Saturday, January 30, 2016

#250KChallenge - Week 3

The week seems like such a blur. Weigh in Monday made no sense. The numbers don't add up. As much as I love lifting over cardio and you burn more calories throughout the day with more muscle mass, I told myself I need to do more cardio. I do need to track what I'm eating and drink more water but I haven't done either. That's a goal for Week 4.

As of Saturday, this challenge has also become a Las Vegas girls' trip prep for March. It'll be 8 ladies and it is much needed. I have been itching to travel. Although I have been to Vegas numerous times, this will do. Plus, it's Tara's first time! She's been going thru some things. She needs this.

But I need to drop some weight and meet some goals! I can definitely see some changes and over time they'll get better but my impatient self is looking for more yesterday.

Monday - From my 20 minutes post, work has been pretty busy that I haven't been able to step away for 20 minutes a day and read my book, Whisk(e)y Distilled. As I was unhappy with weigh in earlier that morning, I took my book and planted myself on the bike for 50 mins. Woohhh was my booty sweaty.

Tuesday - Back day! I have been obsessed with my back. I have seen pictures and I do not like what I see. I do lat pull downs, tons of rows, flys and did 100 close grip pull downs that Dylan has gotten me to do in the past. It felt good and I can see some changes. I just need to stick with it. 

The girls and I still do pic exchanges via text or Snapchat (@bappletree). Here is where my back is now with my Isopure shake. I chose to do the black and white filter so I can see where the shadows are. A lot to work on but it's been awhile since I've done a pic like this. My body is oddly shaped with one side more curved than the other. I want to even that out. Need to burn some fat! Thank you to Tatiana, the one of many fitness challenges partner of mine, for saying my back looks 'fierce.' It will be!!!

My shake is made up of Isopure creamy vanilla zero carb protein powder, Organics frozen raspberries and milk. It's my treat afterwards.

Tuesday, I went downtown for a meeting and had my first glance of some Super Bowl 50 building size ads. I got some steps in for the current work week challenges between FitBit users and got excited for events leading up to the Big Game on February 7th with the Panthers and Broncos. I love this city.

Tuesday night was followed by delicious wine to be tasted at DW, Macallen scotch whisky tasting and food at The Cooking School in San Francisco for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association 2016 kickoff cocktail reception. I brought my good friend, Stan, and he's a party animal with endless energy. After some whisky, I was all for his idea of bar hopping on Polk Street. But after the GGRA event, we went to Whitechapel nearby. What a great spot! I, who am trying not to drink, had one cocktail here over business talk. At the end, I was yawning and I had to say no repeatedly to his pleads to go to the Tahitian room at The Fairmont like we did a year ago or so. I was exhausted. Sorry, Stan! 

Wednesday - I got to the gym in the morning but had to take a phone call about financials. Grrrrr. When you have a lot riding on your business, you get your ass on the bike, figure things out, check your email and market and promote all the events DW has coming up. I want to throw in some weights in there but didnt have the time to work it in. But I did get my daily squats in.

I didn't have an events that evening except for the Belching Beaver tap takeover event so I wore yellow like their logo, and jeans. Sunshine had the same idea and we were twinsies for the day. It was a rough day and I had to have a taste of beer while Sunshine had some Bourbon and that delicious peanut brittle that was made with Glenmorangie Milsean right here in Oakland. We're so silly.

Then Charles and other boys from iFly surprised me and stopped by. I tried some of our new wines and had a sip of Charles' beer, Me So Honey. They thought all of my staff was beautiful, but not a bad lookin' group of men to hang out with for a little bit that night. Good people.

Thursday - CCC - Cardio, Chest & Core.
I jumped on that motor cross machine thingy. It's like the elliptical but without use of the arms. I did chest presses, flyers and abs. 

Don't you hate it when people sit on a machine playing around with their phone? Move!!!

Then abs at home in my CaliMuscle shirt. 

Friday - Another 15 hour day. I was doing fine until a finance company that I hate with the passion made Sunshine and I spend a total of 7 hours correcting their mistake. I was beyond irritated so I indulged in a Cleophus Quealy Blackberry beer and our Lemon Tart that I was happy that Sunshine didn't enjoy. More for me! 

I didn't leave there until 1 am and had plans to go to boot camp with Femme Fitcamp and Christina at 8 am the next morning. But Tara kept bringing me stuff to taste. We had a white wine that was light but had a mineral/stone fruit taste and it is priced at $50 per glass. Then she brought in some sparkling that she got for free. I also had a glass of that. See my Wine Log soon!

