Hey all!! Here is the info about the giveaway i was running!
It was to win a bag of Protein Plus Peanut Flour! 🙂

and the winner was Jessi Avila


For my first giveaway, I was pleased with the results! I learned how to use www.random.org  too! It’s always a good thing when you can learn a new skill for the day! 🙂
Congratulations Jessi!!  PB flour is on it’s way!!!




Hey all,
Just a friendly reminder!  You have until Thursday 8/9/12 to enter the Giveaway for Protein Plus Peanut Flour!!

I’ll give you a quick info session on the goods!


Product Nutritional_Info

Peanut flour is derived from blanched, roasted peanuts.  Peanut flour can replace peanut butter where you want to control fat!  It’s very easy to work with!  It’s naturally gluten-free and adds that peanut butter flavor to your baked goods, or even mixed with a banana!  It’s MUCH less in fat than it’s parent alternative!

I usually mix mine with half a banana and use it as a topping on rice/corn cakes.  I also have added it to my Shakeology and protein pancakes!

To enter all you have to do is click LIKE on my facebook page and tell me how you would use the PB flour!!! EASY as that!!

*Open to US Residents only**

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???

Hey all,

As I mentioned before, I am an avid follower of blogs!!  I just saw Cait on www.beyond-bananas.com did a This or That Fitness Post! I hope she doesn’t mind, but I thought it was a great questionnaire!

This or That?

1.  Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow?

I workout inside most of the time with my DVDs.  I do workout in a basement, so I would have to say I prefer the cold temps.  Humidity is always a struggle.  We have a dehumidifier in the basement and if I wasn’t working out at 4:20 am I would empty it before I exercise.  However, some days, I only have enough in me to get through the DVD.

I just don’t possess that extra umph when I’m doing my workouts in the humidity.  I also don’t go for my daily walks with the fumbs (my 185 lb newfie) on humid days.  He can’t handle anything over about 70 degrees in the sun.  So we walk at 4:45 am on the weekends, or late at night after sunset.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs?

I have washboard abs!  And I continue to work hard for ‘em!!  I think flat is great, don’t get me wrong!!  I just prefer to feel strong!  Plus I have HORRIBLE back issues! Every 6 months I have a tendency to throw out my back.  The Physical Therapists always encouraged me to “work my core”.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Unfortunately, I work during the day so I’m not able to watch.  However, from what I’ve seen, I prefer The Doctors. A. the one guy has a relationship to the Bachelor! HehE, and B. I like the variety of the other MDS.  They have some extra stuff to bring to the show!

4. Cardio or strength?

You know, I always used to think that strength training was bulky.  However, when I did my first round of Chalean Extreme, I was ASTOUNDED as the results.  Ever since then, I’ve tried to integrate some strength into my weekly routine.  I tried some of the body weight barre videos and I enjoyed the nice variety.  However, I have turned back to my weights and I LOVE the results.

Cardio?? I am a CARDIO JUNKIE!! I’m not much of a runner, but give me a HIIT, plyo or kickboxing class and I’m in it to win it!!  I work a desk job, so I’m sitting more than 7 hours a day.  It’s crucial to not only my mental health but fitness to get my booty shaking at least once a day!

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?

:sigh: I miss carbs.  Since going gluten free, my carbs are pretty limited.  I can eat rice and the gluten free products, but a lot of them seem to have extra sugar mixed in.  I “try” to avoid excess sugars in my foods, so I’ve sort of turned a blind eye on the carb world.  I am obsessed with protein.  I find myself craving it.  I used to be a vegetarian for 20 years, but since starting to lift weights, my body almost asks for it!  I usually eat a boat load of egg whites, almonds, salmon, and I’ve introduced some lean turkey into my diet.  I also love protein powders with nutrition to help out with what I may be missing in my normal diet.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Bob! He’s so cute!!! J I would definitely take orders from  him!!!

