julietkaska

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!

 December 23, 2013  Posted by at 3:57 pm Bikini Ready, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Tagged with: , , , ,  Comments Off
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

 November 21, 2013  Posted by at 4:21 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,  Comments Off
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

 

 

 

 

 November 19, 2013  Posted by at 6:19 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off
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
Feb 052013
 

Every year I run into the same dilemma… the inevitable Valentine’s Day and Awards Season collision. After finally recovering from the extra holiday food, here comes Valentine’s Day with it’s enticing chocolates and quickly followed by my favorite time of year, Awards season. See the problem? I’ll never deny myself a nibble (okay, it’s really a whole piece…a small piece though I promise) of great chocolate, but if I’m going to eat it anyway it might as well have some nutritional value so I decided to do some research. Yes chocolate can be high in fat and sugar, but  when consumed in moderation, chocolate actually provides some health benefits due to the nature of various ingredients. We all have heard that dark chocolate is the best kind because of the antioxidants but I knew that couldn’t be the whole story. Here’s what I found…

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains cocoa, fat and sugar. This type of chocolate has either minimal or no milk solids added to its mixture.

Dark chocolate offers more health benefits than other varieties of chocolate as its ingredients aid in:

  1. Preventing heart disease by using antioxidants to help to neutralize the free radical molecules that can damage the heart
  2. Rregulating cholesterol levels with catechin and epicatechin, the two main antioxidants found in dark chocolate, are also beneficial for keeping cholesterol levels within the normal range
  3. Regulating blood sugar levels. The flavanols that are present in dark chocolate keep insulin production stable within the body. This regulates blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  4. Improving one`s mood. Chemicals such as caffeine, phenylethylamine and theobromine, all of which are found in dark chocolate, help to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain.

Health Benefits of Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate is a mixture of cocoa, fat, sugar and milk solids. Though milk chocolate is considered by health experts to be less nutritious than dark chocolate, it may still benefit the body by:

  1. Improving dental health. As a source of phosphate and calcium, milk chocolate contains ingredients that help to keep teeth strong and prevent decay.
  2. Providing needed vitamins and minerals. Milk chocolate contains various elements that are necessary for overall health, including the minerals, magnesium and potassium and the vitamins B1, B2, D and E.

Health Benefits of White Chocolate

White chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids; rather, it is formulated with cocoa butter, milk and sugar. The ingredients in white chocolate may benefit one`s health through:

  1. Being free of caffeine. While milk chocolate and dark chocolate contain small amounts of caffeine, white chocolate is not formulated with this stimulant. This benefits people who are sensitive to caffeine and experience headaches, nervousness and insomnia as a result of its consumption.

Dark chocolate wins the contest with 4 great benefits compared to the 1 benefit of white chocolate. You can add chocolate to your diet in a healthy manner by consuming it in the form of meal replacement shakes, breakfast bars and nutritional supplements. Online health stores such as The Healthcounter pharmacy offer a variety of great tasting foods and drinks that contain chocolate.

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Nov 122012
 

A boost of caffeine before a workout is a popular way to rev up your metabolism and burn off some extra calories says WebMD.com. However; not all caffeine sources are equal; the 2 most popular sources are green tea and coffee. Clients often ask me, “Which is better, coffee or green tea?” I vote for green tea and here’s why:

As mentioned, both drinks have caffeine but Green Tea also acts specifically to boost your body’s metabolism of fat.  Green tea’s polyphenols can counter  excess triglycerides in your system, which when not used get converted to fat.  The polyphenols function to activate a certain enzyme in the body that will dissolve the excess triglycerides. It is also rumored to keep bones strong, something in which coffee has the opposite effect. And the benefits don’t end there! Green tea also can relax your arteries, lower blood pressure and keep your heart strong. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine  (June 2004) found that those who consumed tea regularly for at least one year had a 46% lower risk of developing high blood pressure, from drinking as little as 1-2 cups per day.  Enjoying a cup of green tea in the morning sounds a lot more enjoyable then having to remember to take blood pressure medication every day, especially with their long list of side effects and drug interactions. Antioxidants in green tea heal at the deepest cellular level, allowing the benefits to manifest throughout the body.

The University of Tokyo had researchers conduct a study on bones and green tea consumption and concluded that green tea may actually significantly increase the bone mineral density! Even decaf coffee has been linked in studies to osteoporosis when consumed in large quantities. I was reading more research that points to the compound egigallocatechin gallate (EGCG for short because even I can’t pronounce that!) as the main weapon that Green Tea carries to fight against carcinogens in our bodies. The research suggests that it may actually promote a myriad of cancer-protecting actions in the body! The American Medical Association reports that people who drank 4-5 cups of green tea per day had a lower mortality rate from cardiovascular disease than those who abstained from the beverage. Four to five cups may seems like a lot but say you have two in the morning with breakfast and your morning commute, another as a mid-afternoon pick me up and finally one after dinner. That’s four cups right there! Be aware that green tea’s caffeine content may interfere with sleep patterns if consumed after 4 p.m., so be sure to pick up a box of decaf!

Green Tea’s other health claims include: suppressing appetite, increasing oral hygiene, boosting the immune system, prevention of rheumatoid arthritis, regulating diabetes and even improving skin related problems such as acne. It seems almost like a miracle plant with all these healing properties. Apparently Green Tea, unlike it’s cousins Black and Earl Grey, is left unfermented and by doing so it is able to retain the active healthy properties! A reminder on how much processing can affect the foods we eat.  So overall, whether you decide to drink coffee or tea for your morning wake up, do so in moderation. The majority of liquid you consume should come from pure filtered water. Be sure to drink at least half your weight in ounces a day. That means if you weight 140 lbs you should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water per day, excluding the water you use to make your tea or coffee =)

 November 12, 2012  Posted by at 12:19 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living Comments Off
Sep 272012
 

This month Shape Magazine is featuring a Pilates special as their Workout of the Month. The article, “Retool Your Routine” features a 15-minute kick start to your current routine! Shape reached out to me to create this program that uses either a resistance band or ball (or both!). You can incorporate these moves into your current routine to give your muscles a change up or use them to start a new routine. Be sure to read through the article (on newsstands now) to see the “twists” I provide for each move.

 September 27, 2012  Posted by at 2:51 pm Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Fitness, Zen Pilates Studio Comments Off