How to Make a Smoothie in a Hotel Room | #PSPfit


One of the most delicious green smoothies you will ever have is a Kale-a-Colada created by our #PSPfit Nutrition coach, Abra Pappa. Today, you’re in luck because we’re sending you the recipe for this amazing treat.

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Photo via Abra Pappa’s Nutritious America

Traveling with healthy food is getting easier and easier. Green smoothies are a must, so a few weeks ago when I flew to California in the middle of #PSPfit bootcamp I packed my Nutribullet to stay on track. I had NEVER even considered doing that before, but sometimes you have to be willing to go the extra mile when it comes to your health. Everything I needed to make my smoothies was airport/TSA friendly so it was easy to wake up each morning in my hotel room 100% prepared for a healthy breakfast.

Related: 5 Healthy Snacks to Bring on the Plane

I made a basic green smoothie in my hotel room and skipped the waffles and muffins they served each morning. But I have an amazing green smoothie recipe for you down below!

To make a basic smoothie in a hotel room you need:

  • Nutribullet (plane friendly)
  • Fruit Slices (plane friendly)
  • Chopped Greens (plane friendly)
  • Ice (hotel provided)
  • Water (hotel provided)

Here’s me making a green smoothie in the hotel room. Yup, I’m rocking my granny nightgown, a sweater and no makeup #Iwokeuplikethis:

How do you make healthy choices while traveling?


My “Perfect Person” Doesn’t Exist — & Neither Does Yours


My friend Oscar Limon, a playwright who’s navigating the NYC gay dating scene, shared a story with me about his recent (disastrous) Grindr date: After Oscar walked up to his date and introduced himself, the guy said, “Um, yeah — this isn’t going to happen.” The dude then made his point by abruptly getting up and walking away.

I sympathize with my friend; after all, who hasn’t been on a really bad date — or, in this case, been rejected before the date even started? Most of us have some version or other of this crappy rejection story. We meet people, and often quickly dismiss them without giving them a fair chance. Our attention spans are short, and, in dating especially, we sometimes move on too quickly. I don’t think there’s always something wrong with a quick assessment. There are times when we just know someone isn’t right for us — and it’s better not to waste time pretending it might work.

What I’m taking issue with is some of the criteria we use to decide whether a person is worth our time. Physical attraction is important; most of us can agree on that. And yet, I think it’s also important to try and see beauty beyond what we’re made to believe is beautiful. We can’t all look like Kate Upton or Beyoncé, but that doesn’t mean we’re not beautiful in our own right. Think about it: Have you ever fallen for a friend whom you weren’t initially attracted to, but, once you fell, were wildly, inexplicably crazy about — looks and all? That’s happened to me a few times, and I’m better for it. But, I know it won’t happen if we all instantly swipe left and only pay attention to our quick reactions to a stranger’s appearance.

It’s not just the quick appearance assessment (and subsequent judging) that’s problematic, though. Another big issue is our insatiable desire to see who else is out there. We’re so curious about what we might be missing out on that we often overlook what’s right in front of us.

When I first moved to NYC, every guy I made eye contact with in the subway held the potential for a love affair — fleeting or otherwise. Flirting was fun, and I was comfortable giving my phone number out when a man shared my interest. But, even though I had the intention of being open and accepting to the range of NYC men who crossed my path, what I ended up doing was making rash decisions based on some nonsense or other. If a guy had a uni-brow or a weird-sounding voice, I wrote him off. Someone better would come along, right? This dismissal was easy, because I always had my eyes open and was ready to make another move. I thought it was exciting to have multiple dates in one weekend. But, I didn’t realize that I wasn’t giving myself time to experience one guy before I was texting and making plans with the next one.

When I finally met someone to whom I felt deeply connected, I learned to my chagrin that he wasn’t ready to commit. He kept me at arm’s length while he stayed busy vetting available women, waiting to see if anyone better was out there. It stung. I had looked around enough to know that what I had with this guy was special. He also knew it — but he wasn’t quite ready to give up the “what if.” And, I realized the detrimental effect that too much curiosity can have.

And yet, in spite of this realization, as my dating life progressed, I found myself once again behaving badly in my online dating approach: If I was going to date online, I was going to find the perfect guy — one who fit all my must-haves. I refined my searches to the exact height, age, education, religion, and location of the partner I wanted. He also couldn’t have kids or be divorced. Once all of my criteria was in place, I hit “search” and waited. And, waited. My standards were so specific that no one fit the bill.

Of course, my Perfect Person doesn’t exist. No one’s does. If I kept holding out for someone who lived solely in my dreams, I’d end up alone. If I refused to determine what really mattered to me in a partner — thereby letting go of plenty of shit that was small potatoes in comparison — I’d be single forever. Changing my mindset (and my non-essential priorities) was crucial. When I threw away my silly “requirements,” I opened up to a whole slew of possibilities I’d been missing.

I used to only date guys who were over 6’2″. Now, my current beau is 5’11″ — and that’s just fine by me. Between you and me, the stronger my feelings, the taller he seems.

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Plus Size Workout Video: “Body Party” Leg Workout


Usually my plus size workout videos are mostly cardio, but this time I decided to make something different for you. I always blush when you girls compliment my legs. My grandmother was known for her legs, so I’ll give props to genetics, but I maintain what my granny gave me with my #PSPfit workouts. I love a good leg workout, so I made a one song workout for us that’s all legs!

I do these moves on the subway, in line at the grocery store, while I’m washing dishes… whenever!

