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MEMORIAL DAY RECAP<3

In bbq, blend retreat, fashion, fitness, get the look, giveaway!, GPP FITNESS, new faves, popular recipes, protein shakes, Uncategorized, WOD On May 28, 2013 11 Comments

Happy Tuesday beauties!! Hope y’all had a fabulous day off celebrating Memorial Day;) I already have Mondays off, so nothing too out of the ordinary for me. Gym, as usual, a bit of bbqin’, and a LOT of laying around doing nothing but watching movie after movie. I never do hat. It was fab!
I’ve been obsessing over how beautiful my peonies have bloomed, so I must share. They were having a sale at whole foods the other day, $8.99 for 6 stems. Egggggzactly! You best believe, I stocked up.

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Monday was a bit of a recovery day for me. Sunday was jam packed. We hosted our bestie’s bridal shower, which was SOOOO FUN, but not joking….lots of wine, champagne, sangria…..oh andddddd chips and salsa.;) oops

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My white peonies…. I’ve finally learned how to keep them fresh and lasting….
SNIP ENDS EVERYDAY
CHANGE WATER EVERYDAY
KEEP AWAY FROM TOO MUCH SUNLIGHT
ADD A PINCH OF SUGAR

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I will be sharing the post soon of the bridal party shenanigans, but until then, here’s a sneak peak of part of the dessert options..
sugar-free chocolate covered strawberries. YUMMMMMMMMMZIESSSS

Super simple and much healthier than traditional choco-covered strawberries. Give it a try.

1st:
Rinse fruit and let completely dry

2nd:
in a med bowl, mix 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/3 cup 100% cacao powder ( I used raw/organic)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 drops stevia
Pinch of salt

3rd:
Place on parchment paper and into the fridge they go to set.

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Yesterday started off with a trip to the gym. The plan of attack:
GPP FITNESS amazing-NESS!
Yeah, I know…WTF. First thing in the morning….yes fasted.
Homegirl needed to burn off some of that alcohol and chips from Sunday!
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Sporting my new Strut This tank. A lil fitmixer in my blender bottle, and I’m ready to sweat.

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That’s right….you take a full deck of cards with you to the gym or you could also do this at home, find a nice space where you can jump and run around like a crazy, and do one card at a time.

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My warmup was 20 minutes on the stair master on “INTERVALS”. Got my heart rate up and my body sweatin’.
I headed to the mats where there was also a long “runway” for my sprints.
So, whoever the F*%k last shuffled these cards was a Mother Trucker, cuz I kept getting burpee after burpee card, like it was my J.O.B! Ughhhhhhh I was dying.

I switched up my jokers from 400 meter run to sprints.
Also switched aces from 10 reps to 50 jumping jacks.

Yep, that’s right, you don’t stop until you finish the deck of cards. This workout is fantastic to try with clients for time. It’s a full body workout, and trust me, you really burn does muscles out.
When I finished… I was sweating bullets, panting, and completely flushed. Super proud of my motivation, geez.
I looked like I was training for the Olympics or something, lol, to the point where one of the trainers comes up to me and says, “Hi, I’m Mario, sorry to bother you but….what are you doing? Are you an athlete?
Ummmm…” LOL, no…but I like to train like I am.
I was so happy to share with him my new obsession with GPP fitness.

Check out sweaty Nettie after that workout!!! This is my fat crying! ­čśë

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I could NOT wait to get home and devour this Vega Sport Chocolate Protein shake! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, so I was stoked when Vega hooked it up for the swag bags at blend retreat! Yipeeee. It was like drinking melted chocolate ICE CREAM! Holy delicious! I’m sad I only had 2 packets:(

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Mid day snack…Blueprint Green juice. It’s super yummy, but I gotta say…I’m hungry again in about 3 seconds. Hmmmmm.

