Friday, July 23, 2010

Birthday Goodies and Eats (and IntenSati)…

Hello my loves!!!!! I hope you guys are having a fabulous Friday! I actually had to think about what day it was…I only had about 4.5 hours of sleep and I am running on empty.

My Birthday was fabulous! Filled with great Company, Eats, and Gifts!

I started my Birthday with some Yoga…it was a great way to start my day.

I then had a Brunch date with my dad; we went to a Dominican Restaurant.

I ordered Mangu (mashed plantains) with Onions and Fried Cheese


After Brunch, my dad and I went to the movies and saw Inception. It was a pretty good movie but a bit too long for this girl who has A.D.D. I like to watch movies at home because I can pause them etc. lol

After the movies, I came back home and got ready for part 2 of my birthday…Linner with my mom, sis, and homefries.

I decided that I wanted to go to P.F. Changs! I know some of you guys are against “chain” restaurants but honestly if the food is good, why not go there?

We started off with Chang’s Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps and Seared Ahi Tuna…my family decided to get meatless appetizers so that I could enjoy them too. Thanks!

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I of course had a Piña Colada!


Homefries had the children’s Chicken Lo Mein


My sister had the Mongolian Beef


My mom had the Honey Shrimp


I had the Orange Shrimp


And we all shared Shrimp Fried Rice


Everything tasted amazing!!!!!

After dinner we went to Cold Stone Creamery! I was overwhelmed by all the different choices but I decided to enjoy myself. Plus, I don’t know if you know this or not BUT Calories Don’t Count On Your BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Since it WAS my birthday I decided to get the Cake Batter Ice Cream and threw in some crushed Waffle Cones and Caramel


And you need Sprinkles!


AND Some Cherries on top!!!!


This was a party in my mouth! (that’s what she said haha)

Birthday Goodies!!!!!

I have been dropping hints EVERYWHERE that I wanted Turbo Fire for my birthday and thankfully my sister was listening!


BUT she went ABOVE AND BEYOND and got me the DELUXE EDITION!


The Deluxe package comes with 4 ADDITIONAL Workout DVD’s (15 in total), P90X Recovery Formula, Resistance Bands and all the goodies from the basic package. I can’t wait to start this program in August!!!!!!

I have a confession…even though I try to be green by not eating meat, using recyclable bags when I go shopping and by recycling etc…I have a small addiction; BOTTLED WATER! BUT it is time to kick the habit to the curb soooooo I asked for a water filter for my birthday =) and my mom got it for me!


And just when I thought things could not get ANY better, the UPS man arrived! My “sista from another motha” in the west coast, Mansana (known to you as One Healthy Apple) sent me a FABULOUS GIFT!


Can you say “PEANUTBUTTERGASM!” Thanks chica!!!!!!

AND I won a giveaway on Missy’s page too!!!!!


I won a Omron Pace and Distance Tracker! along with some other goodies….


IntenSati Challenge!

My workouts are going strong! I have made it 16 classes so far!!!! Last night Missy and I attended Natalia’s class and it was super hot and sweaty. I was already not feeling that well and I thought I was going to pass out but thankfully someone was looking over me because I got through it, in one piece!

After the class we went to Whole Foods in Union Square for din din. I got a Spicy Shrimp Roll with Avocado and Brown Rice.


We were both craving something sweet so we decided to go to TLC for dessert; unfortunately the one we walked to was closed down because of electrical problems. We decided to walk even further to another one on 23rd street, I told ya’ll we were craving something sweet lol. Finally after another 10 blocks I was able to enjoy a small Piña Colada Soft Serve

DSCN8937 Definitely worth the walk!

But we decided to keep walking to 42nd street! We ended up walking about 1.55 miles which was great because we got to people watch. We even passed a dance studio and stopped to watch them shake their groove thang! lol

I was pretty wired last night and didn’t knock out until midnight which sucked because I had to wake up at 4:30 for some more IntenSati! Today Natalia had HCB on the calendar! which stands for HIGH CALORIE BURN! I’m sorry but isn't that what we HAVE been doing?!?! hmmm not so much! Natalia kicked our ASSES today but it felt great. I know I keep saying this but that  woman is so inspiring and so freaking nice too! Missy and I stayed a little longer to do some upper body strength training and also to pick at Natalia’s brain a little lol. FYI Missy and I are hanging out WAY too much! To the point that we accidently matched this morning lol.

After my workout, I came and refueled with a Green Monster (I have been having these quite a lot!). This one consisted of Spinach, 2 scoops of the P90X Powder, Coffee, FF Milk, and Splenda.


Okay it is time for a nap! I need my energy for tonight’s din din at 5 burros!



  1. Looks like you had a great (and delicious!) birthday! I love PF Changs too- lots of menu options and I've never had a bad dish yet!

    Oh, Coldstone Cake Batter. Love that stuff, but have to keep it down to a once-a-year thing, haha. For my birthday next year, I'm totally getting their ice cream cake made with Cake Batter ice cream. I LOVE CAKE!

