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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 on The Anatomy of Preparing for a Last Minute Video Shoot- Day 3
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 on The Anatomy of Preparing for a Last Minute Video Shoot- Day 1
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 on A Gluten-Free Halloween!