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The Biggest, Baddest Taco Salad On the Planet

Ohhhh my gosh you guys. I have created the BEST taco salad on the planet. And bonus? It’s healthy too!!!

For some reason the other night, I decided that I wanted a taco salad. I haven’t had one in…..years? And it sounded REALLY GOOD.

I wanted a healthy salad, but didn’t want a flavor bore, so I got creative.

I present to you, the BIGGEST (like, fo’ real), BADDEST Taco Salad On the Planet

Ingredients: I’m not putting amounts for some of these, as you can just put as much as you want!

-Romaine Lettuce (as much as ya want)

-Shredded Lettuce (as much as ya want)

-Chopped Tomatoes

-Pico De Gallo

-Chopped Bell Peppers & Onions

-3-4 oz. Lean Ground Turkey

-1 Dollop of 0% Fage Greek Yogurt

-1 Dollop of Wholly Guacamole Spicy Salsa

-Optional: 1 oz shredded Mexican Cheese

Directions: Put it all in a BIG ASS BOWL (trust me you’ll need it) and mix it up. Then take a bite of the perfectly texturized salad made from heaven.

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YOU’RE WELCOME!

 


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A Weekend from my Weekend

Does anyone else ever feel like that? Like you need a weekend to recover from your weekend? That’s how I feel right now. It was a fun one, but I’m pretty exhausted now! More coffee please…..

Saturday started off with a tough workout with my man. We did snatches, heavy squats, pull ups, and bent over rows. To say it was tough is an understatement. It was a lot of fun though!

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After relaxing for a while, I picked up my friend Tedi and headed to Mother’s Beach for some paddle boarding. I didn’t take any photos because although I’m comfortable on the water, I’m not taking the chance on dropping my phone in the ocean! We saw sea lions, a sailboat tip over, and luckily NO STING RAYS. Apparently there is an abundance of them lately, and I’m proud to say I didn’t get to meet one. It was a really nice day out and the perfect way to cap off my Saturday.

Mother's Beach

Mother’s Beach

On Sunday morning, Charlie suggested we drive up the coast a bit to grab some breakfast. I haven’t done that in a long time, so I was totally game! We ended up eating at Marmalade Cafe in Malibu. The food was pretty good, but it was really noisy in there. Maybe I’m just a 90 year old lady stuck in a 26 year old’s body, but I can’t stand loud restaurants. I like quiet and serenity. Other than that, it was a good experience!

When we finished eating, we decided to drive up the coast a bit more. We stopped in Oxnard (the really bad part of town) and had an interesting experience at a frozen yogurt shop. Needless to say, we didn’t spend much time there. Before we knew it, we were renting Kayaks on Lake Casitas and rowing away!

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We only lasted a bit on the water (we were both SOO sore from the previous day’s workout), and decided to head back home to veg out around 4:30pm.

We spent the rest of the night relaxed on the couch, watching The Killing (our new favorite show!!). It’s soooo good.

Anyways, I’m back at work (even though I’d rather be snoozing) and the week is off to a good start!

Have you ever gone paddle boarding?

More importantly, have you ever encountered a sting ray in real life?!


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4th of July Weekend Recap + Video

Oh man….is anyone else having trouble getting back into the swing of things after 4th of July weekend?? I kind of felt like I forgot how to work when I got up this morning. 3 day weekends are awesome, but I think I get why we don’t have them every weekend. I’m still getting things done today…but I’m struggling….

I don’t think this sunburn is helping….

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More on that later…..

Friday morning Charlie and I hit up Best Buy and decided to buy a new TV. We’ve been totally red-necking it with our TV set up at home and finally bit the bullet with a new Smart TV. We still don’t have cable (and don’t want it) but now we can watch Netflix and Hulu on our TV instead of our laptop. Woohoo for getting with the times!

Afterwards, we headed to the [closed] gym for a workout. Perks of working for a gym I guess. We did heavy deadlifts, heavy squats, and heavy barbell reverse lunges. We were SO SORE all weekend because of it.

We spent the rest of the day hanging by the pool and relaxing….not a bad day if you ask me!

Soooo about that sunburn….Not cool. I completely forgot sunscreen TWO DAYS IN A ROW. I honestly don’t know when I will learn. Guess I’ll just keep trying. When I lived in AZ, I could spend hours in the sun and be fine…..here in Cali? 20 minutes and I’m burnt toast.

On Saturday, I headed to Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey (Marina Del Rehhhh…I took the 4055555 to the 101111…yes we really do that here in SoCal) and did some paddle boarding (and forgot sunscreen). It’s soooooo relaxing and nice to be out on the water. I’m not really sure why I don’t live on a boat and just hang out on the water all day every day. That’s the life, I tell ya. Someday!

Marina Boats

Marina Boats

Since Charlie and I hadn’t really gotten a chance to try out our new TV, we spent the rest of Saturday night watching The Killing marathon style and eating chinese food. Of course, I’m only good for a few episodes of anything before I completely pass out, but I’m loving the show! Have you guys seen it?! It’s suspenseful and unpredictable. Lovin’ it so far.

