’m having too many nuts in my everyday diet. hmmmmm. Gotta change that a bit. They are just so yummy and snacky,  but easy to over do it.



It was a gorgeous day in LA today. 75 degrees. perfect. Any excuse to bust out my fave pair of grey suede shorts.




TOP: Free People on sale. $40.00

SHORTS: BCBG grey suede shorts with pockets. $49.99 on sale at the BCBG outlet.

SHOES: Lucky brand. Found at Ross for $30.00



8:00 p.m rolled around quick. I got home from work a little achy, so I laid in my living room and did some quick stretches before heading to ZUMBA. I ate my din before class cuz I knew by the time I got home, it would be quite late.

Did I mention to ya’ll that I’m gonna be leaving for San Francisco tomorrow? I’m glad I got one last workout in before the girls trip. I packed my suitcase in a super crazy rush (hopefully I got everything I needed) and took off to Zumba.


All cozy, beanie and all.





Sweaty lady. I was totally and utterly DRENCHED!

Of course I went  ALLLLL out and managed to burn 600 calories. There were lots of new faces in class, and they did GREAT!

I love seeing them get it. It’s sometimes not easy, but everyone BROUGHT IT HOME TODAY!



I LOVE THIS: I found this really great log that you could literally use everyday. It’s really fantastic. And, since receiving comments about posting more workouts and stuff, I thought this would be perfect to keep track of the daily progress, goals, and just seeing where my heads at, you know?

Ok I will tell you the truth… the whole “no Chocolate ” thing… yeah… already broke that. woops.


Tomorrow is a busy day, so I most likely wont be posting, but trust me.. I’m about to go apeshit on the pic sitch in San Fran. Also while there, I love to wake up the earliest. Before the sun fully comes out, I go out and run the city before it wakes…Speaking of this trip…

Number 1: I gotta remember to get my boarding pass early online.

Number 2: Renew my passport, apparenly,it expires in march! eeeeek

I cant wait For FRIENDS Time! lol

I dropped willy off at my parents house… Stress Free;)

See you guys soon. xo



ZUMBA Instructor SPOTLIGHT: Sandy Campanella

In Reviews, spotlight, Uncategorized, zumba On January 14, 2013 0 Comments



I am soooo excited to do my first ever INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT!!!!


As you know, since last August, I have become completely ADDICTED to zumba! It’s changed my life! I have never had soooo much fun working out, I swear. When I walked into the studio for the first time, I gotta admit, I was a bit nervous. Sandy was so sweet, and assured me that it didn’t matter if I knew the steps or not. She said, ” Just make it your own, have fun with it, and the coordination will come” Well, now…I am always in the front of the class, going FULL OUT every time! I never thought that I would feel confident enough to do that, but her energy, and motivation pushes pushes me to work that much harder! I promise, you will feel the same!

Sandy’s passion for dance, music, and encouraging people to get healthy, is contagious.



So, I approached Sandy about doing a write up. About her, her style, and how to get started. I am all about promoting upcoming people, or businesses that I believe will be the best advocates of healthy lifestyles. Trust me, I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t such a BELIEVER and so PASSIONATE about this FIT program. She doesn’t just teach fitness, she LIVES it.

We did a little Q & A that I hope will inspire you to make a change this new year!



FF2F:hat lead or inspired you to becoming a Zumba instructor?

SC: What led me to become a Zumba instructor was all the many years I was involved in dance. I grew up dancing Folkloric Dance and Flamenco in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. I LOVE Latin music; it moves me to no end.  One day I was watching TV (which I rarely do) and was flipping through the channels and ran across “Zumba Fitness.”   I thought, “I want to teach that!”  A month later I was certified.

FF2F: What are the benefits to this type of exercise?

SC: There are many benefits to Zumba.  It’s a full body workout, which means you’re going to burn more calories. I have seen some amazing transformations in students who come three times a week. It’s also a GREAT cardio workout.

FF2F: do people need dance experience to take a class like this?

SC: You definitely don’t need dance experience to take a Zumba class. You need only to be willing to allow yourself to have fun and connect to the music.  Because I repeat a lot of the routines from week to week, my students who come on a regular basis get to know the routines well. The key is to not give up and to be patient with yourself.


FF2F: how long does it typically take to choreograph for your class?

SC: When I choreograph a new routine, it takes me a couple of hours. I want to find the balance of the fitness and dance element of the routine, which can take me time to find.  I always have my students in mind. I want to challenge them and yet not make the routine to difficult to follow.

Every week I make a new playlist, and that takes me about 20 minutes. I pay close attention to the order of the routines so as to challenge my students and to help them get the best workout.

FF2F: what keeps your business thriving?and why would someone choose this class?

SC: I think what keeps my business thriving is the fun factor.  I really do love what I do, and I have so much fun doing it. It’s also important to me to know my students’ names, and that, I believe, makes the environment a safe one and more personal. I also have some AMAZING students who are so supportive of each other and any new student that comes to class. I’m a lucky gal.



FF2F: what are the future plans for Sandy Campy Fitness?

SC: As for the future of Sandy Campy Fitness, I hope to add more classes. I think the key to success in fitness is variety, the time you work out, the instructor, the type of workout, etc.  I hope to add a Self Defense/Body Sculpt class and maybe a Yoga/Body Sculpt class and eventually fitness classes for kids.

FF2F: do you offer instructor training?

SC: Right now, I do not offer instructor training.  However, I encourage my instructors to come often to my classes, free of charge, so they can become familiar with how I teach and with the students.

FF2F: what words of advice can you give people struggling to get fit for the new year?

 SC: It’s important to make exercise a part of your daily life. You need to make it a habit, so that, regardless of how you feel on any particular day, not exercising is not an option. Exercise and connecting to my body has gotten me through some challenging times in my life. It’s like hitting the reset button. After a hard workout, I say to any challenge, “BRING IT ON!”


FF2F: Where can we find sandy campy classes and info?

SC: You can find Sandy Campy Fitness at Independence Dance Company, 11108 Huston Street , North Hollywood, CA 91601. You can find my class schedule


Sandy Campy Fitness is offering a GNARLY GROUPON DEAL!

$35 bucks!! Get FIT, come work out with me and meet Sandy!

Check out her reviews on yelp! 5 STARS!



Here a great 15 minute video to get a bit familiarized with Sandy and her style! She’s a little firecracker!


Zumba 15 1:5:13 from Sandy Campy Fitness on Vimeo.