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Hey all,
Here is my week in review via my instagram photos.  (Is anyone else sort of in love with instagram?? i actually woke up the other day and liked because i wasn’t 100% ready to get out of bed yet… just me?? Okay, i can accept that!)

I’ll start with my foodie successes!! I usually eat the SAME things every other day!  Habit?  Easier to track my food?  I’m boring?? All of the above?  It’s easy to eat the same things that you like when you’re single!  Probably the only perk of living single.  I can the same things, AND i can have breakfast any time i want!  I will have to find a man that likes breakfast for dinner!!

BUT, back to my successes.  I made both a fantastic gluten free/dairy free cauliflower crust!  🙂  I had a fouled attempt earlier this week… but the second try was WELL worth it!!!  The first round was delicious, but it just didn’t crust like it should have.  I tried to be sneaky and use Coconut Flour.  I have the WORST luck with coconut flour?  I’m starting to think that it dries out so quick because of altitude.  Well, second time around I used Caralyn at Gluten Free Happy Tummy’s recipe!  It was yummy!!! Found here: http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/2012/07/21/cauliflower-pizza-party-a-graduation-gf-v-bed-scd/  I also added some spices to the mixture.

I really need to work on my presentation for photos… I loved it! I actually used half of it for dinner, and saved the other for lunch the next day.  The second day was actually pliable and I was able to use it as a wrap! Even better! Two recipes out of one!!

The second one I made was from Laura at Sprint2theTable.  I am now obsessed with recipe, plus a few others of hers!! It seems like I have a very similar palate to her.  I made her PB & Aggs recipe!!  It was delicious!! http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2012/08/pb-aggs-wiaw/ I think i also added 1/2 banana to it too, and then I put the mixture into a left over Peanut Butter container.  I LOVED it! and I wasn’t hungry for a while… even betteR! Protein does that for you!! The bread in the photo is the Julian Bakery Paleo Coconut bread.

I HIGHLY recommend anyone following a gfree diet follow these two gals!!  They both have a wonderful variety of documentation on their recipes and meals.  🙂
In regards to my fitness… I took a challenge via the gals at Tone it Up from Instagram yesterday!  They said “drop and give me a plank”, SO I DID! 🙂

The other big accomplishment in my “Allergy Fitness” life, was that I completed my Hybrid of Chalean Extreme and TurboFire.  I am going to miss my program until I come back to it.   I hadn’t done Extreme in a while, but wanted to a change from the heavy cardio.  This is a great hybrid, because it gives you a mix of both worlds.  You don’t get bored easily!!

I also took my “After” photos for the FIRST TIME EVER!  Does it ever get easy to pose in a bikini??  And then post the results??

:sigh:: i did it!!

very pleased with the results, but embarrassed… that’s my old insecurities rearing their ugly head…

I will have to do this on Friday’s from now on!  Considering almost all my photos go up on Instagram.  I could post for days of all of Fumble’s photos too! lol!

Just as an aside… it’s a full blue moon today.


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I made my first “fitness” purchase not dvd related this weekend.  Well, that’s sort of a lie.  I got the BodyMedia for Christmas, and ended up returning it because I had a feeling my ‘compulsive’ background would not fair well with wearing something 24 hours.  I actually wore it for 2 days, realized I was not burning as much as I thought I did and started to feel myself getting the urge to do more! I was already working out twice a day, typically cardio/strength and then a pilates/ballet workout.  What more could I DO!? I didn’t want to see myself fall into an old trap of doing too much, so I ended up returning the gift!

However, since becoming a Beachbody Coach, I’ve been thinking it would be great to see and document how much I actually burn doing my workouts!  Now, that being said, IT’S NOT THE SAME FOR EVERYONE!! I knew that going in.  I am 5 foot 1 and weigh on average about 115 lbs.  So my calorie burn is not going to be as high as someone with more weight.  The less you weigh, the less your burn.   I did think it would be interesting to see my heart rate during the workouts and gauge them in combo with my calorie burn!

So, off to BestBuy I went this weekend and bought my first monitor.  It was between the Polar FT4 and FT7.  I decided to go with the 7! I did look at the FT40, which I’ve seen a lot of the bloggers use.  There were only a few differences between the two, so I decided to go with this one.  It was about $119 before taxes.  I would have preferred a different color, but black is fine!  It matches everything, even my usual brown tones! (MISCONCEPTION, YOU CAN WEAR BLACK AND BROWN TOGETHER… Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear told me so!) 🙂

When I opened the box, I had received the watch, the heart rate monitor clip on, chest strap and instructions.  I will say, I did not realize that chest strap had sizes?  Mine is a medium-XXL, and it fits fine.  However, I have a broad chest.  I was blessed with wide ribs! 🙂

You wet the portion of the strap that has the heart rate receptors on it, strap it on and then clip the heart rate monitor to the front of your chest.  It’s not that visible.  Here’s a photo I took in my workout tank.

