6 Months in and Killinnn it!


I am happy to report that it is now June 14 and I am beyond pleased with my fitness routine the last 6 months. It’s amazing the changes that happen to your body when you put the time and effort it. It’s hard…..like really hard. Sometimes I am really tired from work, and other times I would rather just go home and cook dinner instead of get home at 8 and try and manage a few hours before bed. But guess what? I love it. If I didn’t I would’t do it. Fact. I think the most important key component to a successful everyday life is to simply GET MOVING! Don’t think of it as an extravagant workout but rather you are just getting out of the house or work for a bit.

  1. CHANGE it up!
  • walk
  • play basketball
  • spin class
  • circuit training
  • go for a run/hike

2. Meditate

  • Take 5 minutes of your day to separate from all the chaos we go through daily. Between work, school, kids, bosses and heck at this point world news, we can all be a little stressed out here and there. Acknowledge your distractions and pay attention to your breathing. It helps.


  • Think 80/20. Start with the basics. Don’t eat processed foods. Fruits, veggies and grains are okay but make sure they are good quality. Nourish your body so that you can in fact maintain a healthy/active lifestyle. On the flip side- don’t ever not enjoy yourself. It’s ok to splurge ONCE-IN-A-WHILE. Don’t get crazy and ruin every single workout but know it’s ok to have a great dinner and glass of wine here and there. We are all about moderation here.

4.Workout Partners

  • This is so important! Find that person that will motivate you and kick your butt. If you’re like me you aren’t exactly a fan of partner workouts. I know, it’s just who I am….and mostly because I am the least competitive person (in terms of working out).  Although I would rather workout by myself I know that if I do go to the gym by myself I am not going to get even half the workout I should be doing. Accountability is necessary. I am sure of it. The picture above is this last Sunday of our “Run Club”. We tackled an interval workout. 5 minutes run hard- 1 minute rest. 4 minutes run hard- 1 minute rest and so on until 1 minute and then on the way back it was the same- 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I encourage you to try this….it’s a burner!


Parmesan. Broccoli. Potatoes.

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You’re going to love this one.

What you’ll need:

  • 16 oz Baby potatoes
  • 24 oz Broccoli florets
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, fresh leaves
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Sea Salt/Black Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan


This recipe is so easy. If you’re in a pinch and don’t know what to make I recommend this along with a chicken breast or whatever protein you like. Cut the veggies, dress them, wrap in foil and bake.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Divide broccoli and potatoes into 4 equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.
  • Fold up all 4 sides of each foil packet. Spoon the garlic mixture over the broccoli and potatoes. Fold the sides of the foil over the vegetables, covering completely and sealing the packets closed.
  • Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 12-14 minutes.*
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

I found this recipe here.

Feel the Rythym.

Sarah Sunset

“Yoga is like music: the rythm of the the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” – B.K.S. Lyengar

Ladies and Gentleman I present to you a new chapter of my life. It seems like we are constantly growing, moving forward in life (most of us) with the next best adventure or even the next challenge we could never imagine would arise.Let’s face it, time passes by whether we go with the flow or try to resist. I have learned a lot about myself in 2016. I made the decision (for myself) in the beginning of the year that I was going to simply COMMIT. There were some goals I set and I was not going to give up when things don’t “go my way.”  Does this sound familiar? It’s so easy to set a goal and then when you don’t see results talk yourself down and eventually just give up. Well…not this year, this is not the case. I dialed into my workouts and promised myself I would find a new job. I was going to work everyday not loving it, not loving the people or the energy the brought into my life. Little did I know this was draining my personal life and limiting my expectation for myself. You always hear the saying, “Surround yourself with greatness and you will be great.”….Well, in this case it was the total opposite! The majority of my day was spent with people who also hated their jobs, and weren’t satisfied with their life- so I literally woke up one day, and I made a choice to change it. I spent a few months searching for a new career (waaaay harder than I thought), going on a couple interviews only to be rejected but low and behold a great opportunity came up. Literally, overnight. Phone interview Thursday, in person Friday, Offer on Monday. I thought to myself, “Is this real?!” haha, yes it was REAL! I am naturally a busy person, but I can’t tell you how much a change of everyday environment has not only made me feel lighter in regards to stress, less emotionally drained and just happier to go to work everyday. How is this possible that I lasted so long in this negative situation. If this is you, wake up! There is better out there.

