Question 4 A Celebrity Trainer Challenge

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 12, 2009

I am really glad you enjoyed the video tutorial on how to get beachy hair! :) It’s funny because for years I always wondered how the celebs got those kinds of waves and I could never replicate it by using the traditional ‘clamp’ method with the iron. Who knew it was simply by wrapping the hair around the barrel!? :)


Lunch was a fun change today!

I have been meaning to buy brussel sprouts for ages now and kept forgetting! Last week I finally remembered when Eric asked me if I needed any frozen veggies. :) What a guy, eh?


Of course I got President’s Choice brand for the great value!


In just 1/2 of a cup there is just 40 calories, 50% of your daily Vitamin C needs (WOW who knew?!?!), 3 grams of fibre, and 3 grams of protein. Of course, 1/2 cup wasn’t enough green power for me so I had just over a cup’s worth! :) I guess that means I got 100% of my vitamin C at lunch today. Pretty cool :)


I got these High Protein Pitas by Healthy Gourmet that I used to live off of in graduate school:


I don’t know what happened since I last bought them but they shrunk!!!!!!


They used to be much bigger than this! Don’t you hate when products change on you?

The nutritional profile is pretty darn good though, I will admit:


Just 140 calories, 10 grams of Protein and 10 grams Fibre!

I wanted a one pan meal, and I sure got it. :)

With a PC Soy dog and 4 cups of uncooked organic baby spinach:


With tomato paste, balsamic dressing, spinach, chopped soy dog:


It was like a healthy hot dog! :)

On the B-sprouts, I drizzled balsamic vinaigrette (Flavour) and sesame seeds (for healthy fats!):


Lunch was pretty rushed today because I had another appointment to get to.  IMG_1059    

I threw in my raw granola bar into my bag (from the freezer) and ate it while driving. These bars are SO good!!!

There has been so much love for my raw choc chip cookies but no love for the granola bars! Has anyone made these bars yet? Let me know! :) Maybe it’s because I told you they crumble? lol. Well, my new trick is to eat them straight from the freezer!!!

They don’t get really hard in the freezer, just ‘firm’ and they are PERFECT. Cool and refreshing. They warm up very fast too. I am still going to play with the recipe a bit to see if I can get them not to crumble. I am going to try grinding the flax next time and reducing the honey or oil a bit. :)

Eric claimed, ‘These are the best granola bars I have EVER eaten!!!’

I would have to agree :)



My workout today was all over the map!

My legs were feeling really tired and I couldn’t figure out why. Then it dawned on me that I have done 5 workouts in a row walking at incline 15%!!! No wonder- my legs were tired from all those hills.

I think I was feeling a bit tired today because I didn’t sleep well last night (I think I got 6 hours?). I was feeling stressed about the bakery and my mind was racing! Hopefully tonight I sleep better. :)

Here is what I did. I like to call it ‘Around the World in 40 minutes’ :)

1) Walking fast up and down the stairs with a 22 pound weight bar (3-4 mins)


2) Lunges on a step with weight bar (1 long set on each leg, approx. 20 reps)


3) Treadmill hill walking (Speed 3.9-4.2 mph, incline 15%)


4) Outdoor stair running


5) More treadmill work

6) More stairs

5) 2 side planks with leg raise, plus one normal plank

7) Treadmill (Speed 3.5, incline decreasing from 15%)


  • Duration: 42 mins
  • Max heart rate: 165 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 136 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 302 kcals

Some interesting things I noted:

  • My heart rate while fast walking the indoor staircase with weight bar (140 bpm)
  • My heart rate while walking at 4.0 mph and incline 15% (150-160 bpm)
  • Heart rate while running outdoor stairs (135 bpm)
  • Heart rate while running on flat to small incline (130 bpm)

By far the hardest and most challenging workout for my body is fast hill walking!

fun As I mentioned last week, I am interviewing a trainer/nutritionist that works with A list celebrities! Now, I have to come up with some good interview questions!

My question to you all today is: If you could ask one question to a celebrity trainer what would it be? I will try to fit as many of your questions in as I can!!! :) I am SO pumped for this interview!

Have a GREAT healthy day!


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brandi May 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm

great workout! i’ll have to see if i have everything to make those granola bars.


Amy May 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I want to know what strength routine I should be doing (and how many times a week) to get the great toned arms and legs of a celeb :)


Amanda May 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I would be interested in the amount of time that the celebs devote to workout out, and what the trainer suggests that they eat!


Sara May 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I’d like to know how they recommend going about finding a good personal trainer.


Leah @ simply Fabulous May 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hehe was eric home to take your pics for you today? Too cute :)
I’d love to know how often one should strength train if they are doing 5-6 cardio work outs a week and if doing work outs such as the 30 day shred is ok or if we should be allowing more rest time for our bodies between work outs?


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

My question would be how they end up working with that clientele? Like, they don’t start out as a personal trainer for celebrities, right?


Fitzalan May 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm

What I would want to know from a celebrity trainer is how to switch up strength training. Do they recommend increasing pounds/sets or once you reach a level of comfort, should you revamp your workout all together?

Happiness Awaits


Jenna May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I love brussel sprouts! :)

random: your house looks so beautiful…I just love that stair case!!