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So….pre-lunch (movie) appetizer…. And no, this wasn’t all for me chicks. Lol. A lil midday wine to celebrate the holiday, don’t judge. It was far past noon.;)

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I discovered a new favorite cheese y’all!!!! And……you can find it even at Ralph’s! It’s called Beecher’s Handmade (from Seattle) OOOOOMMMMMGGGGGGG
It’s a semi-hard cows milk cheese. A little sharp, aged for 15 months. So bomb. We also enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine. Acacia “A” Pinot noir is my latest find. For around $15 it’s a great bottle that’s soft on the palate. This particular one has nots of raspberry, black cherry, slightly sweet but a bit peppery. Oooohhhhhweeeeee, really lovely.

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Actual lunch was simple, fresh, and clean.
Mixed baby greens tossed in orange olive oil w/ muscat champagne vinegar,along with some BBQ turkey breast fresh off the grill. Gotta balance it out right!?

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The following are a few of my favorite new items. Of course, I can’t leave the store without picking up something new.
The Good Belly is:
*all natural
*organic
*20 billion live and active probiotic cultures in a serving.
*dairy free, soy free, & vegan

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A much as I’m not such a huge fan of protein bars, except the occasional quest bar, sometimes, you really just need a grab and go, right? This isn’t a meal replacer, I cannot handle those. ( I’m a hungry girl) this is a perfect snack!
The SIMPLY Bar is only:
* 160 calories
* 10 net carbs
* 16 grams of protein
* 4 grams of fat
* only 3 grams sugar.

Another one of their products I LOVE…. SIMPLY PROTEIN CHIPS holy cow, I tried these at the blend retreat, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on more ever since!

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Moving on ladies…. Time for “GET THE LOOK”

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Casual can be cute…and yes, I wore a sports bra to work, and that shit was cute;)
Thanks to LULU;)

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BANGLES: Nomad in Ojai, CA
ARMBAND: Olive & Tweed (Utah)

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SUNNIES: Gap
SPORTSBRA: Lululemon

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SANDALS: Madden Girl

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DRESS: Forever 21

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Hope you all enjoyed today’s post babes;)
Here’s a little FOOD FOR THOUGHT….;)

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Oh, and if you haven’t already entered to win 2 free entries to the COLOR ME RAD 5K…..do so HERE! winners will be announced on JUNE 17th. I send you the coupon code, and you’re in!

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Xoxo,
Paula

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

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

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

CHOCOLATE LAVA PROTEIN CAKE
(Adapted from @tastyhealth)

2 scoop chocolate About Time protein

1 tbsp cocoa

2 egg white 1 tsp baking powder

4 tsp coconut flour

2 tbsp greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp stevia (granulated)

6 tbsp  unsweetened vanilla almond milk

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These are her exact DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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I whipped up some vanilla topping with:

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

Listen, is honestly EASY.

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

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

Here was the circuit:

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

Total 3.5 miles.

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

THAT WAS A KILLER 45 MINUTE CARDIO SESH!

Strength training included:

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

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

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post workout VANILLA-KALE-BERRY protein shake:

I packet About Time vanilla protein

5 drops stevia

2 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen blackberries

1/2 cup frozen chopped kale ( trader joes)

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup water

Couple drops vanilla extract

1 tsp bee pollen

1 probiotic pill ( opened and added to blender)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday Things and Workouts…

In Christmas, decor galore, protein shakes, Uncategorized, WOD On December 4, 2012 0 Comments

 

 

Good day babes! Today I felt back on track with my training. I put on my CEP ankle compression brace, I grabbed my gymboss and hit the gym really early.

