Category Archives: Commentary

Ernestine Shepherd. If this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!

The world’s oldest female competitive bodybuilder is 75 years old, and her name is Ernestine Shepherd. She started training at the ripe young age of 71. She started exercising at the age of 56. She now promotes exercise and healthy eating as a lifestyle with her community and church. I say it’s NEVER too late to do ANYTHING, and here is the perfect example. What a freaking INSPIRATION!!!!!!

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I’m back, and I bring Salmon Sandwiches with me!

I know, I know, I haven’t posted for the past 2 weeks. It has gotten super busy around here, and in my defense, I’m really not used to having “planning a wedding” in my schedule. Not that I’m complaining 🙂

Jen and Tonic commented that she wanted to hear all about my 100 mile race last year, and since I know not everyone lives the life of an ultra runner, I will have to write a separate post about that. Training for and running a 100 mile mountain race is really a life-changing type of experience, and can barely be described with words. Every time you hit the trails for a long period of time, you learn something about yourself. You learn how tough you are, what you’re really dealing with on the inside, how weak you are, how beautiful the earth is – the number of epiphanies you might have within one race/run is truly astounding. And it is something I’m proud of, and I’d love to share more of my trail running experiences with you soon, including details about Western States 100 last year.

With that said, here is my yummy easy sandwich recipe for the day – to energize you all for your runs & workouts today!

adapted from the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World Magazine

Ingredients (makes 1 sandwich)

  • 3 tbsp light mayo
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 5-ounce can of salmon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 slices of multi-grain bread, organic mixed greens, slice of tomato


1. Mix light mayo with chili sauce in a small bowl. Set aside

Chili Aioli Sauce

2. Combine the salmon with lemon juice, fresh dill, garlic, and salt to taste. Cut bread into sandwich halves. Spread the aioli sauce onto one slice of each half, and place the tomato, mixed greens, and salmon mixture on top. Sandwich with the other slice of bread, and enjoy!

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Arthur Boorman’s Beautiful Story. Never Ever Give Up.

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.”

This is a very cool story about Arthur Boorman, a Gulf War veteran, who was told by doctors that he would never walk on his own again. He believed them, gained a lot of weight, and gave up. Until one day, someone else believed in him. DDP Yoga (a hybrid yoga workout system designed by Diamond Dallas Page) helped change Arthur’s life in the best way possible.

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Not a single gram of…..shall be given today

Please excuse the language on the following image. But I love it so much. Hope y’all are not offended by this one. I got it from Jennifer Pastiloff’s Facebook Page – she is my new obsession. I took her yoga flow class last night and fell in love with her energy and teaching style. Check her out if you live in the Los Angeles, she teaches all around town!! Her blog can also be found here.

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Skip The Snooze…Get Your Workout On!

Here’s for some morning workout motivation…GET IT DONE!! Skip the snooze button tomorrow morning and get in some extra time at the gym, on the trails, in the pool, on your mat, fill in your own sport here. Boom. Done.

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A Parody of “Yoga by Equinox”


So I posted an awesome video a couple week ago called “Yoga by Equinox” that features that super awesome Briohny Smith going through a beautiful yoga sequence. Check out the post HERE if you haven’t yet seen that video! (And yes, like I briefly mention in the post, many people criticized this video for overly sexual and exploitative toward women…I don’t agree, but you can pass your own judgement on this topic…)

Anyway, whether you like the video or not, I think everyone can enjoy this parody video done by Michael A. Stusser, of “The Dead Guy Interviews”. I think this is what most people feel like while doing yoga, and to be honest, he’s pretty good too! Check it out:

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Ellie Goulding – Lights & RUNNING!

Yay, it’s the weekend!! I am LOVING Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” song & video…enjoy!!

…and while I was browsing Ellie’s site, I discovered that she loves to run! So cool! I’m even more stoked on her now. So a few things regarding this and her site. First, on her homepage there’s a link for a free download. Click this to register for her updates and get a free download of Wish I Stayed. Second, she has partnered with Nike to create a 30 minute running mix (yeaaaahh!!) that you can download off of iTunes. Super cool. It’ called the Run Into The Night Medley and you can buy it for $5.99. Lastly, I’m going to leave you with ELLIE RUNS:

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Yoga & One Pot Meal by Equinox

When I signed on to YouTube to check out the video of the very awesome Briohny Smyth, I stumbled across a slew of videos that Equinox posts. I know they’re an awesome gym/club/spa, but I had no idea they were so involved in the online world! In this post, I mainly want to focus on the dinner I made last night, but I also want to post the Yoga By Equinox video for you to enjoy. It’s truly grace & beauty at its finest.

(note: this video has been under a lot of scrutiny…unwarranted in my opinion, but read about it here if the topic interests you)

After watching this video, I noticed another video on the sidebar – A Healthy, One-Pot Meal. It is The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman demonstrating how to cook a delicious meal of red snapper, leeks, acorn squash, and yukon gold potatoes. Holy smokes. So gourmet, and so easy!