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

I can’t have either!!! L Dairy free girl! I make my own “fro-yo” with the Yonanas! Have you heard of that yet? AAWWEEESOMee!! But if I remember my old days, it would be soft serve ice cream twist, in a cone, dipped, plopped in a dish!

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?

I love to train my shoulders.  They are, by far, my favorite body part.  My least favorite body part has to be my inner thighs, so I’m usually working them as well.  But, my favorite is upper!

9. Protein powder or food with protein?

I find a happy balance with both.  It’s hard with my allergies to find a “good” tasting protein powder.  I like my Shakeology and the SunWarrior Raw Natural and Vanilla varieties.  I usually will do a protein at lunch and my Shakeology as a an afternoon snack or a protein pancake or waffle for dinner.

Introducing Chocolate Vegan ShakeologySunwarrior Protein Natural Raw Vegan  Gluten Free 2.2 lbs

10. Lunges or squats? 

I enjoy both, but I LOVE one legged squatS!!

11. Sweet or salty?

I used to have a sweet tooth, but I’m not sure where it went!??! I prefer more of the tart sweets now.  I probably crave more salt lately.  I think maybe because of my constant sweating due to the humidity.  (Sorry, was that gross?? Lol)

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?

Is it weird that I purchase nice workout clothes to wear out and then my grungy clothes to exercise in?  I bought stuff to go to Denver to visit my twin, and I have yet to wear it to exercise because I don’t want the cute stuff to get dirty!??!

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?

I’ve done both! I just finished the round of Les Mills Body Pump, which is more endurance training.  I did enjoy it, but I think my ❤ lies in heavy lifting!!!

14. Yoga or Pilates?

Can I say a mix of both?  I like the barre classes that integrate a little of both, Pilates moves, then stretch in between movements.  I like that you have an opportunity to work both fitness regimens in one workout.

15. Nike or Adidas?

I love Nike Gear, but my feet don’t work in their sneakers.  Does this happen to anyone else? I’m so bummed too because THEY HAVE SUCH CUTE STUFF!!! I actually wear more Asics than adidas though.  I remember Adidas being big when I was in high school.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?

When I have done my running, it’s usually been indoors.  There was a spurt that I was clocking about 6 miles every other day.  I would love to know where that person went? Hmm??  But I was usually watching the NY Giants.  They’re added motivation! I get a little riled up when watching those boys play!

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

We don’t have either where I live, but apparently they’re both “coming”!??  I miss Trader Joes more than anything.  That was my favorite store when I lived on Cape Cod.  The variety was always great and they changed stuff up!  However, I do LOVE the salad bars at Whole Foods!!

18. Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer Olympics!  I have :shame faced:: not been able to watch much of them this year, but there were summers where I would record everything.  I always remember being VERY into swimming.  Must have been those boys!??!

19. Exercises classes or Exercise videos?

Videos! Obsessed with my DVDs. Not just my usual Dvd’s either, i’ve got Physique 57, Booty Barre, Tracy Anderson… the whole rigamarole!

Most of the live classes are not the ones that I would like to take, and if they are they’re always during my work day! Why is that??? I would love to take a life TurboKick Class but there are none offered in my area L Boo!!

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Roasted, and CRISPY!! My coworker and I are mildly obsessed with crispy foods.  I prefer my veggies roasted, crispy, almost on the brink of burnt.  I also think this comes from my mom! She used to love her food that way.

Do you enjoy surveys?? I remember in my Myspace days I used to do them ALL the time!!! 🙂


Have you ever wanted to try Peanut Flour???


I’m giving away a bag of the Protein Plus Peanut Flour!!  To enter all you have to do is:

“Like” my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/FitNTrimTwiN/102000219946487  and mention what you would do with your Peanut flour??**

I’ll be picking a winner by next Friday 8/9/2012!!

*open only to Residents of the United States*

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

This is how we felt around my home…

Had to share that photo! Too cute and poetic after our weekend around here NOT to share!!

