Cinco de Mayo – The Healthy Way

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Anyone who knows me knows just how much I LOVE Mexican food…and margaritas! Many people believe that when you are trying to lose weight or keep your diet in check you can’t enjoy that stuff…but you can!!

I always preach that it’s better to satisfy a craving and be done rather than deprive yourself…and ultimately binge later. The basics are to avoid the heavy sauces, sour cream, overloading on cheese, and fried menu items. Order guacamole, if possible, as it’s a very healthy addition to your meal. Here are some more tips for dining out tonight:

  • Order fajitas! They contain lots of meat and veggies – you can’t go wrong! Where things tend to go haywire is with the rice, beans, and everything else. Order steak, fish, or chicken and make sure to ask for corn tortillas. Most places have that option nowadays with so many suffering from gluten allergies. The corn tortillas are always smaller and therefore will be somewhat better. Now, the other things. DO not eat the refried beans. If you really want beans, ask for black instead. And as far as the rice… a spoon of it and be done. Trust me when I tell you, on Cinco de Mayo the rice is almost always the worst part of the meal….anywhere you go. Add the pico in and leave out the sour cream…there are better ways to spend those calories.
  • Chips. This gets it’s own category. I know how delicious it is…and after waiting who knows how long for a table tonight you will be hungry. Have a few (and I mean a few) and be done. If you know you won’t be able to only eat a couple of chips, tell the waiter you don’t want them on the table. That way, the temptation isn’t even there!
  • Burritos – This is an easy one guys. Make it a bowl. If you can sub out the regular “mexican” rice for brown…do that. Be smart about the type of burrito you choose, and if possible, create your own. It will contain everything you want and be guilt-free.
  • Tacos – This is another great option. If you don’t want to leave smelling like a restaurant (as fajitas tend to do) go with this. Ask for the corn tortillas and you’re good to go. Remember – no refried beans on the side!
  • Taco salad – Don’t….just don’t. This always comes in an enormous FRIED shell. They load it with lettuce but they also put tons of cheese and other nonsense that you shouldn’t bother with.for all the calories in this, you may as well have something good.
  • MARGARITAS!!!! I get asked this question by clients and friends all the time – Can we still have a drink when we go out?? The answer is yes. After all, who goes out on Cinco de Mayo and doesn’t?! It’s about moderation. If you like how regular margaritas taste and prefer it not to be so strong, order it as is and only have one. Better yet? Order the skinny margarita. It has half the calories and will usually be stronger. I don’t like mine sweet so I tell them to leave out the agave and replace it with seltzer. That option is even better since seltzer has no calories at all…so the margarita will be even less.

If you prefer a more subdued evening, there are many delicious and easy to make options for you at home. I’ve done Cinco at home and it’s definitely the easiest & healthiest way to go. The atmosphere isn’t the same but you can make it to your own taste and make it macro friendly. You can make tacos or your own burrito bowls from the comfort of your own kitchen and by using your own ingredients, you can tailor it to your diet specifications. You can even make a margarita at home! If you don’t want to crack open a ready-made (and quite delicious) SkinnyGirl margarita, you can make it by adding tequila, triple sec, seltzer, and a splash of lime juice. Boom.

Whatever you choose to do tonight, make sure you enjoy it. There is nothing worse than having amazing food and a great time with friends and loved ones…only to have it squashed by the food noise & all the guilt that accompanies it. Allow yourself a night out & try to make smart choices. And you know what…if you slip up tonight and have one too many drinks or decide to get something more fattening to eat…SO WHAT?! It’s one meal and one night! Get back on your grind tomorrow morning and continue through the weekend. Life is so much more than rock hard abs every single day – learn to love this new healthier lifestyle and trust me….it will be easy to stick to.

Stay strong & stay in the fight!

IG: @FinallyFit23


6-Week Summertime Shred

HERE WE GO!!! Every year I create a challenge for myself…and this year is no exception. Join me as I get summertime fine with this 6-week shred!

The original plan for this 6-week shred was to happen a bit closer to summer. However, with an upcoming trip to Florida fast approaching I figure there is no time like the present. Besides, better to get into good habits now rather than wait until its beach time anyway. Everyday I will document my meals, using MyFitnessPal as well as all workouts.