    And enjoy that Peanut Butter Co. PB- I almost bought some yesterday, but it's still one of those things I have a hard time keeping in the house; White Chocolate Dream + Me + a spoon = Danger, haha.

  2. You are great, Mari!
    Don't sell yourself short by stayin' in the back; you have the WILL and PASSION, and your blog is PROOF!
    Don;t wory about the moves themselves, that'll got the DESIRE and that can't be taught!

    Mmm, mangu! I haven't had that in a million years!

    I am snobby about chains as well BUT I really appreciate PF CHANGS because they have the gluten-free menu, and that makes it so much easier to relax and enjoy a meal!

    Have a fantastic birthday, you have more than earned it!

    I want one of those Brita filters too! The Brita pitchers are a pain in the neck!

  3. So glad you have a good bday!! I LOVE COLDSTONE CAKE BATTER! prob my fav ice cream ever. AND pf changs- prob fav. restaurant ever! haha love it!

  4. Okay we must go to P.F. Changs! That seared tuna looks amazing! And that weren't kidding! Intensati wooh wooh! I would take it every day if my body allowed it haha! Oh and if I belonged there!! See ya later! Can't wait for some guac and drinkies!

  5. When I go to PF Changs, I always get that seared tuna for my meal and eat the whole thing- mercury poisoning, here I come!!!!

    I'm so glad you are enjoying your PB! I am sure you will also love all your other gifts!

    Have a great dinner out tonight girl!

  6. Turbo Fire, a water filter, AND PB! OMG great gifts!! Happy Birthday lady, you deserve all the best. And...lots of ice cream too!

  7. welcome to facebook!!! and i don't like cliff hangers on your blogs! they make me click or wait for updates all day!! then the nxt day since u don't post every day aymore.. hmmmph. I hope you enjoy the beachbody work outs.. UGHHH.. they are miserable for me :-(.. and have a wonderful din with your friends!!! see you soon!

  8. Peanutbuttergasm...LMAO! Happy BIRTHDAY...a little late! I know I wished you happy birthday a little early, too. But missed the day...sowwie :( Your DVD set sounds AWESOME! You are a DVD warrior, and I love it! I wish I were more committed to exercise in the home!

    PF Chang's lettuce wraps are, hands down, the best I've ever had. I LOVE that place! And Cold Stone!? Hello! Can't go wrong!

    Sounds like you had an awesome day!


    psh of course calories don't count! haha love me some orange shrimp too!! I just love all chinese flavor. Coldstone makes the BEST cake batter ice cream. ever. great choice!

  10. ahh let me know when you start turbo fire! i LOVE IT!!! i am addicted!! be sure to watch the "new to class" option or you will be totally lost at first haha, she introduces the moves so it flows much better, I tried to do it without watching that part and it was hilarious! just trust me on this!! let me know how the results and recovery formula is! i want to get it so bad!!

    sounds like a perfect birthday! who cares what others think of chain restaurants! if you like it, then go for it girl!!

  11. ahh let me know when you start turbo fire! i LOVE IT!!! i am addicted!! be sure to watch the "new to class" option or you will be totally lost at first haha, she introduces the moves so it flows much better, I tried to do it without watching that part and it was hilarious! just trust me on this!! let me know how the results and recovery formula is! i want to get it so bad!!

    sounds like a perfect birthday! who cares what others think of chain restaurants! if you like it, then go for it girl!!

  12. I couldn't agree more with you about going to movies, vs. watching them at home. I need to pause the move at least 3 times, and I like to be in my comfy clothes.

    I'm glad you had a great birthday. I also agree with you about chain restaurants. If they have good food, and it's reliable, why not eat it?! The food looks amazing.

    And, it's true, calories do NOT count on your birthday. There is scientific data to prove it.

  13. Your birthday sounds awesome chica! just what I would have hoped for...however it wasn't complete given that it was lacking one of my cupcakes. Don't worry. We'll fix that.

    I hope dinner tonight was excellent! I didn't end up getting out of lab till 7:30. Oy. My life.

    Love that mashed plantain breakfast and PF Changs is always an awesome choice!

  14. LOVED reading all about your bday! Awesome gifts, and of course eats! I TOTALLY agree that cals don't count on your birthday! ...or holidays...or vacations...or umm Saturdays..haha!

    Jealous of turbofire! Want to try it but don't wanna spend the dough! Can't wait to hear about it.

  15. Happy Birthday!

    Can't wait to read your thoughts on Turbo Fire.

  16. omg you madeout like a bandit. i love all your pressies!
    i havent been to coldstonein YEARS. i always get the sinless sweet cream with peanut butter, banana and a crusted oreo.

  17. Happy Birthday, I know I'm late on that one. Looks like you had a fab one and got some kick ass gifts. Can't wait to hear about Turbo Fire.

  18. Wow, what wonderful birthday loot!! Glad you had such a great birthday.

    And you are correct, calories never count on your birthday - or the week or your birthday, oh, wait, I mean the MONTH of your birthday!

  19. Looks like you had a fantastic birthday!! And, for the record, I LOVE PF Changs!


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