Saturday - I did make it to Femme Fitcamp's class at 8 am. Courtney and Ji-Young made it! Yay! I was up at 6 am and ready to go. It was a mostly cardio day but I ended up hurting my right shoulder. We were raising a 12-lb medicine ball over our head and slamming it on the ground. My shoulder didn't like the way I did one move and it was painful but I finished the cycle. It's now uncomfortable to use my stickshift. I'm sure it'll pass. But here's our group pic. I apologize for that ugly face! But hello sweaty ladies! 

We rewarded ourselves with breakfast at Ole's on Park Street in Alameda. Courtney and I were excited when our fruit bowl was pretty large! Yum!!

Sunday - 10 am meet up time to climb Montara Mountain in Pacifica, CA. (See my hiking blog posts.) My roommate made me a MuscleMilk shake and I had my Shredz BCAAs. Double fisting. Oh yeah.

Joining me was Courntey, Tara and John. It was an 8-Mille hike and took up about 3.5 hours. It felt great. I haven't hiked with any of them and it was a good time.

Love this pano trick that John told us about. For some reason Courtney is missing from the first portion.

At the summit, unfortunately, you don't get to stand on the top like you do at Mission Peak in Fremont, CA. So this is when I cracked open my Bounce protein bar but shaped in a circle. I found it at The Market and the rep was a cutie offering free samples to taste. Sold. Having attractive people marketing your products definitely help. 😉

And we're done. That's a good lookin' group after an 8-mile hike, right?

Then we went to The Devil's Slide and had some beer....onion rings and a burger. We worked for it though.

At almost 19,000 steps, Courtney and in adventures off to explore Super Bowl City near the Ferry Building. It was cold and windy and honestly, not that exciting. 

So we explored who were offering an SF Restaurant Week dinner menu. We wanted to get out of the cold. And ended up at Chaya, not ordering the special menu but a $150 bottle of wine from Domaine Serene in the Willamette Valley. It was 50% off. We'll take it. So half cheat day continued with these ladies. It was worth it.

And so another week closes and weigh in might suck tomorrow. I'm exhausted so I might just have a rest day. We'll see if that actually happens.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 25, 2016

#250KChallenge - Week 2

Sunday evening and two weeks into this challenge. I have a feeling not much will change on that scale tomorrow morning. It has been nothing but work, beer, wine and food. Plus I missed out on two days of working out. I worked a 15-hour day on Thursday and I slept in on Friday to recover.

Monday consisted of taking Bart into work as I needed to be at there early for two beer trainings back to back. See Beer Log 2016. I worked out at night but didn't get as much cardio as I wanted to but did shoulders. My friend, Albert, always gives me shit for when I do shoulders because they are pretty noticeable. I have huge traps. So I sent him a SnapChat post workout. He said I was going to scare a whole lot of people. He texted me earlier today that he has shoulders today and I should send him a pic to give him motivation. I sent him a SnapChat and he took a screenshot of it! The app tells you when someone does that. Creeper! Those pics are for 10 seconds only! I asked him to send me a swole pic after his workout to make sure he was doing it right. He didn't. What a pansy. (Joking, Sobrino!)

This was the first day wearing some new workout gear from Champion that I just got from Target. It has a cute back but it's length is too long for my torso. Eh, whatever.

Tuesday, I worked out at home and I honestly cannot remember what I worked out on. But here is proof that I did work out. 

Along with the gray Champion top, I bought Courtney and I some headbands. They do not stay in place. I don't like them. Sent Courtney a Snap of it not staying in place and she sent one in return while on the bike wearing the same one. "Twinning."

Still on Shredz and speaking of which, I do notice a small change around my waist. Hopefully my measurements show me some progress!

On Wednesday, Sunshine and I worked from home. We had events the upcoming weekend so I ensured we didn't work seven days that week. However, I got a great workout it. I did legs. They were a bit tired and I dropped my leg press to 195, down from 255. I tried 235 but I still needed help. I knew I was going to do legs at Sunshine's boot camp class on Saturday. Might as well give my legs to recoop. I did go up 10 lbs in deadlifts to make it 80 lbs total. Best a new personal record!

Then I followed up with an Isopure protein shake. I finally killed the bottle. It was just lacking in flavor. I do have my MuscleTech winnings from a that I haven't opened yet so I'll be tasting that very soon.

