Fit Chick Q&A: Devon

Coincidentally I’m on the plane with this chick right now, as we make our way to RUN DC! This will be her first half marathon and I’m so excited for her!  Regardless of what happens at the race, we’re bound to have a great time.  P.S. special thanks to Kimmy, my intern turned personal assistant, who made my ridiculous DC restaurant list in a specific format, and Madelynne for her off-the-charts, insanely helpful recommendations.  We’re so excited for our trip!

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Introduce yourself: I’m Devon, or Dev, a 22-year-old, senior at UCSD, living in PB, lover of hairless cats.
How/when did you first get into working out? My freshman year in college I moved away from the Central California corn-fed/farm lifestyle and moved to Southern California, where fitness is like “the thing.” I also stopped swimming when I moved away and instead started going to the gym and lifting heavy weights.

photo-32 Weekly workout schedule?
Monday & Friday mornings I do Core, Cardio, and More at 24 Hour Fitness. Wednesday mornings I do cycling. Tuesday’s & Thursday’s I work out on my own.  I usually run night-time, like 8:30pm or 9pm, and usually Monday, Wednesday or Friday (not Tuesday or Thursday because I have school).
Favorite workout at the moment? Stair Master, oh yeah! I’m so good at it now. When I started out I could only do 10 minutes, but now, I can do 45. Boxing is also a close second to the Stair Master.  And maybe “Flirty Girl Fitness.” :-P

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What’s your favorite go-to healthy meal? Recently I’ve been really into ground-turkey stuffed peppers.
Favorite indulgence? Chocolate milk and late-night drive-thru mexican food, Vallartas.
When I wake up I…hit the snooze button 5 times. Eat a Nutri-Grain bar and drink a big glass of milk (after, of course, I greet “Muscles,” my stuffed cat/pillow from Ashleigh).
What are your goals for this year? Run outside with a sports bra on and feel comfortable.
What’s your biggest struggle in living a healthy lifestyle? Probably living with a roommate that doesn’t care about being healthy. Who makes good food like pot-pies. Working at a restaurant.
Best tip for leading a healthy lifestyle? Don’t give up when you don’t see instant results.

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Ashleigh

The Best Greek Yogurt Taste-Off

I’m always curious about two things that advertise to be the same thing. Two brands, one 100 calorie greek yogurt.

IMG_5385 Consumers across America participated in a national taste test and results show that they prefer the taste of Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt to Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry. Today I’m sharing a taste-off between the two to encourage you to try them both for yourselves!

IMG_5399 Nutrition: This is something I look at for all yogurts. I don’t even buy fruit flavored yogurts too much anymore because of the added sugars. So the two things I mainly look at are the grams of sugar and the amount of protein.

Yoplait – 100 calories, 9g of sugar and 10g of protein. Fiber ???

Chobani – 100 calories, 7g sugar and 12g of protein. Also listed 5g of fiber.

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IMG_5413 Appearance: We judged this both on packaging and the actual yogurt.

Yoplait – Coloful and eye-catching, with a call out for Weight Watchers points. The yogurt had a pinkish dye to it to signal “strawberry.”

Chobani – Simple, with an emphasis on the nutrition. We also liked the message inside the lid. The yogurt itself looked more natural.

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IMG_5434 Flavor: Based on which yogurt embodied the strawberry flavor better.

Yoplait – had an evident strawberry flavor. The yogurt itself was flavored strawberry and had ribbons of fruit flavoring throughout.

Chobani – the flavor was much more subtle as the fruit was at the bottom and you mixed it in to get any strawberry flavor.

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Taste/texture: Aside from just the flavor.

Yoplait – Tasted more artificial and had a lighter, whipped texture. Didn’t feel like typical greek yogurt.

Chobani – Tasted more natural and had the typical thickness of greek yogurt.

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Ingredients: This is another big thing I look at for all groceries.

Yoplait – had a far longer list and uses fructose and sucralose as its sweeteners.

Chobani – a little shorter list and uses monk fruit, stevia leaf and evaporated cane juice as its sweeteners.

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IMG_5443 For someone who has gotten used to eating plain greek yogurt, and actually enjoys the almost “sour cream” like taste of regular greek yogurt, I would opt for the Chobani 100 greek yogurt vs. Yoplait. For me, the Yoplait was a little too sweet. For other people, the Yoplait might be great and the Chobani lacking in flavor.  Overall, Chobani won for us.