I wanted to share my first weeks results for my Vegan Shakeology Chocolate flavor. 

I was a little excited about trying this stuff out!

Before I get into my “results”, I should probably explain myself.  My “results” won’t be the normal before/after photos.  This products is amazing for weight loss!  However, I have reached my goal for my current weight, and am using this product for another condition.  But, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a great tool for weight management!

I still LOVE the flavor!!! I have had a shake almost everyday, and when I don’t, I supplement the shake for an item that I’ve baked.  I’ve even added it as my protein powder in my puff pancake! Extra YUMMY with a little peanut flour added in!!

When I went away last weekend I made mini protein muffins with the Shakeology and egg whites… they ended up being about 50 calories each! SCORE! These are great for those moments when you just want to eat something rather than drink it.

I also made Chalene Johnson’s Shakeology Protein Balls! DOUBLE YUMMY!

So back to WHY I’M USING SHAKEOLOGY! Digestion!! This is an honest story, and may be TMI for some of you.  I apologize ahead of time.

I have had tummy troubles since I was in high school.  I think a lot of it stemmed from stress.  My mom had been sick since my sister and I were 7 years old.  When you watch a parent go through the ups and downs of an illness that was thought to be terminal is difficult.  Heck, it’s difficult in my 20’s, I’m not sure how my sister and I handled it at 7 years old!  But we did.  I always had upset stomachs, and fluctuations in my stomach status.  I was diagnosed with IBS at a young age and put on medication.  The meds were a waste of $$!  I had no relief!  I ended up having a colonoscopy at the age of 20!  That was my first one, yes I’ve had more than one!  Ick!  (PS the procedure, not so bad… the prep is the worst!).

I only stayed on the medication for about a year before figuring it was a waste of my hard worked waitressing money.  I just figured this would be my life.  It wasn’t until 2009 that I had heard about Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s story.  I was walking around Barnes & Noble one day, and I saw her book, “The GFree Diet” on the shelf.  I picked it up and started reading and thought to myself “NO WAY! She’s telling MY story!!!”.  I bought the book, went home, and read it cover to cover in about 2 hours.  I started my research on gluten allergies.  I even called my doctor who was as old as the original rug on the floor of the 19th century office! He said there was no treatment and that it was a “fad diet”.  But, if I wanted to see if I had an allergy my best bet was to give up the foods.  He also mentioned something about dairy intolerance.  Now, I was the girl that ate a Greek Yogurt once a day.  I loved my yogurt!!!!  But, I was willing to make the sacrifice.  I mean it was yogurt, or glutenous foods!  I figured the dairy was the easier of the two.  I bought myself some Lactaid and threw out my goodies.  I did have some relief.  It lasted about 3 weeks.  So I started to eat dairy again.  My frustration level had reached it’s max.  ::sigh::

What did I have to lose at this point?? So gluten it was!!  Bye bye bread, bye bye tortillas, bye bye cereal… I said goodbye to a lot of my favorite foods, but for relief, it was worth it.  It worked.  It took a little over a month, but my body finally evened out.  My digestion was much more regular.  However, I noticed I was still bloated beyond belief at the end of the day.  When I would wake up in the morning, I had no issues.  Flat tummy, happy belly.  I would eat my yogurt at lunchtime, and no fail by 3 pm, I looked 3 months pregnant and had horrible pains… It took this smarty pants a few months to realize the two went hand in hand.  I think it was sort of more denial than anything!  Who wants to give up BOTH gluten and dairy!  What else would I have left to eat?? eeekK!!

But, I did! Since 2010 I have been entirely gluten and dairy free.  If I feel like I’m going to get into trouble with cross contamination, I always have a Lactaid handy.  I had noticed in the last 2 years, my digestion was on a stormy path again.  I know that I have had some stressful life moments in the last few years.  My mom died,  I moved in with my dad, my twin sister moved across the country, had  a breakup… It was like life’s changes happened all at once.  Stress really does NOT do a body good!  I was able to get an appt with a great Gastroenterologist last year and she did the best she could.  She reassured me that I did not have what my mom did! (reliEF!) but that I had IBS. Lovely!  She said the best thing she could recommend was another diet, but at 29, I’d already given up enough! !