I started off on the treadmill:
4 minute warmup
walk mile 1 at 6.4
Mile 2 at 7.1
Moved over to the eliptical for:
3 miles with Intervals of :
incline 5/ resistance 6
to 10 incline/ 10 resistance
It alternated every two minutes.
That HIIT workout got my heart rate up that’s for sure!
I moved into the aerobic room and was ready to start my rounds.
I put my gymboss on 50 sec work/ 20 sec rest
  • ┬ájumping jacks
  • push-ups to plank
  • ┬áSit ups on stability ball
  • ┬áalternating lunges with bicep curl using 12 lb weights
  • ┬áplank on elbows
  • ┬áMountain climbers
  • ┬ábicycle crunches
  • ┬ávertical leg lifts
  • ┬áJumping jacks
I recently bought this awesome PUMA
top. The sleeves snap on and off, which is great for this on and off weather we’ve been having. It’s really comfortable and light, so I didn’t feel suffocated. Love it!
Super cool look too! I kinda felt like a ninja. lol

When I got home I went straight to the kitchen to make a yummy protein smoothie. This one was made up of:
  • my favorite 30 gram per scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 a banana
  • ┬á1/2 cup unsweetened flax milk
  • ┬á1/2 cup of water
  • ┬á2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese
  • ┬á1 tbsp PB2
  • ┬ávanilla bean paste ( or extract)
  • ┬á1 tbsp sugar-free vanilla syrup

Feeling good after that, I took some time to work on the blog, hang out with Willy and take my time getting ready. I love my mornings. I wake up early to get the most out of my day. Some people think I’m nuts. Sometimes going to bed early and in my gym clothes (yes, it’s true), but whatever, I get stuff done and it feels great.

 

With the holidays around the corner, I’ve been receiving all kinds of little coupons, which doesn’t seem like much, but you know what, it’s money, and every bit counts. Especially during a time when you are spending quite a bit of money pretty much the whole month. It’s nice to know we can actually save some money during that process. I sometimes take these for granted, but hey, they’re offering, so I’m taking!

I just realized a had a collection of em’ in my wallet:)

For snack and lunch I packed:

RAW crusts with organic ghee+ sugar free jam

A persimmon

A low fat string cheese

1/2 cup of blueberries

Leftover salmon over a salad

I’ve had kind of a late start with the decorations this year for some reason, but I finally busted most of them out to get my spirit goin. Problem with Christmas decor is that it can easily make a small space feel and look cluttered and that is a little annoying to me. Ew, I just sounded bitchy.

You know what I mean though. Right?

I must mention that these flowers have somehow survived 2 1/2 weeks! I swear, so weird, but I’m stoked! All I did was change out the water every 3-4 days.

My front door:) A little cheesy but I find it cute like in a grandma kinda way:) Mom sent me home with it a few years ago, so i felt like it had to go up. I think it’s grown on me. I ┬áreally want to start a better collection that I can really connect to, you know, like how your parents have ornaments and decorations that go back to when you were in kindergarden. Never made a difference if they were the most hideous looking object, they still make it onto the mantle. So funny

I can’t live without candles in my house. I especially love them when they create a holiday vibe in the air. I light them first thing in the morning (well, when I get back from the gym) while I get emails and posts ready, and every night while I’m cooking and enjoying a glass of red.

If you haven’t yet hit up Bath & Body Works this month, Check out their HOLIDAY CANDLE SELECTION!┬áAs soon as you check out, they give you all sorts of holiday discounts like $10 of your next $30 purchase. It’s awesome. The one I have lit right now, is Marshmallow Fireside. It smells like camping/christmas cookies! ┬áI had also bought these great Mexican Pumpkin candles from World Market, that were buy one get one free. ┬áCan’t beat that!

Cheesy bow, But I had it, so I figured, to hell with it, let’s put it ALL up! lol

I have a little obsession with white X-mas trees at the moment. Don’t ask.

My ” I LIKE NUTS” nutcracker I got last year. Love my lil guy.

My Tobi Tobin candle that I think is too pretty to even open.

And of course, you cant have the holiday without at least one poinsettia. They last forever and are easy to take care of. I actually think they’re really pretty. Well, except for the gross colored foil they wrap it in. EW. I picked this one up when I ran into Trader Joe’s yesterday. $5.99 are ya outta ur minddddd!

Tonight, I’m gonna leave you with a little thing I call:

Tomorrow Morning’s Challenge

LET ME ASK YOU:

What is your favorite passed down holiday tradition??