I was happy the first time I wore it, it was with a shirt with a built in sports bra.  If you’re worried about it slipping, which it didn’t, it was that good reassurance the first few times I’ve worn it.  It’s good to know it’s not going to budge.  I have worn it a few times now, still no slipping.  I’ve also done a few workouts, including lifting, pilates, and kickboxing.  Still no budge.

I did take two photos for Instagram so far with my results.

The watch is very user friendly.  It will walk you through the set-up options, which includes entering your data.  Once you’re ready to start your workout, you push the start button and it will begin to read your heart rate and start the workout.  It also has a great feature that will beep when you move from the fat burning zone into the fitness zone.  You can also pause it between workouts.  I did this with my first trial between my cardio and lift.  It was good because I got distracted between the workouts! hehe!

My first test was a blanket test, so I didn’t document it.  However, I was surprised by my results! I thought I was burning a lot more than what was documented.  I guess it really does help to have hard evidence!!  I did a 55 minute cardio workout and I only burned about 460 calories.  Not horrible, but I was thinking I was burning closer to 500.  So already, the equipment paid for itself in knowledge!!

I did my High Intensity Interval Low 25 minute workout with the TurboFire Dvds yesterday morning.  Here were my results.


It shows your duration, calories burned and average and maximum heart rates.  **NOTE: This workout does not yield a high calorie burn during the workout.  The science behind a HIIT is that you continue to burn after the workout is over!  Whereas with most other cardio sessions, you will stop burning the moment you stop moving!**

My second reading was this morning with a 45 minute kickboxing session that included 2 HIITs.  I did the TurboKick Sport Home DVD round!


I got VERY SWEATY during this workout!  I was able to grab a photo of my Fat Burn time and Fitness Time this round! (bottom left photo).

Overall, I REALLY like this watch and think it will come in handy while I’m working out.  Especially as I transition into other fitness.  It will be interesting to see if I burn the same when I start running, or if I do another program?

I’m also excited to do another reading today with just my weight lifting!??!  More to follow on my instagram  (you can find me at “eirenm” and facebook!
On another note! I want to review a new product I got this weekend.  I had to order something for my “Foodie PenPal”! 🙂 I so decided to try this Paleo bread from Julian Bakery.  Julian Bakery is in California and they offer Low Carb and Gluten Free breads.  I am a firm believer in “if i can read all the ingredients” i will eat it!  So when I saw this bread it intrigued me!

Here is the info from their website:

Paleo Bread -Coconut, is organic, starch-free, grain free, gluten free, yeast free, soy free, dairy Free, and ideal for any diet.  The Paleo Bread, Coconut, is the first starch free, gluten free, grain Free, low carb bread on the market!  Get lean and sculpted while still enjoying this particular variety! *Nutritional Info Provided By An Independent Lab For Accuracy* **GI= Zero / Stay In Ketosis** **Freezes great for 4+ Months** “Paleo Breads Are Soft & Fluffy & Do NOT Crumble” (HCG Diet Approved)

Coconut is Low Carb & Low Calorie:  The term available carbohydrate refers to the portion of carbohydrates that have the potential to raise your blood sugar levels and provide calories, or energy. Available carbohydrates include both sugar and starches, but exclude dietary fiber. You can calculate the available carb content of any food simply by subtracting its fiber content from its total carb content. In the case of all-purpose white flour, the available carb content is 23.1 g per 1/4 cup and whole-wheat flour has 18.4 g of available carb per 1/4 cup, while coconut flour contains 7 g of available carbohydrate per 1/4 cup.

Because of its lower available carbohydrate content, coconut flour can prevent blood sugar spikes and help you maintain more even blood sugar levels after eating, which is especially helpful if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight.

High Fiber Content:  Coconut flour contains a lot more fiber compared to any other flour, with as much as 12 g per 1/4 cup, compared to only 3 g for the same serving of whole-wheat flour. You should get between 25 and 38 g of fiber a day, according to the “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” to help you stay regular and prevent constipation. A higher fiber intake can also help you feel fuller with fewer calories, which is especially helpful if weight loss is a goal.

**As seen on http://www.Julian Bakery.com

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice (43g)
Servings Per Loaf Approx. 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6g  (1 Digestible Carb) 2%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Net Carbs 1g 0%
Soluble Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Iron 2% Calcium 4%
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Coconut Flour, Egg Whites, Psyllium, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda.