I’ve taken the Yoplait Taste-Off, now it’s your turn! Let me know who wins your taste off!
Have you taken the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry Taste-Off challenge yet?

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Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Yoplait, however, as always, all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Ashleigh

Meatless Monday: Gwenny’s Recipes

So for the past week, especially with my meal prep, I’ve been going veggie 90% of the time.

And for some reason it is so exciting. I mark off on my calendar each day I make it through vegetarian. Because last year you would never have convinced me to not eat meat. I was a full-blown “carnie girl,” eating slabs of meat with the best of the boys (or just my bf). Hell, when I started this blog I was Whole30/Paleo.

Now it’s like a challenge to fuel my body with primarily plant-based foods.

My running friend, Justin, first piqued my interest as he’s made a move towards being almost fully vegan. He expressed his quicker recovery times, natural energy, and need- or lack-thereof- for coffee. I am so envious of anyone who does not need to survive off coffee. Although I love coffee, I wish I didn’t need it streaming through my veins to exist.

I’ve been watching several vegan documentaries such as Vegucated and Forks Over Knives (not sure if my bf has realized that/will be happy about that lol). I’m not so much interested in saving animals (although I do love animals, sorry if that sounds selfish), but I’m more intrigued by the health/natural healing side of it.

One of the things I love is just experimenting with my body and finding what works the best for me. Everyone is different, so I wouldn’t preach what diet is better than the next. Because everything is always changing, always evolving. One day it’s animal protein causes cancer, the next it’s salt is good for you. My advice: if it’s paleo, vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, experiment (if you want to) and find what works for you.

On another note, these are 2 recipes that my homegirl Gwenny (aka Gwyneth Paltrow) gave me, or rather, wrote in a book, lol. My co-worker let me borrow All Is Good and it has some great recipes, especially for people on restrictive/elimination diets.

Here are two vegetarian/vegan recipes I adapted from the book. And even my bf, the carnivore, liked them (with some baked chicken wings on the side, of course).

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Roasted Corn with Sage
INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium sweet onion (about 1 cup), diced
1 bag frozen grilled corn, thawed
6 sage leaves, chopped
DIRECTIONS:

  1. On a stove top, over medium, heat up the olive oil.  Add the diced onion and cook down until browned and caramelized (about 15 minutes).
  2. Stir in the corn and sage until warmed.
  3. Remove from heat and serve.

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Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad
INGREDIENTS:
2 heads cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
1 14-oz can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
For the dressing:
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the chickpeas and cauliflower in 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Spread over the baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes, or until the cauliflower is visibly browned.
  4. For the dressing: whisk together the mustards, vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil.  Add a few grinds of black pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Remove the chickpeas and cauliflower from the oven, and toss with the mustard dressing.  Serve warm, or at room temperature, on top a bed of kale (optional).
Ashleigh

Week In Review: April 20

Happy Easter! What are you up to today? My day will be pretty low-key with a hike later with Andy and her husband. This morning I woke up early (because of Piper, and also because I went to bed at 9:30 last night…) and it was so nice to sit with a cup of coffee and start to blog.  I’ll be out of town starting Thursday, but I’ll have some posts lined up for when I’m away.

Anyways, this week my over-activity caught up with me. I didn’t know how long I could hang onto my 2-a-days and lack of rest days and I was desperately looking forward to my taper. I ended up unexpectedly taking 2 rest days in a row, but I’m so glad I did and listened to my body. I woke up Saturday morning completely refreshed and ready to go, almost to the point I thought I had overslept!

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Yesterday I went to Kelli’s bday party, quite possibly the cutest birthday party I think I’ve ever been to, especially in my adult life! Even though I didn’t know anyone else there, there were so many games and activities that brought everyone together and I had so much fun.

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What else? Thursday night we discovered Piper’s gum was green around one tooth and part of her “lip” had separated (don’t know what part of a dog this is). As I searched “gangrene” (don’t do this, especially on Google images), I came to the conclusion she probably just had a tooth infection. Especially because she’s some stank breath for the past couple of weeks. We got her in for an appointment on Friday and the vet was perplexed. They had to temporarily sedate her, but finally got this green rubber thing off her tooth. Even holding it in our hands, we could not figure out what it was! Pips was groggy the rest of the day (my favorite kind of Piper) and we bonded as she slept, literally, on my face.