Sunday morning we had our Iron Member Appreciation BBQ….and once again….I was in a tank top…in direct sunlight. And now, I’m paying for it. Sunburns suck and I need to stop being a dumbass and slather on the sunscreen. Leather skin is never in style.

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Marina Boats

Marina Boats

Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July weekend…..here’s my workout plan for the week:

Monday: 20 min. HIIT on Stairmill + Bouldering (done)

Tuesday: Legs

Wednesday: 20 min. HIIT on Stairmill + Upper Body

Thursday: Bouldering + Full Body Circuit (Crossfit Style)

Friday: Legs

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Full Body Workout

What was the best part of your 4th of July Weekend?


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A Fun Survey & 4th of July Plans (Pictures)

Woohoo! Tomorrow is 4th of July….and an extra day off!! I love when holidays fall on a Friday or a Monday. It made this week FLY BY.

I plan on hanging out in the sun, BBQ’n it up, and just plain relaxing. I might try to sneak a workout in tomorrow morning, but other than that…I’m layin’ low!

I thought I’d end the week with a fun survey….since it’s basically Friday anyways. ;-)

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Egg whites, cheese, tomatoes, & avocado

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Usually about two medium sized bottles. It’s not enough. I need to drink more. I should start switching to the large bottles and drink two of those.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Oh man…do I have to pick one? Boxing, bouldering, lifting weights….

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4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Usually right around 2,000. Some days less, some days more, but that’s about where it ends up.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

FRUIT. I love fruit.

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6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Lately I’ve been eating Paleo burgers….but usually something with chicken in it. I love chicken.

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7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

LEGS. People at the gym make fun of me and say I only work out my ass. It’s not true…..but I do it a lot!!!

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8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Abs. I use them all the time and HATE training them on their own.

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9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Hmmm…I don’t really see food as good or bad to tell the truth. I eat in moderation…..but I would have to say ice cream is usually my “bad” treat.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I used to take all kinds of things…but lately…nothing.

11. How often do you eat out?

Too often. Usually once a day….but I have a few healthy spots nearby that I go to. We almost always eat dinner at home, though.

12. Do you eat fast food?

I haven’t in years.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

Charlie and my family

His and Hers Sunburns

His and Hers Sunburns

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Well yes…3 actually. I work at a gym, so naturally I have a membership there, but I also belong to a Crossfit Gym and a Rock Climbing Gym

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Not enough…..6-8

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16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

No. I pretty much eat what I want….it’s usually healthy…but I have a treat here and there when I feel like it.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Nope..not my thing.

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Sometimes I work out with friends…but usually I prefer to work out alone. I drag Charlie along when I can. ;-)

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19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

Umm…EVERYTHING. I don’t think I would be as successful, confident, or happy had I not walked into Lifts way back in 2007. I have also been able to make a career out of fitness, so that’s pretty cool too. :)

Perfect Stretch

Perfect Stretch

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Ate a bunch of grapes!! (shocker.)

Oh hey there....;-)

I hope you all have a safe, wonderful 4th of July!!!


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Leg Day Workout + ACU-MASSAGE

First off, thanks for all of your awesome comments on Part 1 of Then & Now: How I’ve Changed! You guys are nothing short of amazing. I’ll be posting Part 2 in the next few days, but I thought I’d keep it a bit lighter today.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I packed a LOT in. I’m definitely feeling sore today, but in a good way. I have a feeling that throughout the day it’s going to get worse, but for now I’m feeling great!

For the last few weeks, there’s been an area of my back that is knotted like a friggin’ PRETZEL. Seriously guys…..it is ridiculous. I go to an Acu-masseuse who is AMAZING and saw him for it about a month ago. It helped a TON, but one session was not enough for this. I went back to him last night to try to eradicate the problem for good.  He WORKED ME last night and I’m even a bit sore from it. Instead of working on digging into the tissue a ton, he works on re-aligning the spine. There is no cracking or popping, just a lot of movement. It works wonders. I feel like a new person today. I think between boxing, rock climbing, and weight lifting, my back just gets beat up. He also finishes the session with cupping, so I’m rocking some awesome octopus kisses today. :-D

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Workouts:

On the workout front, yesterday had me sweatin’ bullets. I did legs at the gym:

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Superset 1:

Romanian Deadlifts – 3 sets of 135# x 12 reps

Medicine Ball Thrusters – 3 sets of 16# x 15 reps

Superset 2:

DB Walking Lunges – 3 sets of 20#DB’s x 10 reps (per leg)

Ninja Jumps – 3 sets of 10  (i’ll have to take a video of these someday….they are intense…and awesome.)

Final Exercise:

BB Wide Stance Squats – 3 sets of 95# x 10 reps

After finishing up some work, I headed to Rockreation and did 10 routes. They re-did some of the routes and one in particular was SO COOL. I ended up doing it a few times to really perfect my technique on it. Low and behold I ended up tearing a callous. :-( I haven’t done that in a lonnnnnng time, so it was bound to happen sooner or later. Whomp, whomp.