So Saturday afternoon this is the little package in the mail:

It is sliced thin!  I plan on freezing mine so it will last longer.  I don’t eat bread that much, so I don’t want it going bad before I get a chance to really enjoy it!
I tried it on Saturday afternoon.  I typically stay away from “Carbs” in the afternoon, however there is only coconut flour in this!  So I figured I was in the clear!  I ate one slice (halved) with a turkey burger.  It was actually pretty good! I haven’t eaten bread in a LONG time because I am so picky about the gluten free varieties.  None seem to “cut the snuff” in my book to the real stuff!  But this will definitely do for now!  At the calories/nutrition of it, how can I pass it up?? I am anxious to try the almond variety too.
To be determined…
Have you tried a heart rate monitor at all?

Have you tried any gluten free breads that you would recommend??


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Hey all,

I hope you had a great weekend! I had a blast!! I got to go to visit with my besties from College. It’s very rare that we get to see each other, so it was a pleasant and MUCH needed treat!

It’s funny though, when you get older how things change. I used to leave a party with a purple or pink goodie bag with candy and bracelets, but NOW I get excited about leftovers! Check out the Guest of Honor, “Princess Jaclyn’s” 3Bean salad! I was the lucky recipient, and got to take it home with me! SCORE!! (Thank heaven’s I always carry a lunch box with me!) It’s a super easy recipe per Jacks, diced tomatoes, black beans, white beans and red beans, corn! Voila!!

Photo: Now this is what I call an "adult goody bag" from a party! Jacks homemade three bean salad!! Yummy!!

I also was able to stop at one of my favorite places, a grocery store! But not just any grocery store, Whole Foods!! 🙂 I will not tell a lie… i dropped $70 in 15 minutes! But they were all necessity items! Plus, I got a pie for the party! AND I got my dad some healthy treats! I live with him, and am trying to instill the world of a healthy eating lifestyle.


Here are a few of my goodies….


PS, i’m quite glad that i got that many protein bars. Because I’m gluten and dairy free, I usually always have planned foods for meal time. Somehow I totally disregarded Sunday’s ride home and breakfasT! Doh!!! Ate the Maple Peanut Protein bar on the way home. DELicious!!! Can’t wait to try the others ones!


So… enough about me, back to my blog post! Are you an Iphone person? I traded my Blackberry in for an Iphone in December, and I’m pretty sure i’m a convert for life!! And I’ve become addicted to Apps. However, I find that the reviews are never sufficient, so I’ve become the girl who installs, tries and deleteS!

Here are a few of my Fav “Go-tos” that have survived my “X” button! 🙂

The Weather Channel (Free)


Who doesn’t need the weather? I can access where I live, as well as my sister’s home in CA. That way, I know if it’s a beach day for her and whether to be jealous! 🙂 Plus, I like the radar and the 36 hour written weather. Sometimes just a photo and a degree doesn’t cut it! This girl requires some verbiage!

Camera + ($.99)


I am always editing photos of Fumble because he’s so dark! It’s hard to see his pretty little face through all the black! I like how I can edit, crop and add some effects to the photos!

Fast Shutter Speed Camera (Free)


This is how I took those jumping photos of myself! You can set the camera to take as many pictures as you want and as quickly as you want and walk away. It’s great if you want to catch a photo in motion! My only snafu is that you have to delete a lot of the photos afterwards. However, after all is said and done and you have an awesome “motion” photo! I’ll happily delete!

PicCoLLage (Free)


I like this app to make my collages for instagram. My only issue is that it doesn’t automatically transfer to Instagram. But I like how you can place the photos where you want and move them around. I’ll take customization over a preset collage.
Labelbox (Free)


I use Labelbox to add font stickers to my photos. The free version offers just enough of the labels to meet my needs!

So now that I have all of these photos, how do i share them??


I think i have a new found love and addiction to instagram! I love it because you can follow fitness, newfoundlands, food, bloggers! You name it!!!

MyFitnessPal (Free)

This is a great app to keep track of your caloric intake and foods! I will document what I eat to make sure I’m eating enough. However, I’ve tried to back off for a while, but I’ll keep the app around. I typically eat the same meals day by day, so it’s silly to add it up every day!

Find me Gluten Free (free) and AllergyEats (Free)


If you’re gluten free or have any food allergy, these are great. They locate where you are and tell you what restaurants around you offer a gluten free and allergy friendly menu. When I’m traveling these are GREAT! I used them my entire trip to Denver this past Spring. I think if I had to pay for them, I would! It’s THAT worth it for allergy friendly folks!

Motion X GPS (Free)


I also used this app when I was in Denver. I had a GPS that broke one day. I got a free 30 day membership with the voice commands. I am out of my trial, but still find myself using this app more often than not! I’m sure I’m breaking all sort of rules of driving and reading my phone, but it definitely beats having to print directions EVERy time i need them (which is usually a lot because I get lost in a closet!)

