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May 282015
 

Oxygen Cover

 

It’s HERE! The June edition of Oxygen Magazine has hit the shelves and I have some tips for you!

 Improve gains, prevent injury and create balance with these key moves guaranteed to sculpt a long, lean, YOU! Pick up your copy today!!!

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Apr 272015
 

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It’s here!!! The May edition of Glamour magazine has hit the shelves and there is an article featuring some of my last minute work outs to get you beach ready! Get your copy of Glamour magazine today!!

You can also find the article online at this link below:

 http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2015/04/swimsuit-workout

Dec 152014
 

Juliet Vionic 1

Each year, millions of people make the resolution to lose weight in the New Year. Are you one of them? I see this seemingly innocent declaration as the most direct route to failure because you are starting off on January 1st as “not” accomplished. I encourage you to instead create a resolution, set goals and milestones and get an accomplice for your journey!

Here is what I mean:

I (your name) resolve to live a healthy lifestyle in 2015!  My Goal, or measurable result, will be at my yearly doctor’s appointment (Insert actual date: December 2015), my doctor will give me a good bill of health including:

  1. Healthy Body Weight is between, ____ and _____
  2. My Cholesterol is: ________
  3. My Blood pressure is: ______
  4. I can walk 2 miles in:  _____ Minutes
  5. Ask your doctor for other Healthy goals you can accomplish in 2015

After your resolution and goal is set, go backwards from your goal date, and create smaller monthly goals for each of your primary goals. For example if one of your goals is to walk 2 miles in 30 minutes then your goals could look this:

December 15, 2015

My Doctor tells me I am in good health, my body weight is a healthy weight and my blood pressure and cholesterol are all healthy. I feel good and look good!  I have Walked 2 Miles in 30 minutes 4 x’s a week for 4 Weeks.

November 15, 2015

I Have Walked 2 Miles, 3 x’s a Week for 4 Weeks.

October 15, 2015 

I Have Walked 1.5 Miles in 20 Minutes, 3x’s a week for 4 weeks.

September 15, 2015

I Have Walked In An Organized 3K Fundraiser, with Friends, at A Leisurely Pace.  I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile, 4x’s a Week for 4 weeks.

August 15, 2015

I Have Walked A 15 Minute Mile,  3x’s a week for 4 weeks.

July 15, 2015

I Have Walked 1 Mile In 15 Minutes.  I Have Walked 1 Mile 4x’s a week, for 4 weeks.

June 15, 2015

I Have Walked 1 Mile 3x’s a week, for 4 weeks.

May 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 15 Minutes.

April 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 12 Minutes.

March 15, 2015

I Have Walked 4X’s A Week, For 4 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

February 15, 2015

I Have Walked 3X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

January 15, 2015

I Have Walked 2X’s A Week, For 2 Weeks, For 10 Minutes.

Now that you have your primary and monthly milestone goals set, you need to find your accomplice.  This is someone who is priceless in helping you reach your December 2015 goal! Choose the person you are confident won’t let you wiggle out of your resolution, share with them your goal and ask them if they will hold you accountable to reaching it. Perhaps ask them to go along with you, or better yet, ask them if they have a resolution for which they want to be held accountable.

After your accomplice has agreed, create very specific check-ins or guidelines, such as; “Will you email me every Monday with a few words of encouragement?” “Can you be there in September at the finish line of my 3k?” Additionally, let them know what you need from them if they see you slipping from your game plan. Last but certainly not least, be sure to celebrate each of your goals along the way!!!

 

Dec 232013
 

I know you’re wondering what happened to my Day 5 prep journal, so am I!  That day was so crazy and hectic, I didn’t have a moment to write up anything.  It was more of the same in terms of exercise, clients and food from the days prior – from what I can remember anyway!

So, shooting day finally arrived and ready or not, we arrived at the location before sunrise to get started.  However, there was ONE huge obstacle that we had to get around at first, we were locked out of the location!  Elena joked that we were probably just trespassing and didn’t really have permission to be there! Ha! We stayed cool as cucumbers until we got access inside the house and were ready to go!

Now, I’m going to keep you in suspense a little while longer to find out what this video shoot is all about, but what I CAN tell you is that involves bringing you my unique style of fitness with many other cool and fun surprises!

Here is where you wanna be in 2014! In the meantime, please check out the photo diary from the big day below!  I am grateful and loving the opportunity to share with you and this is only the beginning!