The workout plan that I will be using for this round is taken from and is based upon the 30-Days to a Fitness Model Body plan that Kelsey Byers created. I will be adapting the workouts to last an additional two weeks…and to not further injure this bum shoulder.

The workouts alternate between specific muscle groups each day, varying the weight and reps with each week. It also incorporates a lot of cardio. Now, as I posted on my Instagram account (@FinallyFit23) not so long ago, I will be aiming to run a race before the year ends. In order to keep with that mission as well as this training plan, I will be doing fasted cardio 5 days of the week, barring the two days when I have to be at work for 6 a.m. On those two days, I will incorporate a different type of cardio routine into my daily plan. No matter what, there will be two-a-days happening from here on out.

As far as diet goes, I will be making it a lot more strict but no where near what it was the last time I did this. No fish for breakfast for this girl! I have been practicing flexible dieting a lot and I believe that there is a way to be just as shredded without making yourself gag first thing in the morning. Personally, I like to have certain things at certain times of the day. Call me crazy but chicken or fish first thing in the morning just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe it’s because I spent most of my life NOT eating breakfast…but even though our body has no idea what time of day it actually is…I know. And it’s something I can’t bring myself to do. To each is own. I will be having my normal meals, at their normal times, but I will be limiting my dairy considerably as well as my sugar – God help us all.

Jokes aside, I am very excited to be embarking on a new challenge. I invite you all to join me on the quest to become summertime fine! I am offering free meal plans and workouts to anyone who wants to participate. Shoot me an email at the address below for more details. Let’s make the summer of 2016 the sexiest summer yet!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!



2 Years & Still Going Strong!!


You guys…this week marked my 2 year blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been so long – where the hell has time gone?!? First and foremost, I want to take the time to thank everyone who has supported me and read any of my posts. This really has been the little engine that could but I am truly grateful for you all. My goal with this blog has always been to share my journey in the hopes of inspiring or motivating someone else who may be struggling on their own journey. Hopefully, I have achieved that goal and some of you see that if I can do it, so can you! I truly appreciate all of you sticking with me…and I promise you even bigger and better things in 2016!

With that out of the way, I want to get into some of the updates and plans that I have in mind for this year. For starters, I am very proud to announce that I have FINALLY become a certified personal trainer! After years of being miserable in Corporate America, it feels amazing to be able to pursue such a life changing profession…and I can’t wait to get started!

In addition to getting a job as a personal trainer, my plan is to finally move out of the Bronx…once & for all. If everything goes according to plan, within the next couple of months I will be calling Long Island home. Good bye city life! (cue Green Acres theme song)

As far as fitness goes, one of my biggest ideas/plans for this year is to create a free, outdoor boot camp. I want to share my knowledge and experience with you all…and the best way to do that is to practice what I preach. Ideally, this will happen in the spring…so as the warm weather approaches, more details will follow.

Another thing in the works involves an amazing supplement company, 1st Phorm. They have an incredible weight loss transphormation challenge going on now. In addition to that, I have been working on my own weight loss challenge that will, in a way, piggyback off of it. I’m very excited to share that with you all – so stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks!!

As far as this blog goes, my overall plan is to post much more often and perhaps switch this whole thing up a bit. I post pretty regularly on Instagram (@FinallyFit23) but the plan is to add a lot more workouts and recipes on here…while still giving my same motivational posts.

There are so many exciting things to come this year and it’s only just begun! Thanks for sticking with me over the last two years – I promise that the best is yet to come!

Stay strong & stay in the fight!


Taking Time to Reflect


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Like many others, I am taking time to reflect today. Though it’s been a rough year (perhaps one of the worst of my adult life), I have many things to be thankful for.

For starters, I’ve spent many years floundering and being truly unhappy with my job. The career that I planned on didn’t pan out and I was left to take any job that I could get. Which never worked well…or lasted long. I struggled a lot this year to find stable work. When I finally did, it wasn’t enough money and I ended up working two jobs…for 70 hours a week. My body shut down and so did I…mentally. I finally had enough. So once I had enough money saved, I quit one of the jobs and immediately began pursuing my passion. I am so incredibly thankful that I was able to finally take control! And I can proudly say that the new year will begin with a new career – Good bye Corporate America, hello fitness industry!!

