60 – Day Workout Challenge – 2nd Week Exercise Log


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Last week, I had a great start to my 60-day workout challenge. This week, I am starting out slow, I broke in a new pair of shoes last week and after Sundays hike I had a large blister on my heel. So I want to give it a chance to heal and then I will resume my walking.


DAY 8 – Rest

DAY 9 –   Squat challenge, start standing abs video (link here)

DAY 10 – Squat challenge, standing abs video

DAY 11 – Squat challenge, standing abs video

DAY 12 – Walk/Hike 6 miles

DAY 13 – Squat challenge, standing abs video

DAY 14 – Hike/Walk 6 miles, squat challenge

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60-Day Workout Challenge – 1st Week Exercise Log


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DAY 1 – Walk 1 mile, start 30-day squat challenge (link here) – Completed

DAY 2 – Walk 1 mile, 20 minutes of weight training, continue squat challenge – Completed

DAY 3 – Walk/Hike 6 miles, continue squat challenge – Completed 🙂

DAY 4 – Walk 1 mile, 20 minutes of weight training – Completed

DAY 5 – Walk 1 mile, continue squat training – Completed

DAY 6 – Walk 1 mile, continue squat training – Completed

DAY 7 – Walk/Hike 6 miles, continue squat challenge – Completed

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60-Day Workout Challenge


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Welcome to my 60-day workout challenge. I have a vacation coming up and I would like to increase my stamina and strengthen before my trip. Of course, I would love to loss some weight but that is not the main goal. The main goal is to have plenty of energy because I love to keep active and see as much as possible when I am on vacation.

Recently, I have become a workout dropout. I used to do 7 to 8 cardio classes a week, walk 2 to 3 miles every day and weight train several times a week. Now I am down to a once a week hike and a couple yoga classes a week. Things need to change quickly, if I am to be as energetic as I would like on my trip!

Over the next 60-days, I plan on posting my workout schedule for the week every Monday. Sharing my workout plan will motive me to keep at it. In addition, I plan on keeping a food journal, one of the best ways to keep your eating in check (article here). Plus, drink plenty of water and eat more whole foods.

Maybe you have an event coming up or you would just like to feel and look better for the holidays. Join me, if you like and we can motive each other.

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Pretty Darn Good Steak Marinade


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Posted by Jennifer (the student) on September 20, 2013


On Pinterest, I have noticed lots of recipes for steak marinade and I thought I would give this recipe a try. We really enjoyed it; it gives us a break from our favorite Coffee Marinade (recipe here). What is your favorite marinade?

Adapted from Plain Chicken

Ingredients (enough for 4 steaks):

  • 1/cup low sodium tamari
  • 1/cup olive oil
  • 1/cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 and ½ lemons)
  • 1/cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1 ½ TBSP Herbes de Provence
  • 1 TBSP dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced


  1. Blend all ingredients in an electric blender for 30 to 60 seconds.
  2. Cover meat with mixture and let marinade for up to 8 hours.
  3. Cook meat as desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Blueberry-Banana Protein Muff-Cakes


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Posted by Jennifer (the student) on September 11, 2013


The strange name came about because I used to make this recipe as pancakes but often they stuck to the pan. In search of an easier way to make this recipe, I tried a muffin tin. We ended up liking them even more and found that they keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Anytime I can make a quick, easy and healthy meal that lasts for a couple of meals I am happy. 🙂

Ingredients (makes 6 to 9 muffins):

  • 3-large bananas
  • 3-large eggs
  • ½ to ¾ cup fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare muffin tin by lining with paper liners and lightly spraying with cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas (I use a potato masher but a fork will do).
  4. Add the eggs to the mashed bananas and combine.
  5. Ladle the mixture into the muffin tin and divide equally.
  6. Add several blueberries to each muffin (I used a toothpick to push the blueberries into the mixture)
  7. Place in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, the muffin should be cooked through but not to hard.
  8. Remove from oven and top with what ever you like (usually I use a berry syrup and a few fresh berries on top)
  9. Enjoy!

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Tomato Cucumber Balsamic Salad


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Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on August 14, 2013

cucumber salad

I threw this salad together today because it was hot today and thought I’d share it with you!


  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (I used golden cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced and quartered cucumbers
  • 2 TB crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 TB balsamic vinegar
  • 2 TB fresh cilantro

Just combine all ingredients and enjoy!

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Best Potluck Salad Dressing


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guaca salad guacasalsa

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 31, 2013

For some reason, this item gets more requests than any other potluck item I bring.  The salad dressing is SO simple.  I just use 50% Ranch dressing with 50% of the Guaca Salsa (a tomatillo based salsa) seen above.  It has been tested out by tons of partygoers with the following ingredients that have been narrowed down to work the best with the dressing:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Baby Spinach
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped green onions
  • chopped bell pepper
  • fresh corn
  • tomatoes
  • shredded chicken
  • frozen, thawed peas
  • thick, fresh tortilla chips, crushed (from a restaurant or bakery) or make them yourself

Just combine all the ingredients with the salad dressing and enjoy!

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Summer Veggies


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Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 26, 2013

summer veg

It’s always great to feast on produce that is in season.  It is summer and ’tis the season for zucchini, bell peppers, and fresh corn.  This is one of my favorites, from  Bizarra Capital in Uptown Whittier.  So yummy!  For you locals, it is the same owners as Cook’s Tortas in Monterey Park and Guisados Tacos in East LA (where this comes in taco form also!)  🙂   They are all great spots.  Unfortunately, they don’t have websites.

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WIAW #60


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Posted by Jennifer (the student) on July 23,2013

Hello Everyone. I am sharing my meals from last Saturday, I was lucky to attend a really fun party. Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW.

This is what I ate:

Breakfast (7:00am)

I started the day with coffee and my Blueberry-Banana Protein Muf-Cakes (a cross bewteen a pancake and muffin). 🙂 ( recipe here)



Lunch (11:00am)

I picked up a Green Goddess Smoothie from Mother’s Market.


Party (1:00pm)

Jennifer (the RD)  hosted a lovely birthday party for Judy. The party featured tons of wonderful food and Judy received a makeover. It was a fun, relaxing afternoon!


Our hostess Jennifer (the RD) and Kasper


Some of the yummy food Jennifer had for us


Judy (the birthday girl), Denise (Jennifer’s sister) & Veronica (the make-up artist)



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Judy before her makeover


Veronica working her magic on Judy


Judy getting her hair styled while Denise finds music 

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Judy after her makeover


Birthday Cake


A happy birthday girl 

PM Snacks (6:30pm)

I am loving Starbucks new Peach Green Tea Lemonade.



Thank you for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals!

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Honeydew Nectarine?


Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on July 22, 2013

honeydew nectarine

My friend gave me this really good piece of fruit.  To me, it taste like a nectarine, but sweeter. I really love it.  She said she has it on a tree in her background, but doesn’t know what kind of fruit is.  I tried to look it up on the internet.  I think it might be a honeydew nectarine.  Not a  cross breed of a nectarine/honeydew, but actually a breed of several types of nectarines.  Can anyone identify it?

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