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Have a great day!

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Yoga sculpt
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 miles
Tue – 4.5 miles w/ Piper
Wed – Yoga sculpt + 7 mi (hills & speed work)
Thu – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – 9.5 miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 27 miles
Total Miles with Piper: 4.5 miles
Hours cross-training: 3 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 485.85 mi

Ashleigh

When you can’t do it all…

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Sometimes it’s not possible to do it all. Sometimes you’ve gotta prioritize and choose what’s most important to you.  Blogging – running – yoga – resting – living.

So this post, or lack thereof, was originally brought to you by my decision today (or rather last night) to wake up early and get out there for a morning run.  However, after an attempt to get up before 6am, with 2 silent alarms and 2 full-blown ringing alarms, I’ve opted to sleep in more and rest.  My body aches and I’m beyond tired!  With a race coming up, I figured I would not gain much more by pushing myself out there today.  My goal is just to be well rested and recovered by tomorrow’s long run.

What do you wear in Washington DC? What does 70 degrees on the East Coast feel like?
I have a lack of enthusiasm for packing, so these are serious issues here!

Ashleigh

Who knew eating more could be such a task?

Monday’s and Wednesday’s prove to be my most active days. Between yoga sculpt and a tempo run, or yoga sculpt and speed workout, my Fitbit calculates I burn over 3,000 calories. My goal is to make sure to pay extra attention to my nutrition on these days, and to make sure I’m eating more, as in at least 2,000 calories.  So Monday I chalked it out and I ate about 8 “meals.”  We’ll see how this works…I’ll let you know if I end up gaining 10lbs!

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.23.18 PM However, this whole eating more is a lot more difficult than it seems, especially when I’m not trying to eat french fries and Big Macs, and even more so that I’m not eating much meat lately.  The last thing I thought I would want to do would be come home from working out and eat dinner, and then eat again. Luckily, I’ve found something that eats kinda like a dessert. I guess this might be called Pro-Yo (protein fro-yo)?  I’m not sure the actual definition of Pro-Yo…but let’s just go with that!

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Pro-Yo
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2-1 cup ice
1 scoop protein powder
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place everything in a blender and blend until you reach a nice and smooth folded together consistency.
  2. Pour in a cup or a bowl, top with any desired toppings (e.g. granola) and eat with a spoon!

Have you had experience eating more and leaning out?

Ashleigh

What’s In Your Makeup Bag?

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Anyways, I desperately bought everything (meaning 2 products) at Brazilia that the girl who shaped my unruly muppet eyebrows suggested for my poor skin.

So with all this new product, I thought I’d show off what’s in my makeup bag.  Now that I look at it, this looks like a lot of stuff.  But mostly I’ll get into something, think it’s a great idea, stick with it for a while, and then just get tired of how cumbersome it becomes (or just seems to me).  I’d much rather be running and/or cooking!  Honestly, if I could (and if my skin would clear up and allow), I’d go makeup free every day. This portion of my “getting ready” takes so long because I dread/dillydally putting on makeup. I get so easily distracted.

Anyways, I do not claim to know anything about makeup or beauty. I’m more of the drug-store kinda girl, who actually just recently graduated (as in, last weekend when I splurged on some “department store makeup” essentials).  I finally have a full set of “big girl makeup” because last Christmas I also decided I wanted to stop looking 16 years old, and that makeup was the solution.  So I dropped some $$$ at Sephora for a few staples that I had been missing – e.g. eyeshadow palette, decent blush, bronzer, etc.

Here’s what I use, morning – day – night. I basically look the same all the time. Except for when I have zit cream smeared over the entire surface of my forehead :-P Then, as my bf likes to say, I look like an “Indian going to war.”