 

Taking in the gorgeous view from our stunning location in the West Hollywood Hills!

Juliet Camera View

After the week I had, thank goodness Elena was there to do her magic!

Juliet Makeup

My pre-shoot pose- what?

Juliet Silly on Yoga Mat

In my zone and in my happy place performing some yoga moves.

Juliet Yoga by Pool

 

Plotting and planning with Elena between takes as well as being silly with David Velo Stewart who was in charge for the day!

Juliet and Elena PlanningJuliet Smiling with Dave

No, I’m not sleeping! More shooting on the balcony as the sun begins to set.

Dave Shooting Juliet Foam Roller

     “Say cheese”–pizza that is –what was on my mind as the shoot was drawing to a close!

Juliet Kneeling on Balcony

The beautiful sunset peeking behind the clouds as we finish up with final takes.

Juliet posing with Sunset

IT’S A WRAP! PIZZA TIME! Yes, I was caught devouring a slice in mid-bite.

No, I don’t care! I earned every morsel! #Heaven

Juliet Pizza

 

Thank you for sharing the first part of this journey with me!  So much more to come, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Nov 222013
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 4- Rough Day

The effects of low-calorie, low-sodium, high intensity workouts and minimal solid food feels like it’s catching up to me today.  I’ve got a little bit of a short fuse and low energy. However, a great reprieve was training my east coast client via Skype. It was so nice to be able to sit down in a calm place in Beverly Hills for an hour training her from afar!

Whew! So nice to sit for an hour to train on Skype! #lovetechnology

Whew! So nice to sit for an hour to train on Skype! #lovetechnology

I tried my best to keep my social calendar clear for this week, to both conserve energy and not tempt my palette, but who could pass up seeing a sneak preview of then Hunger Games?! Certainly not me! This outing also included dinner before..uh-oh!  Before I arrived, I jokingly asked my friend to order me a cucumber for dinner and when I arrived, there was a plate of sliced cucumber and lemon slices.  I savored every bite!!  It still wasn’t enough to fend off all of the Italian goodness wafting in the air, so I folded and had one piece of Italian bread and butter.  Butter never tasted so good!!! I also had a glass of Cabernet and wine has never so quickly gone to my head!!  I made it through the movie without any popcorn and by the way I loved it and can’t wait for the 3rd one!

Workouts: 1 1/2 hours
An advanced yoga class with Rebecca Benenati- thank you Rebecca!  My yoga mat was drenched once again!

Food

Warm water lemon juice from 1 Organic lemon

3 bottles throughout the day: 16 oz of filtered water, 1 organic lemon, Organic Blue Agave and Cayenne Pepper to flush the system.

Breakfast: Pressed Juicery-Greens 2

Late Morning: Pressed Juicery -My Favorite Vanilla Almond (my protein): Almonds/Dates/Vanilla Bean/Sea Salt/H2O & GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha

Lunch:  Kale Salad with lemon

Afternoon: Pressed Juicery-Roots 3

Dinner: Cucumber with 1 slice of bread with light butter

Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice

Taught classes and trained clients back to back. By the time I got home, I crashed and my Calm Powder (more on this later) helped give me a good night’s sleep!

Nov 212013
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 3 “Thin it Down”

The scale and knowing your body weight and measurements is an important tool when your on the quick thin down program. My usually shoot weight is about 120-122 and my waist is at 25.5″. On Monday my weight was 126 and my waist was well bigger. Today I am 124 and waist is holding at “bigger”! Time to “thin it down”- this usually means lose water weight.  For advice I turned to friend  and Mr Universe, Gunter Schlierkemp .

Bodybuilders have to lose a lot of weight (water weight) the day of their shows- so that their muscles are perfectly seen for the competition. These guys have a ton of tricks!

Gunter’s trick-tip for me was the 3 days before show (shoot in my case):

Limit my sodium to almost nil- no added sodium, and to ingest 2000-3000 mg of potassium.

Drink lots of water “you need water to lose water”.