Scramble with Friends (Free)


My Best Friend, Sarah, just introduced this game to me! It’s addicting, and I’m horrible at it! But a fun change to Words with Friends (her words and they are true!)

Pinterest (Free)


Are words even needed to Pinterest? I could sit on here ALL day long!! It makes for a great mini break during the day! Plus, it’s where I usually keep all of my recipes, so when I’m in the kitchen it makes for easy access to the recipes!

Grocery IQ (Free)


I USE THIS EVERY DAY!!! You can look up your foods, and then they’re all there! It’s also great because you can make a list of your favorites and then on Saturday when you make your grocery list it’s easy to put it together! I rarely ever forget my grocery foods! (rarely, sometimes i still forget!)



Do you have any favorite apps that you use???

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We may be nearing the end of bikini season, but that doesn’t mean you need to forget about your body!!

Why should you choose the Beachbody Challenge?

  1. It comes with a scientifically designed workout, and there are enough to choose from, we can customize to meet your needs.
  2. It comes with a diet plan that will help you maximize your results from the program.
  3. It comes with Shakeology, an amazing meal replacement that assists with your weight loss, provides energy, and aids with digestion.
  4. More meal plans available online through your VIP membership.
  5. Can be entered to win prize $$ for your results, keeping you more accountable!
    • Daily Prizes*: $500 or $1,000
    • Monthly Prizes: $1,000
    • Quarterly Prizes: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip
    • The Grand Prizes: $100,000!
  6. Connection to others who are using the same program as you.
  7. AND SUPPORT and motivation from ME! I have done Turbofire and am in contact with those who have done Brazil Butt Lift and P90X. I will be there to support you with every step of your fitness journey.

These programs can cost as much as $215, but this pack is available until July 31, 2012 for only $14.95. **If you’re interested, you can even sign up to coach for free!** See details below


To sign up, please go to My Beachbody Site and click on Join to create a FREE membership.  Then contact me for me info on how to sign up!

PERKS for signing up to COACH

  • 25% off anything after the Challenge Pack Costs (ie, Shakeology, any future programs).
  • The potential to make some extra money!  $$$$$ Who doesn’t love extra money!!!

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My Fitness STory!

My addiction to fitness dvds started at the ripe age of 14. It all started with a supermodels’ workout VHS! 🙂 I started out focusing all of my energy on fitness and fun through high school aka being a cheerleadeR! I remember the video well.  It was Cindy Crawford…
I remember it so well! 🙂

The whole idea of healthy eating did not kick in until college. I struggled with some poor eating habits, and it took me a little while, but i learned how to feed my body with the right foods and fuel. After college, I went through a little bit of a let down and I struggled to find my niche’ in fitness without the motivation of my college girlfriends. Then I found beachbody! I started with HipHop Abs. Shaun T got me moving and involved with Beachbody.

It wasn’t until late 2005 that I found my “soulmate workout” as she calls it, and I found Chalene Johnson and TurboJam. It seriously changed my life. Within 3 months I owned every DVD she had out and ordered more as they were released. I went from a size 8 to a size 4! In 1 year, dropped 2 sizes!


Chalene Johnson

When I heard that Chalean Extreme was going to be released, I was even more excited! I loved the idea of toning up and getting some “cut” muscles. I ordered it IMMEDIATELY and went through the 3 month cycle with the advanced DVDs. My body was unlike any other. I leaned out, did not bulk one ounce!

After my 3 months with that program, I integrated it with turbo jam and would alternate with weights and cardio.
Then I heard the amazing words… Chalene was coming out with a hyped up version of Turbo with more HIItS! I had my alarm scheduled to wake me up at midnight to order these dvds! (did i mention I was a fitness DVD addict??) To my sleep happy delight, I was able to order the dvds a few days early and have been doing them ever since! The feeling you get when you’re done with one of the TurboFire videos is unlike any other. PRESS PLAY! Just do it!!

Most recently, I just completed LEs Mills Pump. I enjoyed mixing up the training with TurboFire. I leaned out again, and my shoulders got some fantastic definition.
Since completing Pump, I’ve started Extreme again. I’m doing a “Happy Hybrid” as I call it, because it makes me very happy to know that I completed a tough workout!!

I totally understand this post is about Beachbody Products! I have tried other things with little success.  I do integrate HIITs from other blogs into my workout! I love to change things up every so often, and days that I don’t want to press play or have extra energy I will do it.  But long term, i’ve really only succeeded with these program.

These are my photos from start to today:

My STart: 2004

2009 (AFter Chalean Extreme)

Spring 2012 After Les Mills/Turbo Fire Hybrid

NOW! (I’m proud of these lil guys!)

If you want more info on my programs or how i got my body, comment below and I’ll get back to you!

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