I was left to live with my moments of active IBS! Which is unfortunately, more often than not… aka the consistent bloated, pained stomach most days.  I tried some digestive enzymes, which have helped a lot!  I take them before I eat, but that can’t be that great for my body? To take enzymes every meal?

I’ve heard that Shakeology has wonderful benefits with digestion.  Now that they have an “Eiren friendlY” vegan variety,  I thought, why not? Check another thing off the try list!  I have been using it for a week now and I can “feel” a difference.  I noticed the first few days that I definitely felt more “regular”.  However, based on my research prior to purchase, this is normal for the first few days.  I have had increased energy, and at the end of the week had replaced my 3 pm coffee with my Shakeology!

I have also noticed that I don”t look like a pregnant wannabe anymore! My flat tummy prevailed, and passed the 4 pm test!  No bloat after day 5! NO BLOAT!!

I can’t wait to see where we go from here… but right now that was the BEST $$ SPENT!! I’ll keep you posted on the rest of my “results”!!

Do you have IBS?  Have you ever had success with treatment (prescription or natural)?  If so, what worked for you???

Well, leave it to me! I start a blog and then I go MIA!?!!

Things got a little busy around here… I went to Cape Cod for a quick trip to visit my grandma, my old coworkers and a one of my besties!  When I got home, and back to work it was crazy busy! Then my dad got a horrible virus and we spent most of the day yesterday in the ER.  It would have been an ideal blog time! But no servicE!

I figured because I’m so new to this, I should share a few of my favorite things! Both food and life included!


TurboFire is my workout of choice.  I’m a cardio junkie!

I also love myself some

My body thrives off of muscle, so I love to lift!

My favorite flower:

I am obsessed with blue hydrangeas.  I found these beauties in Falmouth, MA last weekend. Stunning!!!

Time of Day:

Sunrise!!  This was taken on the Cape at the beach.  It’s one of the most peaceful and spiritual moments of the day.  There is just something about sunrise that allows you to take a true deep breath.

Kitchen tool:

I use my TopChips ALL the time!! I use a mandolin to slice up fruits and veggies, put them on the silicon tray and microwave.  PLEASE be careful of the slicing! I’ve taken off the tip of my thumb three times!  Safety first!

It takes a few tries to figure out how long you need to put the tray in the microwave to get the “right” crisp on your chips.  But once you get it, you’re obsessed.  I eat a sweet potato a day via Topchips!


Eggs and breakfast!!  I could eat eggs all day long.  Breakfast as a whole has my <3.  Eggs, pancakes, waffles, turkey bacon…

Gluten free and Vegan pasta alternative:

I had these in Santa Monica, CA at a vegan restaurant two years ago.  I was in love at first bite! I’ve never been a fan of the gfree pastas out there.  So when I found these, I was not only astounded by how crunchy they were, but also how easy it was to make them.  You can add whatever you want for flavor.  Plus, and this is a MAJOR one, the calorie count is MUCH lower than real pasta!!! score!!

Peanut Flour:

I have a tie between these two!  Pb2 was my first encounter with peanut flour.  I loved the taste and consistency of it.  Recently, I purchased the Protein Plus variety because of the cost difference.  Money is always an issue for me, so I will probably stay with the Protein Plus.  It doesn’t have added sugar or salt, so it’s just peanut flour.  I do miss my Pb2 though!  If I can ever buy it local, I’m sure I’ll buy some!  I order mine through Netrition right now.