The moral of the story: Believe in yourself. Talk yourself up instead of down and really create a vision for what it is exactly that you want. If you want a new career, decide what it is that you want and what it is that you’re willing to put forth in honor of obtaining this change. Use your resources and know that it is possible to have a job that doesn’t feel like work! Out with the old, in with the new. Life is too short to not wake up and be happy everyday!

Happy Friday!


Bare Bowls.


My friends! If you have never been to Bare Bowls in Palo Alto is a MUST. I have had the last week off of work in between changing jobs which means I have worked out more than usual (double days). Usually I head to Soul Cycle on Sundays and make it a once a week treat, but when you have lots of time on your hands why not pick up a few extra classes in between. Bare Bowls is 5 minutes away from the Soul Cycle in Palo, so needless to say it’s a great snack or lunch after your class. This one pictured above is called the Trailblazer. This includes: handmade almond butter, Acai base, strawberry, banana, and dates. Seriously, it was so good I went two days in a row!!!! There is a also a location in Burlingame if you are closer to San Francisco! Get in there….SO delish!

Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower Tacos. 






What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzle
  • 2 chipotle peppers from canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 8 tortillas warmed or grilled
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

  • 7 oz full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 choptle pepper (from the can used above)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400F:

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (I didn’t have parchment so I used foil). Add the cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Working over the baking sheet, use your hands to break up 2 chipotle peppers, along with some of the adobo sauce. Toss again to coat the cauliflower and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. 
Make the chipotle yogurt sauce: In a small food processor [i used my vitamix] combine the yogurt, chipotle pepper, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings adding more salt, pepper, and lime juice as desired. 
Fill each tortilla with a spoonful of sauce, the roasted cauliflower, and a slice of avocado. Serve with the cilantro and lime slices on the side. 

This recipe was so easy and also the first time I have ever cooked with chipotle peppers! And note to self: if you are a meet water you could always cook some organic chicken or steak with the chipotle peppers and lime juice! Good luck!
I found this recipe at Love & Lemons.

Chipotle Flavored Breakfast Burrito.


Happy Monday! Ok, for starters I was on a roll with cooking this weekend. It was rainy, cold and one of those weekends where you just want to lay in bed and do nothing all weekend. If you have read any past posts you know by now that it’s really hard for me to slow down, so instead I headed to the book store and picked up a new cook book! Saturday I made Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower tacos (which were SO good) and so on Sunday I used the leftover cauliflower, whipped up some breakfast potatoes with the chipotle chilis in the adobe sauce and Wa La! I had myself a delicious brekfast burrito. So many times when I buy vegetables (because it’s just me) I have leftovers which leads to being a little creative otherwise I am eating the same meal for 3 days. Who wants that? Not me! Anyway, get creative and use your left overs for something new.

In this burrito I used:

  • chipotle roasted cauliflower/corn
  • breakfast potatoes with chipotle pepper sauce
  • eggs [scrambled]
  • avocado
  • chipotle sauce (made with fresh greek yogurt)
  • diced tomato
  • flour tortilla

Are you a fan of breakfast burritos? What do you like to put in yours? Remember, if you are a meat eater you can always scramble up some sausage or bacon with those eggs. Good luck!



Better For It. 

It’s no surprise that if you put in the work, you get results. An easy way to keep yourself accountable is to workout with someone that will push you to the limit you don’t even see for yourself. You MUST lift the heavier weight, do the extra sprints post workout, experience what it means to become uncomfortable because getting results is not always comfortable. (I can vouch for that!)There is no such thing as shortcuts, wraps, cleanses, or anyone that is going to create real results for you if you don’t change your lifestyle long term. This includes the food you consume everyday, or the workouts you don’t really want to go to but make the a priority even when you’re tired, busy or simply not motivated. Sure, these short term alternatives might be easier and seem to work for a hot second- but are they sustainble for long lasting results? Negative. The best part about this process is that when you do start to look better, feel better and become stronger you know you did everything in your power to get that way AND you are better for it!

