Filipino-American Vegan Bikini Bodybuilding Competitor, Voice Over Artist, Personal Trainer, Sport Nutrition Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, Runner, Hiker, Reader, Writer, Traveler. And I love Karaoke.

 

Cheat meal for my mom’s birthday.  Vegan tacos!  #whatveganseat #pinayvegan #mexicanvegan #vegan #veganfoodshare #alliwanttodonowisgetonatreadmill (at Frida Mexican Cuisine)

Cheat meal for my mom’s birthday. Vegan tacos! #whatveganseat #pinayvegan #mexicanvegan #vegan #veganfoodshare #alliwanttodonowisgetonatreadmill (at Frida Mexican Cuisine)

Today’s meals, not including my breakfast of oatmeal with protein powder.  If I don’t keep it simple, I tend to stray.  Baked tofu (marinated in Bragg, Mrs. Dash salt-free blend, garlic, and nutritional yeast),  baked broccoli, and baked sweet potatoes.  These are three foods I love, so I don’t feel deprived.  The sweet potatoes also curb my sweet tooth.  I change the vegetables every week.  I might go with bok choy and mushrooms or raw veggies after the weekend :-)  I’ll be eating this every 3 hours.  
#contestprep #vegancontestprep #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #vegan #veganbikinicompetitor #10weeksout

Today’s meals, not including my breakfast of oatmeal with protein powder. If I don’t keep it simple, I tend to stray. Baked tofu (marinated in Bragg, Mrs. Dash salt-free blend, garlic, and nutritional yeast), baked broccoli, and baked sweet potatoes. These are three foods I love, so I don’t feel deprived. The sweet potatoes also curb my sweet tooth. I change the vegetables every week. I might go with bok choy and mushrooms or raw veggies after the weekend :-) I’ll be eating this every 3 hours.
#contestprep #vegancontestprep #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #vegansofig #vegan #veganbikinicompetitor #10weeksout

Some of us have had the good fortune of being able to call the shots.  You can let it be known what is tolerable and what breaks a deal.  Your ego is fed by friends, admirers and lovers.  Luck finds you.  You revel in it.  You believe it will go on like this forever.

And then, you get older.  Your tolerance increases.  You let things go.  You allow boundaries to be overstepped and soon find yourself swallowing so much of your ego that it fills your stomach to the point of excruciating pain.  You are bloated with forgiveness.  You think it is part of the journey to finding your truth. 

There doesn’t seem to be anything actual about the process of self-actualization.  It seems abstract, intangible, yet there it is, weighing down on your shoulders and digging its claws into your abdomen, until you decide to stand up or accept your demise.

I say, stand up.  Don’t just fight for yourself.  Fully embrace who you are and let no one shake you. 

Live your life.  Live your life.    

Took time from recording his latest album to finally spend a little time with his family.  #bambu #bambudepistola #mykuya #siblings #family  (at Roy Choi’s Pot)

Took time from recording his latest album to finally spend a little time with his family. #bambu #bambudepistola #mykuya #siblings #family (at Roy Choi’s Pot)

Had the privilege of getting my butt kicked by Sebastien Lagree himself!  Lagree Live is fun!!!  #lagreefitness #Megaformer #lagreelive #sebastienlagree #pilatesoncrack #iworkout #lunge #plank #sweat #fitness #fitchicks

Had the privilege of getting my butt kicked by Sebastien Lagree himself! Lagree Live is fun!!! #lagreefitness #Megaformer #lagreelive #sebastienlagree #pilatesoncrack #iworkout #lunge #plank #sweat #fitness #fitchicks

#echomountain #hikingtrails #californialove #altadena #hike #gooutside  (at Echo Mountain)

#echomountain #hikingtrails #californialove #altadena #hike #gooutside (at Echo Mountain)

When you don’t feel strong enough, walk to the top of a mountain, look down at what you’ve accomplished, and enjoy the moment.  #motivation #inspiration #californialove  (at Echo Mountain)

When you don’t feel strong enough, walk to the top of a mountain, look down at what you’ve accomplished, and enjoy the moment. #motivation #inspiration #californialove (at Echo Mountain)

Just found out that the Ringling Bros. are coming to LA on July 9th.  I don’t like to push my lifestyle and beliefs onto other people, but this is not about my personal choices.  It’s a matter of cruelty and exploitation of animals.  If you are thinking of going to the circus, I strongly urge you not to attend.  Torturing elephants is the circus trainer’s required tactic used to dominate and force these majestic beings to perform tricks that are completely unnatural to them, just for our “entertainment.”  When they do not obey, the elephants are punished with pain.  If I were an animal in my natural habitat, I would much rather get eaten by another animal, than to be captured by a human that would cause me physical and psychological damage for the rest of my life.  Please, please, do not support the circus.  I would also urge you to watch HBO’s An Apology to Elephants to learn more.  

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
-Mahatma Gandhi

#boycottthecircus

Just found out that the Ringling Bros. are coming to LA on July 9th. I don’t like to push my lifestyle and beliefs onto other people, but this is not about my personal choices. It’s a matter of cruelty and exploitation of animals. If you are thinking of going to the circus, I strongly urge you not to attend. Torturing elephants is the circus trainer’s required tactic used to dominate and force these majestic beings to perform tricks that are completely unnatural to them, just for our “entertainment.” When they do not obey, the elephants are punished with pain. If I were an animal in my natural habitat, I would much rather get eaten by another animal, than to be captured by a human that would cause me physical and psychological damage for the rest of my life. Please, please, do not support the circus. I would also urge you to watch HBO’s An Apology to Elephants to learn more.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
-Mahatma Gandhi

#boycottthecircus

"Hey, Rox, do you mind?  Mommy’s trying to take a #selfie !!"  

Update:  Yesterday was my last physical therapy session.  My therapists (and my vegan diet) helped me recover a lot quicker than anticipated!  I’m cleared to gradually begin training my lower body again!  I lost a lot of muscle from having to sit around so much, but after a full lower body session this morning, I believe my body will build back up with consistency (and smart training) over the next couple of months.   My pain is almost 100% gone!  Next time, listen when you’re told that cycling requires a special kind of shoe!  

Due to the foot injury and recovery period, I won’t be able to compete with my team this year.  I’m determined to bring my best package next year!  In the meantime, I have my eye on a competition TBA before the holidays.

Till then, love your body, nourish, strengthen, and embrace yourself.  

Peace and Plants,
Paola

"Hey, Rox, do you mind? Mommy’s trying to take a #selfie !!"

Update: Yesterday was my last physical therapy session. My therapists (and my vegan diet) helped me recover a lot quicker than anticipated! I’m cleared to gradually begin training my lower body again! I lost a lot of muscle from having to sit around so much, but after a full lower body session this morning, I believe my body will build back up with consistency (and smart training) over the next couple of months. My pain is almost 100% gone! Next time, listen when you’re told that cycling requires a special kind of shoe!

Due to the foot injury and recovery period, I won’t be able to compete with my team this year. I’m determined to bring my best package next year! In the meantime, I have my eye on a competition TBA before the holidays.

Till then, love your body, nourish, strengthen, and embrace yourself.

Peace and Plants,
Paola

More class work on:  www.facebook.com/Insidejobactingstudio.  #acting #iloveacting #borntoperform #emotionaljunkie #insidejobactingstudio #actor #actress #film #actingclass

More class work on: www.facebook.com/Insidejobactingstudio. #acting #iloveacting #borntoperform #emotionaljunkie #insidejobactingstudio #actor #actress #film #actingclass