Secondly, with all of the stress and overexertion this year, my health began to deteriorate. However, despite how bad I feel some days…I know it could be much worse. I am thankful that I am able to do as much as I do and that I’ve been able to accomplish so much in this journey thus far.

I am also thankful for the amazing friends and boyfriend that I’ve had to get me through one of the worst years of my adult life. Without their support, it scares me to think where I’d be…and I feel truly blessed that they are all part of my life.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I am truly thankful for my family. This has been a very challenging year but we made it. As it’s been said, “We may not have it all but we have each other.” And after a very scary year, I am beyond grateful this holiday season for just that ❤

I know some say we should reflect everyday…not just once a year. However, when you are in the midst of chaos and stress, it’s hard to see that light. This has been one horrible year for me but I am thankful for the struggles. Without them, I wouldn’t have found my strength.

Enjoy your holiday everyone 💕


IG/Twitter: @FinallyFit23

Living with Invisible Illness


My life and my journey has taken a very different turn over these last few months. Some issues in my professional life as well as some family health concerns have led me here. Back to a place I never thought I would be again.

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, is miserable. There is no way to sugarcoat it…no magic words…it just sucks. Everyday is a new adventure in how bad your body feels or how exhausted you are…when on outside you look perfectly fine. People don’t understand…and it turns into the explain game. This can be very isolating..and very depressing. For me, coping with the CFS combined with my PCOS as well as IBS and other undiagnosed stomach issues has really done a number on me. I have had many more bad days than good since the summer but here I stand – ready to fight back.

I’ve lived with this illness for about 10 years. I never had mono or any other condition that would give me this. I have had periods of very high stress. Which is exactly what this summer brought me…and has continued to bring me up until now. I went from losing my job and caring for parents who are not well (and who live an hour away) to taking on two jobs and working 12+ hour days during the week as well as weekends…plus caring for my parents whenever possible. My body shut down. It literally gave me a big middle finger and said no more.

Perhaps I was kidding myself or I just didn’t want to admit it…but this relapse actually began over the summer. I was so tired that I couldn’t function…and no amount of sleep seemed to make that better. I know that CFS never really goes away but I truly believed that mine was cured. Silly, I know, but like it or not it’s back…and now it’s time to figure out how to cope with it in my daily life.

The first step has been to take control of my professional life. It’s not healthy to work almost 70 hours per week. It also isn’t realistic to think anyone could sustain that. So, after struggling for months with a very compromising work schedule, I’ve decided to take a leap of faith to embark upon a career that I set out for almost two years ago. I have begun the process of getting my personal trainer certification! I left one of the more demanding jobs so that I could throw myself full-throttle into this new career venture and, for once, be happy with my job. I am hoping that this lends itself to my feeling better and getting back on track.

Another issue that’s been plaguing me is that I have not been to the gym in a very long time. Very long meaning a few months. This has me extremely concerned. My metabolism is VERY slow and with the lack of exercise lately, I am worried that this will set me back BIG time. While I haven’t weighed myself, I know I have gained a little weight. I can see a difference in how my clothes fit…and I don’t like it. So, I started doing some research. I want to push myself but I don’t want to make a bad situation worse. Turns out there are many workouts that can be done from home that won’t aggravate my symptoms and will still get results! With that, I’ve developed an at-home regimen to help ease my mind and get my body moving. This has included resistance bands and certain bodyweight exercises for strength training and doing run/walks for cardio. It’s not much…but it’s a start.

One step at a time…one day at a time…just keep going! That’s been my mantra and it’s what I hope for anyone that reads this who may be struggling right now. No matter what…I never give up. It can be extremely hard to maintain a positive mindset but I have surrounded myself with some pretty amazing people who help keep me in check. As big of an obstacle and setback as this has been, I know that I’ve seen the light from this tunnel before and I will see it again one day. Push yourself through the darkness and light will come.

Stay strong & stay in the fight 💕


Twitter/IG: @finallyfit23