Easy Peasy Brussels Sprout Salad.

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What you’ll need:

  • Brussels Sprouts [sliced thin)
  • lemon
  • percorino romano
  • olive oil
  • white balsamic vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste

Start by washing and slicing the brussels sprouts thin while placing in a bowl. I used about 10-15 brussels sprouts which was enough at least 2 or 3 people. I measured out about 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, and just a couple dashes of white balsamic vinegar to bring it to 1/4 cup. Squeeze the juice of 1 & 1/2 lemons then put in a blender/mixer. The mixer helps with the consistency of the dressing. Toss the dressing in with the bowl of raw sliced brussels sprouts. I like to massage them together so they flavor really gets absorbed by the sprouts. Lastly, the pecorino is shaved over the top of the salad. (You can use the side of the cheese grader with the smallest holes).If you need any salt at all a pinch should suffice. I like to add crushed black pepper to the salad for extra flavor and also to cut the bite of the citrus. Enjoy!

Fit Tip: How to get a Flat Belly.

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Here is a glimpse of my weekend in a nutshell. It seems like working out is more on the rotation than anything else these days! Saturday morning’s circuit training workout was so freakin hard, but I survived(barely haha). Yesterday I hit up Soul Cycle per usual on Sunday to end the week with a great ride followed by an amazing acai bowl from Bare Bowls in Palo Alto. Can we say yummm! I am here today with some tips for a flat belly. Ladies, I know you’re ready for this one!

You gotta Move it to Lose it.

  • It’s no secret that in order to get that weight off you have to move. You can do all the crunches in the world but a healthy body is a result of a healthy and active lifestyle. Cardio helps with burning calories but weights and core workouts help build muscle to show dem babies off. It’s also important to stick to a routine. When you are consistent you will see results.

Eat Real Food. 

  • Believe it that the food you eat usually more often than not is in direct correspondence with the way you are feeling. Are you tired, sluggish, or bloated? Or the opposite- energetic, alive and ready to take on the day? Depending on what you eat will determine how you feel. Also note, if what you are consuming doesn’t ever go bad, well then, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Fact.

Bad Carbs

  • Everything in moderation, including moderation. Anything including white flour, bleached flour, sugary cereals, breads should not be in your usual grocery store rotation. These types of foods can hinder  your way to a flat belly. I know, I know, I am human too and I love pasta, toast, bagels etc. Do I eat them regularly? No. Why? Because I want to look good! Yes, sometimes I have them but it’s a treat not a necessity. Once it becomes a routine to ditch these foods you won’t feel such a need to think about them.

Planks & Crunches.

  • It’s a must. Planks are all the rage! Any crunches, oblique workouts, medball exercises and stability will all help with your core strength. With better core strength comes A…A…..ABS!

Drink H20. 

  • You have to do it. Drinking water daily not only helps reduce bloating but also helpe eliminate any waste or toxins in the body. If you aren’t a fan of plain water add some mint, basil, lemon or fruit to help with your consumption.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your journey to a flat belly!

Weekend Goals.


Crazy for Acai…How good does this look!


Can’t forget to put in the work.


T.G.I.F. I think this is my favorite day of the week. Everyone is winding down usually from a hard week at work and looking forward to their weekend activities. My Weekend Goals?Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Who am I kidding? I am an on the go freak! Most people like to do nothing on the weekends while I on the other hand am an early riser and go- go – go type of person. It’s just who I am! Not a bad habit I might add. I have absolutely no plans this weekend but to workout Saturday (curcuit training) and Sunday (Soul Cycle) which means extra time in the kitchen to try a new recipe or two. This is so random but while I always search on Pinterest for recipes – sweet potatoes are not in my usual rotation of grocery finds but I am determined to get them to be an,” I more than like you kind of thing.” Speaking of plans this weekend, I have also been on and off reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown for some weeks now (One of my favorite authors) and I am determined to finish it this weekend. Do you guys have anything exciting going on?  I will be traveling to Miami for a good friends wedding in a few weeks so I will definitely enjoy a little R&R this weekend! I am wishing you all a great Friday and weekend ahead!