Online Site:

If I could get paid to “pin” I would love it!! I signed up for Pinterest before it became as big as it is today.  I was so happy I wasn’t wait listed!  I love being able to follow others and get ideas about everything from fitness, motivation, to crafts and decor!  And of course outfit ideas! Every time I “Pin” an outfit, I feel the need to shop.  TROUBLE!!

Follow me on http://pinterest.com/eiren/


I very rarely buy anything full price!  I’m always looking for a deal.  Except for pants.  I have to buy those at full price.  I guess it’s the cost for being 5 foot 1!  I shop for almost everything at Marshalls, including FOOD!

I’m sure i’m missing a bunch of things, but this is a good start! 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your Saturday!!!

I got my first shipment of Shakeology® Vegan Chocolate today!! Yah!!

I have tried my FAIR SHARE of protein powders.  I had finally settled on the natural flavor of the Sunwarrior, which I do like, but cannot drink on it’s own.  I’ve created a bunch of recipes to jazz it up a bit, ie pancakes, waffles, bars…  But, alone, it always seemed a little chalky.

Being involved with Beachbody programs for almost 7 years, I have wanted to try Shakeology®for a LONG time!  It always seemed just too expensive, and being dairy free, it would be too difficult for me with the Whey.  HoweVER, they did it! They have created two vegan flavorS!  Score 1!! And they are gluten free! Score 2!!!

I did my little number punching and figured out, with my Coach discount, this would equal out to a little more than $4 a day! That’s the cost of a coffee, which I was spending money on everyday anyways!  Shakeology® has WAY more to offer me than a cup of black coffee!
I eat mostly vegetarian based meals, which are gluten and dairy free, so I’m always struggling to make sure that my body is getting enough vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  And,  being single and buying for one, I always buy fresh veggies and never finish them before they go bad.  What a waste of $$$$.  In the trashcan.  Now, I’m even more nervous with all these weather patterns.  Fresh food is going to get even more expensive.  I work for a non profit and shop in the perimeter aisles of the grocery store, the two don’t match up well now… What’s going to happen if prices go up!

So… what did I have to lose to try it out! At this point, not much.  So I bought it… and guess what???

I LOVE IT!!!!  I have had two shakes so far, and I am actually sad when they’re over!  You can make these into whatever your heart desires.  Mix them up like you would any other shake.  I will try to post some recipes as I get more creative.

If you haven’t heard of this before, and are asking what is it? Or why is it different than anything else I’m already drinking, here is the answer!

I was also able to create some lovely little vegan gluten free Shakeology protein muffins! They average out about 50 calories each.  Moist on the inside, and a lovely flavor.  I added some peanut flour to the recipe, because how can you go wrong with PB and chocolate!  I’ve heard that there are many more recipes you can make! My next job is to make Chalene Johnson’s Shakeology barS!! CANNOT wait for those!


So why should you consider Shakeology?

Drinking Shakeology is a lot like brushing your teeth and exercising—you’ve got to participate in these healthy habits every day to see their benefits. The more you do it, the more you can experience these advantages.

Here are 5 reasons you should drink Shakeology daily:

  1. Your cravings for unhealthy foods can eventually disappear—and be replaced by cravings for healthy choices. It’s true!
  2. You can save time! Replace one meal a day with Shakeology and that’s one less meal to plan. Whip up your shake and go. It’s fast food that’s great for you.
  3. You can save money! If you drink Shakeology instead of eating lunch or dinner, you’ll spend just $4 on your meal.
  4. You can save money, the sequel! As Shakeology improves your digestion, boosts your energy, and keeps you lean, you’re bound to have fewer medical bills.
  5. You can keep the weight off! Studies show that people who eat breakfast every day are less likely to regain the weight. Furthermore, a protein-rich breakfast helps you feel full and reduces the tendency to snack throughout the day.

I LOVE this comparison chart of what you can savE!! As I mentioned about, I work for a non profit, so $$$ is always a struggle!! Shakeology just makes more sense!

For more info and lots of info on the blog, check out my site at http://www.myshakeology.com/fitntrimtwin