If you like this workout and want to use it, I’ll send you a free version that you can download and add to your workout video collections. Get it below…

Leggings: Here | Top: Here | Sports Bra: Here | Sneakers: Here | Wireless Headphones: Here

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Have You Ever Dated Someone Who Just…Vanished?


Have you ever had someone “ghost” on you? I’m not talking Patrick Swayze, sappy music, and a pottery wheel. I’m talking about when a guy or girl that you’re dating just disappears off the face of the planet — and you’re left wondering what happened. If I have a first date and the guy never calls back, that’s not ghosting; it’s just life. But, if I’m seeing someone regularly and circumstances or feelings change, I’d like to hope everyone will be grown-up enough to communicate that. When someone ceases communication without warning and you never see them again? That’s a ghost situation.

My ghosting experience happened with Adrian. We had been dating for a few weeks when he asked me to be exclusive. But, of course, there was a catch — he also needed to take a month-long work trip to Turkmenistan to help save the endangered snow leopards. I can’t make this stuff up.

The idea of being exclusive right when Adrian was going to be gone for a month didn’t sit well with me, so I told him I’d rather wait until he returned. The night before his flight, Adrian wanted to sleep with me (one of the intimate perks that, for me, comes with being exclusive) — but I told him that wasn’t going to happen. He was respectful, told me he’d miss me, and promised to e-mail me as soon as he landed the next day. I never heard from Adrian again.

The first few days, I tried not to freak out. I went about my day with a quiet storm of thoughts running through my head: His flight was probably delayed. Maybe he doesn’t have Internet in Turkmenistan. Did I give him the correct email address? What if he’s getting bounce-backs? By week two, I was officially losing my mind. I called his work; when the receptionist answered, I froze. I could have said, “Hello, I’m calling to see if one of your employees was eaten by snow leopards, or if he’s ghosting on me, can you help?” Instead, I hung up the phone and called Ghostbusters, a.k.a. my girlfriends. We spent the night collectively trying to stalk Adrian over cocktails, but we didn’t have much to go on. We decided that closure was needed in the form of one final, saucy voicemail.

I put my phone on speaker and dialed his number. The number was disconnected — Adrian had really vanished. Now, I was angry. I couldn’t believe this was happening. After another round of drinks, we decided that the only thing to do was to offer an “R.I.P.” to that relationship and keep moving. I couldn’t make Adrian call me, and I couldn’t text a snow leopard to see if he had been spotted in the wilderness. The whole situation was out of my hands. I reminded myself that people do crazy things to avoid confrontation.

I decided that I wasn’t going to spend more time mourning Adrian than I spent actually dating him. I snapped out of my funk, and was suddenly grateful. The desire for a relationship can be an overwhelming feeling (more on that single-girl problem here), but I was glad I’d followed my instincts and pumped the brakes when Adrian wanted to be exclusive. Can you imagine how crazy I would have been if I never heard from my “boyfriend” again? I can’t help but wonder if his whole exclusivity chat was just a ploy to hook up before his month out of the country. Who knows?

It all boils down to trust, which for me, has to be earned. I really liked Adrian, but in the few weeks we had been dating, he hadn’t earned the trust required to be my long-distance boyfriend. I could have let my desire for the “girlfriend” title trump my desire to build a long-lasting and real relationship, but instead, I chose to stay single and let Adrian show me just how trustworthy (or not) he could be. He certainly showed me.

Ever had a guy ghost on you?

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Plus Size Fitness Essentials | May 2015



This month’s plus size fitness essentials roundup actually has nothing to do with being plus size because none of these items are size specific! I own each of these products and they make my workout life so much easier, so here’s what I’m loving this month and why:

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S’well Bottle: I am obsessed with my S’well bottle! It’s a reusable stainless steel water bottle. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, non-toxic, non-leaching, and BPA free. Holds 25oz. I take mine to the coffee shop in the morning, fill ‘er up and then when I’m done I rinse it and start filling it with water through the day. 

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Haiku Duffel Bag: I have this bag in pink, obvi :-) My favorite thing about this bag is that the shoe compartment is separate from the clothing area so my NYC dirty shoe bottoms don’t touch my cute dresses. Take the Haiku Sprint Duffel Bag along with you to the gym, or when you’re heading out for an overnight or weekend trip. It is sized to fit in a gym locker, and includes a locker loop so you can hang it to easily access your stuff. Its large zippered main compartment will hold a change of clothes (or two) and a towel, and includes two stretch drop-in pockets, and a separated, ventilated compartment for your shoes. Slide your yoga mat, a jacket, or a rolled towel through the adjustable strap that sits at the top of the bag, and tuck the strap away when you don’t need it.

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Master Speed Dial Lock: I hate memorizing number combinations and I have lost the keys to my lock twice now– this lock is a live saver for me. World’s first combination lock that opens on up/down/left/right directional movements. So your code could be like “up down up down up down” #Empire lol



Saucony Kinvara 6 Sneakers: These sneakers go all the way up to a size 12 and they’re cute! Mine are orange and I love them for my walks, runs and cardio dance classes. These shoes are light, but they give great support and stability


Plus Size Shopping at Forever 21 | Dressing Room Confidential


I took my camera into the dressing room at Forever 21 for a quick dressing room confidential session. I’m giving F21 props for having maxi dresses that are long enough for me (I’m 5’10).

I also found my new favorite top in the skinny section, so don’t forget to do a loop in sections that aren’t plus, you may find something that fits based on the way its cut!

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Oh, and let me know which items you liked in the comments!

Plus Size Shopping at forever 21