Michelle May 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Hi! I have been reading for a few weeks – I really like your blog – and I just wanted to leave a friendly suggestion… I think it looks like you did the indoor stair workout with the bar in your socks on that hardwood staircase! Yikes – be careful and maybe use shoes or socks with rubber grip on the bottom. :)


amy (veganissexy) May 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Wow, what a creative at home workout! I forget all the different ways you can get moving at home. I have a long flight of stairs to my upper level…..I’ll have to try your hill climb when I don’t want to get out of my jammies to go to the gym :) I LOVE brussells too….my favorite way is stir fried with a bit of fresh basil and earth balance “butter.” To die for :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Hi Michelle- Yes I did wear sneakers (these pics were taken AFTER my workout) when I had already taken them off :)


Shelby May 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I’m making those granola bars now…you’ve tempted me enough.

What size barrel do you use for the curls? I tried it this morning and the curls fell out almost immediately =( I bet it’s just my hair though. My hair can only hold a curl if I sleep in soft rollers.


Diana May 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Hey! Just wanted to pop by and say my glo bars are STILL FRESH! I just ate one today!


Amy May 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Maybe you should try brown rice syrup instead of honey in the granola bars. Heidi Swanson has a granola bar recipe in her cookbook “Super natural cooking” and it calls for brown rice syrup. I didn’t have any and I used 1/2 honey, 1/2 maple syrup and my granola bars were crumbly too. I wonder if brown rice syrup “sets up” better? I don’t know if it will work, but it is worth giving it a try.
P.S. good luck finding the syrup, it can be difficult.


Audrey May 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Hey Angela!! I made your granola bars a few days back and I love them!!! They’re a perfect snack even if their a little bit crumbly! I’ll definitely be making them again!


Jen May 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Mmmm, brussels sprouts! I haven’t had those in ages (hubby refuses to eat them so I rarely buy them) – must remember to put those on the grocery list soon. Those pitas are awesome, too; when we shop at Fortinos I always get some since they’re the only local store that carries them.


april May 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I would like to know how the nutritionist/trainer determines how the celebrity should be eating- calories, how many meals a day, a certain amount of protein, etc.


Help Meghan Run May 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I love how you incorporate veggies into your lunches. I had gotten in the habit of just eating them at dinner, but I am now getting ideas from you on how to eat them in the middle of the day, as well (plus breakfast! Love those green monsters!).

As for questions, I want to know what their tips are on how to look your very best on a single day. Obviously celebrities need to be in good shape all the time, but what do the trainers suggest for the day of (and the days preceding) a premiere or something? Foods to eat, foods to avoid, etc. Can’t wait to see who it is!

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Kayzilla May 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

OMG! Angela! Is that a KERF shirt I see you wearing? lol. That’s so awesome!!

If I had the ingrediants, I would make your granola bars AND your raw cookies. Alas, I have neither. :( One of these days, I swear!

Hmmmm..I would ask the celebrity trainer about what they do for their client when their client’s ‘slip-up’ on their diet/fitness regimine.. and if any celebrities out their slip-up as much as the average person. lol I’m curious about it! You don’t really hear about a celebrity that binged on a new batch of cookies they just made recently, or the celebrity that skipped a workout because they “didn’t feel like it”.


La Petite Actrice May 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I LOVE brussel sprouts – poor things, they’ve got such a bad reputation!


Run Sarah May 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

What an awesome lunch! I love soy dogs, so yummy and protein packed!


Heather May 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I love how creative you are with your meals and workouts! This post totally proves it. You are such an inspiration for me to branch out from my normal routines in eating and exercise. You’re definitely in the right profession with baking/health/etc!


Sarah May 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Hey Angela,

I haven’t made your bars or cookie dough yet, but I’m definitely going to make the cookis dough soon. I’ve been too busy at work to do any baking at all.

Question about the bakery- will you have to get another oven or fridge at your house? I never thought about it til yesterday, but making bakery orders in a regular kitchen must be difficult in terms of quantities?


Annie-Rose May 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Hey there! I found your blog a few weeks ago, and have been following it since! Highly entertaining, motivational, and fun :)

I’d be interested to know how important it is to have a pre-workout snack (especially in the morning). And does it depend on what type of workout you’re doing (cardio, weight training, yoga, etc.)?


ttfn300 May 12, 2009 at 8:11 pm

the pita’s actually have 10g fiber and protein! (you doubled the cal but not those two stats) not shabby at all! i hate how product sizes, and containers change w/o any warning. I think cereal boxes have also shrunk :) need to try your raw bars!!!


RuntoFinish May 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm

oh boy just one question… why do I gain weight during marathon training?!


Allison May 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I’ve got two questions for a trainer:
1) Because of my still-recovering knee, I can’t do a lot of deep lunges or squats, so what are some good all-over lower body exercises?
2) How often should you switch up your workout routine (I have two basic strength-training routines at the gym and I alternate between them every 6 weeks or so, but I’m not sure how effective this is).


Christina May 12, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Sounds like you had a tough workout. I love those weight bars, totally forgot about them since I haven’t been to a gym in a month!

For your interview, I’d like to know how often he/she recommends you should change up your strength training routine to see better results.


Hangry Pants May 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm

I think I missed your interview announcement – congrats. I would like to know how honest/accurate the diet/exercise plans printed in tabloid magazines are. And if he/she could personally only do one exercise for the rest of his/her life, what would it be?


bobbi May 13, 2009 at 12:29 am

How do you stay in shape and eat healthy while being so busy!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 13, 2009 at 1:35 am

“I love how creative you are with your meals and workouts! This post totally proves it. You are such an inspiration for me to branch out from my normal routines in eating and exercise. You’re definitely in the right profession with baking/health/etc!”

I couldn’t agree more with Heather!


Kath May 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I’m a little late posting, but love that shirt!!


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