My adaptation here:


2 medium sized pieces of halibut

1 large leek, very coarsely chopped and washed thoroughly

1/2 an acorn squash, cut into half inch half moons

2 yukon gold potatoes, cut in half and sliced into small half moons

1/2 cup of white wine (I used a viognier)

1/2 lemon juice

1/3 cup of coarsely chopped parsely

1/4 tbsp unsalted butter

EVOO, Sea Salt to taste

1.  Pour olive oil into a large pan and setting it up on a medium flame, lay the acorn squash into the pan so that all the surface area of one side is on the pan. Brown one side of the acorn squash, approximately 4 minutes. Remove squash and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top. Set aside.

2.  Using the same pan (if needed, add just a tad more olive oil), fill with leeks and cook gently. Reduce flame or add water to the pan if the leeks begin to sizzle and turn brown (there should be no color here). After 2-3 minutes, spread out the potatoes on top of the leeks, and pour the white wine on top.

3. Finally, lay the acorn squash brown side up on top of the potatoes. Allow butter to melt on top of the acorn squash, and spread it around a bit. Finally, generously salt both sides of the halibut, and place on top of the squash. Pour the lemon juice all over the top of the halibut, sprinkle the parsley around, and close the lid. Steam this one pot meal until all the white wine/lemon juice/juice from fish is almost all evaporated. Take the steaming pan to the table and serve!


***I was originally going to cook red snapper like Daniel Holzman calls for in the video, but they did not have it at the market. When I went on my phone to search for similar fish to use in the recipe, I discovered that red snapper is labeled as the “Eco-Worst Choice” by the EDF due to the drastic decline in red snapper from overfishing. Additionally, there are fairly high mercury levels in red snapper, which makes it an even more debatable choice. If you want some more information, check out the Complete List of Seafood Eco-Ratings and this Red Snapper Alternative article. Regardless, the halibut was an excellent choice and I wouldn’t have wanted to cook it any other way!***

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George Hood Set the World’s Longest Plank Record in 1 Hour and 20 Minutes

Ok, so this is slightly old news, but it came before I started this blog and I feel that it is VERY blog-worthy. On Dec. 3, 2011 (2 days before his 54th birthday), George Hood set an abdominal plank record of 1 hour, 20 minutes, and 5.01 seconds. Yes, you read that right.

This guy is absolutely insane, absolutely inspiring, and absolutely my kind of guy! All of you who incorporate planks into your workouts know how hard 1 little minute of planking can be… No words can express this kind of endurance and strength of mind:


Watch this before you work out for some guaranteed motivation. We all can do ANYTHING we set our minds to!

George Hood is not new to setting records (i.e. jumping rope for over 13 hours straight) or doing other amazing things (i.e. he’s a former marine). Check out this article that illustrates what kind of athlete this guy is. I’m still in awe!

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You’ll Get There…Just Keep Going

As a trainer, I debated whether or not to post about this topic because it can be so easily construed the wrong way. But I’ve decided to write about it, because I love the truth in this article, plain and simple.

Adam Bornstein, the editorial director for (one of my favorite sites!) does a beautiful job writing about the dreadful topic “Are You Doomed to Be Fat?” Read it.

So, everyday I work with clients – some of their bodies respond immediately and they are able to lose 45+ pounds, develop defined six-packs, firm up their glutes, all in a matter of very little time. Then there are other clients, who work twice as hard as the ones in the first example, but see a very slow development of these results. Lucky for me (and them) I can continue tailoring their workouts so that their unique body WILL respond, and I also continue to encourage them to WORKOUT, EAT WELL, DRINK WATER, GET SLEEP, and BE HAPPY. Of course, there are also clients in between, at all ranges of the spectrum, whose bodies respond differently. I think Mr. Bornstein says it perfectly in his article:

Genetics are a great thing—if they work in your favor. And if not, your journey to lose weight can be frustrating and at times appear helpless.
So where does that leave you?
With a simple choice: Make excuses or work harder.
Yes, it sucks. Yes, it’s not that fair. And  yes, it just plain sucks. BUT, it’s no different then your friend who was born with that musical ear, the one born with the height for basketball playing, the one who doesn’t run on a regular basis but enters their first 5K and dominates his/her field. Genetics & life aren’t fair. Fair is a weather condition. But life and genetics are not awful either. Maybe you have the genetics to be overweight and you realize you need to work harder than everyone to look and feel like you want to, but I am POSITIVE that you have some other amazing attributes that others wish came more naturally to them. It’s ok to have to work harder in some areas of your life, and there are a lot of people like me who are committed to helping others be their best selves in the safest way possible. YOU CAN DO IT. You can. You just have to first believe you can, then you have to commit to doing whatever it takes to get there. And don’t stop until you reach that point.
Thank you Adam Bornstein for a very real, very inspirational article!
(image by Tofucubes)
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