Then the day of show (shoot), only drink a little bit, maybe half a liter. But to also ingest sodium- he’ll eat fries! I had never heard this before- he went on to explain that when your muscle has been “deprived of sodium and then gets flooded with it,the muscle locks the water in. ”  I’m a bit nervous about this one- but am on board for the “low/no- sodium” the days before (now) and of the lower water on day of.

juliet and jillian

Workouts: 3 hours
1. A laugh filled full-body and cardio circuit workout with friend and client Liza Weil. We also showed up wearing the same Lululemon outfit!
2. 30 minutes springs on recumbent bike- boring but necessary.
3. 90 minutes of Pilates with the ever wonderful Jillian Hessel – my abs are so sore and tight! Thank you Jillian!

juliet and liza

Food
6am- Warm water lemon juice from 1 Organic lemon

7am- Greens 3
9am- Chlorophyll water
11am- Vanilla Protein
1pm-Beets 4
3pm-I broke 4 gluten free crackers
5pm-Greens 2
7pm-Greens 3 and chopped kale and lemon salad with 5 almonds
Bedtime 8 oz of organic aloe vera juice

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Nov 202013
 

Tuesday November 19, 2013

I had to kick it up a gear today and get on top of my team, other than Christa we have no one booked to shoot this..What?! this is craziness, wondering if we can really pull it off and even if we do, will the final product be anything worth using? Breathe…

1. 90 minutes advanced Yoga- HOT. Felt so good and strong. Strongest I have felt in weeks- arm balances were a breeze and sweated it out so  much- thank you Anthony Benenati  check out the photo of my Yoga Mat post class… It was gross but cool all at the same time! #SweatIsCool

This mat needed some serious airing out!

This mat needed some serious airing out!

2. To shed those pounds I always suggest to get over to SoulCycle- or your favorite spin studio. So I took my own advice- class tonight with @PixieAcia was a killer. I actually wanted to slug her when she turned the intensity on my bike up in the final round. Oh my!  My Yoga mat is no comparison to my sweat drenched head after spinning -Yuck! Check out this photo, I made my Yoga mat look dry. #SweatFeelsSoGood

SoulCycle Sweat Aftermath!

SoulCycle Sweat Aftermath!

3. In the spirit of kicking it up a gear I started a half-day juice cleanse from my ever favorite Pressed Juicery.

Before Breakfast: Hot Water with the Juice from 1 organic Lemon

Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled Eggs and Chopped Kale

Late Morning: Grapefruit & GT’s Multi-Green Kombucha

Later-later morning: PURE bar

Lunch: The Juicing Begins! Roots 3: Beet/Apple/Lemon/Ginger

Afternoon: Greens 1: Kale/Spinach/Romaine/Parsley/Cucumber/Celery

Dinner: My Favorite Vanilla Almond: Almonds/Dates/Vanilla Bean/Sea Salt/H2O

Before Bed: 8 oz Organic Aloe Vera Juice

 

 

Coordination: Booked makeup artist the super talented and uber funny Elena Gharbigi. Meetings with 2 filmmakers. ( I love LA people who move on the fly when need be). Worked with Christa endlessly on video outline and oh yeah taught 6 classes/clients!

 November 20, 2013  Posted by at 3:46 pm Bikini Ready, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off
Nov 192013
 
Yay! We booked a location!

Yay! We booked a location!

 

I just scored an AMAZING location to shoot some personal videos (No silly not those kind of personal videos) though I’m not going to tell what it is yet!  Let’s just say you will definitely benefit from them- in some way!  Ahh, don’t you just love the suspense?!  Anyway, I just found out that we got the location, so we have to shoot this weekend!  Normally, that wouldn’t be too big of an issue, but of course this comes at a time when I’m just getting over being sick with bronchitis for 2 weeks!So, you know how it goes, when you’re down and out for the count, the body can get a little softer and shall I say, thick around the curves.  I’ve barely worked out and my energy is still a little down but I have to be ready to rock skin tight fitness attire and a bikini (hint, hint) in five days!

This is the beginning of how I am going about this safely and efficiently:

Oh sh*t! We only have 5 days!

Oh sh*t! We only have 5 days!

 

Day 1: Monday November 18, 2013

1) Remove all gluten, processed food and alcohol from my diet, with the exception of the pizza I had last night.  I mean it was gluten-free and vegetarian. C’mon, I needed to have a couple of slices to mentally prepare me for the rest of the week! #DontAlwaysFollowMyLead

2) 90 Minute therapeutic Pilates session and a 2-mile run to get my body back working.

3)  Meals:

Breakfast: 3 Egg Whites, Mixed Greens and Pico de Gallo. Decaf Coffee with Milk

Late Morning: 1 Grapefruit

Lunch: Steamed Tofu and Grilled Asparagus

Dinner: Gluten Free Vegetarian Pizza from Fresh Brothers- Yummy in my Tummy- Naughty-Naughty for my skinny

Before Bed: 8 oz of Pure Organic Aloe Vera Juice

4) Worked with the amazing Christa Shelton till 8pm on shoot outline and coordinating.