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Since my back is a bit of a mess and I now have a ripped callous on my pinky, I’m not quite sure what I’ll do for exercise today. I need to let my back rest a little, so boxing is out, but I may do something crazy and take a yoga class or something (as I shudder thinking about it),. We’ll see how I feel later in the day.

What’s on your workout agenda for the day?

Have you ever done Acu-Massage?


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Part 1: Then and Now: I’ve Changed….

Happy Hump Day friends! I actually hate that people call it that, and here I am doing it myself.

 

Moving on…

I had an interesting scenario happen last night that shed some light on just how far I’ve come in the past few years. I thought I’d go into detail about this, as I know many women (and some men too) struggle with this as well.

(If you’re struggling with any type of eating disorder and feel this could trigger you, please don’t read any further.)

Last night, I pulled out a half eaten pint of Haagen Daaz Dulce de Leche ice cream. I ate it.

And then I moved on with my life.

Now, to someone who doesn’t and has never struggled with any type of food disorders, this probably doesn’t seem like anything and you’re likely not sure why I’m even pointing it out.

But for those of you who have in the past or are currently dealing with a bad relationship with food, you get it.

You see, 3-4 years ago, after I finished competing and started struggling with my ability to manage what I was eating, I would have eaten the Haagen Daaz ice cream, hopped in the car, and gone out to see what else I could get my hands on. More ice cream, cookies, chips, you name it. I hated it. I hated that I couldn’t control it. I hated that I felt the need to always have more, more, more. And it showed. I slowly gained weight and found myself embarrassed to go out because of how I looked. I was also extremely ashamed to be controlled by something so stupid. And it wasn’t like a drug I could quit….it was fucking food.

Last night was just another reminder of how far I’ve come. I struggled with my relationship with food for SO long (years) and really, truly thought I’d never have a normal relationship with food. I admired the people that could eat a few french fries and be done with it. Not me. I couldn’t do that. I had to eat all the french fries, and then as soon as I wasn’t with anyone else, I would go eat more. Until I was too full to breathe. It was disgusting, humiliating, and unhealthy.

But these days? I CAN do that. In fact, I often do. I can eat a few french fries and be done. I can even eat the whole basket of fries and then be done. I can eat 1 scoop of ice cream and not need more. I don’t NEED MORE. It’s a feeling I NEVER thought I would regain. I can truly say my relationship with food is NORMAL. And it’s freeing…..

So how did I do it?

Part 2 coming soon………….I’ll tell you how I did it and how it’s changed my life for the better…..

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Monday Food Diary + Abs Pic

Another Monday in the books. Glad I got that one out of the way! It was a good, but busy one! (aren’t they always?)

Workouts

On the workout front, I got my 20 minutes of HIIT on the stairmill in + a bouldering session at Rockreation. I got WORKED at Rockreation. I didn’t take many breaks and was completely sweaty by the end….and I was only there for about 35 minutes! Such a fun sport. I’m so glad I was introduced to it years ago and re-introduced since I’ve been back here in LA.

 

Food Diary Monday, 6/24/14

On the food front, I journaled what I ate yesterday for you guys. I’ll be honest, my breakfast isn’t anything to be proud of. I forgot to make breakfast and this was my best option with the time I had.

Breakfast:

Americano w/ Nonfat Milk

Nugo Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Snack:

Americano w/ Nonfat Milk

Lunch:

Paleo Beef Burger (Ground beef, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, ketchup)

Side of fresh fruit

Snack:

Quest Cookies n Cream Bar

Dinner:

Salmon, Avocado, & Brown Rice Sushi (the perfect ratio of protein, fat, carbs)

Mango Slices

Grapes

I realize that I’m a really weird eater, by the way. I eat a lot of fruit. And could easily eat a bag of grapes in one sitting (and often do). I need to be better about my breakfast and morning snack options (Coffee really doesn’t count! Just a busy morning). It’s helpful to look back at a day and see what I’m missing. I could definitely use some veggies, hello! I’ll double up today at lunch. ;-) (Maybe I’ll even take photos of my food one of these days! Haha…i’ll try…)

Here’s what my abs looked like after dinner last night. I’m going to try to take a few each week to see the changes. I’ll also try to take one in the morning before I’ve eaten or drank anything. The difference is quite large…

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I’ll be heading down to ABA this evening for a Boxing class. I love boxing and ABA is definitely is the best sweat in Los Angeles. You don’t leave ANYTHING when you take those classes. It’s awesome.

Trying to get a bunch of work done early in the week so that I can jet out early on Friday and head home to hang with my family. I don’t like the 6 hour drive, but I miss them and want to hang with my cute little nephew, sister, brother, dad, and some friends.

Seriously?! Look at him!!!

Seriously?! Look at him!!!

Questions for the Day:

1. What meal is the hardest for you to stay on track with?

(Mine is breakfast just because I’m always rushing out the door. )

2. Have you ever journaled your food? Did it help you?

 

 

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