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  1. Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream- said to replenish good bacteria back into your skin. Thing one from Brazilia.
  2. CND Solar Oil – for my horrendous hang-nails.
  3. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup – my first powder compact that actually matches my skin…what a concept!
  4. Covergirl LashExact Mascara – cuz I’m a basic betch.
  5. NARS Blush in Orgasm – it’s so pretty.
  6. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream – I was using this before I got the bacteria cream.
  7. Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup – again, first lotion to match my skin.
  8. Sephora Brushes – “PRO Angled blush” and “must-have powder shadow.”
  9. Slanted Tweezers – my favorite for a good grip.
  10. Two-Faced Natural Eye Palette – the only eyeshadow you will ever need.
  11. Sephora Baked Sculpting Trio – for bronzing and highlighting, when I feel like it.
  12. Tom’s Honeysuckle Deodorant – the scent is pleasant and doesn’t remind me of BO the moment I put it on (like baby powder).
  13. Tweezerman Rose Gold Eyelash Curler – so I could feel fancy.
  14. CVS brand eye makeup remover -cheap.
  15. Revlon ColorStay liquid liner – an easy-to-use eyeliner.
  16. Dermalogica mediBac clearing skin wash – I actually got this stuff at FitBlog LA last year, but then unknowingly bought the same stuff at Brazilia.

 What’s in your makeup bag?  One thing you can’t live without?

Ashleigh

Nutty Dragon Bowl

Seriously, I think the Vitamix is the best investment I’ve ever made.  Because every time I make a smoothie, it makes me so happy.  My smoothies turn out more perfect than I ever could have imagined.  So thick and folded together.

In addition to loving my Vitamix, I absolutely love pitaya and peanut butter.  At first, I thought this was the weirdest combo, but it’s one of the best!  I don’t really know how to describe it other than it’s kind of tropical with a rich and creamy hint at the end.

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Nutty Dragon Bowl
INGREDIENTS:
1 packet Pitaya Plus puree
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberries)
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp. granola
1/2 medium banana, sliced
2 large strawberries, sliced
DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Put pitaya puree, almond milk, frozen banana and peanut butter in a blender.  Blend until desired consistency.
  2. Top with granola, banana slices and strawberry slices.

And if you don’t want a bowl, just a smoothie to-go, here’s an even easier version:

Simplified Nutty Dragon Smoothie
INGREDIENTS:
1 packet Pitaya Plus
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
DIRECTIONS:
  1.  Place everything in a blender and blend until you reach a nice and smooth consistency.

Also see: Homemade Acai Bowls

Ashleigh

Meatless Monday: Easy Peasy Quinoa Salad

This dish is super easy to make, with a few ingredients you can buy in advance( and have on hand) because they’re frozen!  Trader Joe’s has some of my favorite frozen foods/ingredients that make dishes like this super simple (e.g. peas and grilled asparagus).  Add a couple more ingredients (some may very well be staples) and you have an easy Meatless Monday dish.

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Easy Peasy Quinoa Salad
Serves 2
Inspired by Two Peas & Their Pod
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups quinoa, cooked (with vegetable broth)
1 cup peas
14 grilled asparagus spears, chopped
1/2 avocado
2 cups of kale
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp. good quality evoo
Salt & pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Toss the kale with lemon and evoo.  Then prepare each serving dish with a 1 cup bed of kale.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, asparagus, peas, and avocado.
  3. Top each bed of kale with the quinoa mixture.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ashleigh

Week In Review: April 13

The weekend’s almost over and I’m far from renewed and ready for the week to start…I’m EXHAUSTED.  If somebody offered me a 100% rest day, with the stipulation that I would have to stay in bed all day, I’d probably take it (even though that would normally drive me insane).  But my bed is reaaaally comfortable now that I have my fluffy comforter back on (fresh from the dry-cleaners) and Piper has refrained from peeing on it again (and again, thank god).  Please see below for notable pictures from the past week as I take a nap (at 8pm) while my cauliflower roasts.

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Boxed-lunch with a view

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At the El Agave Del Mar Restaurant & Tequileria Grand Opening party

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Trying to find/make a copycat recipe for these

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Wearing the same lip color as Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue, haaay (P.S. all of her makeup was Clinique)

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I feel like this should be an ad for something. So playful, lolz

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 Today’s food prep, similar to last week with some modifications

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Yoga sculpt
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 miles
Tue – 5.25 miles w/ Piper
Wed – 6 miles w/Piper + yoga sculpt
Thu – Yoga power hour
Fri – 6.25 miles
Sat – 12 miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 35.5 miles
Total Miles with Piper: 17.5 miles
Hours cross-training: 4 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 458.85 miles

Ashleigh
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