5) 20-minute meditation to calm my nerves and keep me grounded for what is going to be a hectic week.

6) #Grateful #LoverOfLife

 

 

 

 

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Oct 302013
 
In case you were wondering, yes, I will be teaching Pilates in this mask all day!

In case you were wondering, yes, I will be teaching Pilates in this mask all day!

 

Can you believe it’s already Halloween! This year is slipping through my very fingers!  I’m thankful to be busy with a studio expansion, exciting projects on the horizon and of course my lovely clients, but these months are flying by! Anyway, ready or not, the holidays are now upon us and a plethora of decadent food and treats of the season begins at Halloween and it’s very easy to go overboard and get a little off track during this time.  Now, as you know I’m an admitted lover of pizza AND cupcakes, but I enjoy in moderation! ;-) So, I’m giving you a little license to do the same this Halloween with these vegetarian and vegan gluten-free recipes I found that are sure to satisfy your need for noshing! Just be careful to not overdo it!

Say “Boo” with Meringue Ghosts
These babies are not only adorable, but also contain chocolate so where can you go wrong? Cute and satisfying is the name of the game here!  You are sure to thrill party guests with these babies.  Get the goods here.

 

“Whatever You Do, Don’t Fall Asleep!”  

Who remembers that line? Nightmare on Elm Street of course! You will definitely be looking for something to munch on while having your scary movie marathon and this vegan and gluten-free spin on popcorn sounds like a winner! Roasted chickpeas will provide you with the crunch you seek and the added protein of this snack doesn’t hurt either!  If you’re watching the movies cuddled up with your sweetie, we all know where that can lead, so no popcorn teeth for you!  Definite added bonus for this one!

An Apple A Day

How could it possibly Halloween or fall without apples? Whether your bobbing for them at a party (far be it from me to judge if you’re still doing this as an adult) or looking to dip them in something sweet, it’s hard to truly feel guilty eating anything with an apple as a main ingredient, well, sort of.  This gluten-free and vegan recipe for caramel apples would be a hit among adults and kiddos alike!  Just don’t get used to eating your daily apple this way!

Enjoy the day, but remember that you don’t have to eat everything in sight at the Halloween soiree and if you’re doing the cooking, choosing just one of these recipes to try would be more than enough!  You don’t want to be found the next morning in a sugar coma and if you’re one of my clients then I expect to see you in Pilates class on Friday. :-) Next year, I will be getting all the trainers at the studio to perform the Thriller dance and post the video to entertain you, they just don’t know it yet (insert Vincent price laugh here)!  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

 October 30, 2013  Posted by at 5:57 pm Healthy Eating, Zen Pilates Studio Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off
Jun 282013
 

Wow! It seems like I just blinked and the beginning of July was tapping on my shoulder!  I’ve been keeping myself very busy with clients and events with Dr. Weil and Activate Drinks!  Summer is officially here and temperatures are soaring, so what better way to get in a good workout and stay cool than to jump in the pool?  Here are some moves you can do while wading in the water this summer!

PLANK IN THE POOL- Standing with your feet hip-width apart, place both hands on a foam pool noodle or other flotation device. Push the flotation device out in front of you until your arms are straight and move your feet backward as far as possible while keeping your back and legs straight and your feet flat on the pool floor. Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds.

poolSEATED PILATES ROLL-UP- Hold hand buoys in front of your chest at water level and from a seated position with legs extended straight out together in front of your body at a 90-degree angle, extend the hand buoys forward, bend at the waist and reach toward your toes. Exhale. Be sure to inhale while pulling hand buoys back toward your chest as the upper body sits upright again and continues to lie down supine on top of water. Complete 8-10 repetitions.

UPWARD FACING DOG- Using a therapy swim bar or aqua noodle, position your body so that the water line is just below the chest and hands are shoulder-width apart. Push the noodle or bar under the water straight down under the shoulders while keeping your shoulders down. Extend your legs back, hip-distance apart, with the tops of your feet touching the bottom of the pool and let your hips drop down. Draw the pubic bone forward as you pull upward with the chest.

Now, hit up your nearest indoor pool (or backyard of you’re lucky) and try these Pool Pilates moves on for size and let’s have a great summer!

 June 28, 2013  Posted by at 12:23 pm Bikini Ready, Fitness, Healthy Living Comments Off