Thursday was a 15-hour day and it did include liquor and great food. It's difficult to say no when you're in the food and beverage industry. The day started at 5 am, Bevo went to Happy Hound so he can get some socializing time in and I didn't have to worry about being home in 11 hours. I sat thru traffic, got our place ready receive Glenmorangie for a live tastings and training from Scotland plus a luncheon. Then meetings and events in the evening. This was basically my day.

Friday, I slept in after that long day and worked.

Saturday was a second round of boot camp with Sunshine and Femme Fitcamp in Alameda. It was mostly legs and jogging around the complex. I haven't really jogged since Halloween.  She kicked my butt. This was the first time I did burpees with a bosu ball. I could do it! And I want some of those resistant bands. It's great to work the side of my ass. I need one. An ass, that is. Cause look! But rockin my Shredz 'alpha female' tank.

It was also a member's birthday. Christina wanted a group pic. Here we are!

Then Sunday, I got warmed up on the bike and did arms. I add my weighted squats and good mornings since I was in position. I got home and Will was making a protein shake and the blender was filled to the top. He asked me if I wanted some. Sure!!! He made his with Muscle Milk's Gainer. I asked him if he put any nuts or granola in his shake because there was some crunchy pieces in the shake. He declined but I liked whatever it was. "I like the nuts." But he figured out that it must be the kiwi seeds because he then tasted what I was talking about.

Then it was time to get ready for the Femme Fitcamp photo shoot with Sunshine at The Inner Athlete in San Leandro, CA. It's a big gym and they have punching bags. Oh yessss. I haven't taken a boxing class in quite some time but had fun the last time I did with Megan and my friend, Victor, was teaching it in Berkeley. 

While we were waiting, the girls were playing with the equipment. I decided to do some lay pulldown reps. I am obsessed with my back. And like I said, the weights are different at each gym. I was doing 60s. I usually do 55s on a good day. 

We had shots taken as we stretched as a group and then individuals. 

Since Maurice, the owner and photographer, was running late and I had to be at DW at 5 for the Mother Earth beer pairing dinner, I had to leave pretty quickly so I got my solo shots done first. I had to pick an activity and I chose the bags. Maurice put red gloves on me and I was excited to start punching. It's such an amazing stress reliever. However, I attempted to do a right cross and my hand hit the bag in an awkward position and I hurt my wrist. It's a bit sore now but the shoot was definitely fun. And here is me with my Sunshine. Love her!

And then weigh in on Monday morning shows I really need to get some cardio in. 
Gah! No improvement. And I can't find my measuring tape!

1/17 Sun
Weight 119
BMI 22.5
Fat 20.6
Muscle 34.2

1/25 Mon
Weight 120.6
BMI 22.8
Fat 21
Muscle 34


Sunday, January 24, 2016

DW Ladies in Management in VEGAS!!!

The Partner, Events Director, Marketing Director and Wine Director, Sommelier and Events Manager (9 other women) will be in Las Vegas from March 11th until March 14th.

DW is one the hottest restaurants and bars in San Francisco that opened in 2015. It has also been named one of the sexiest restaurants in San Francisco according to Zagat. Zagat has also named our Wine Director and Sommelier, Tara Herrick, as one of '30 Under 30' that are changing the industry. She's 25. Quite the achievement, don't you agree? And this will be her first time in Las Vegas. 

Our group of businesswomen are mostly single, aged between 25 and 35, and consist of social media users (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Periscope, SnapChat, Google+, Swarm, Untappd, Delectable), bloggers, Yelpers, Certified Bartneders, Certified Personal Trainers, Event Planners & Coordinators and fluent in Spanish, French and Slovak. We are into fitness, fashion, beauty, live music, dancing and all things food and beverage. Some will be traveling for a bachelorette party.

Do you want our entourage to stay, visit drink, dine, play, swim and party at your establishment?
Would you like us to wear, try and promote your product or brand as a group? 
Please contact Bernadette at

We cannot wait to have a great time! We deserve it.

Traveling with Southwest Airlines

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rockin' My S&D Everyday #2

I am still a Stella & Dot Stylist. It has been almost five years and I love all of their pieces. Stella & Dot is a local company that was started by Jessica Herrin and Blythe Harris. The company is named after each of the grandmothers. What an honor. Half of their line is under $50 but adored and worn by many celebrities including singer Carrie Underwood, Orange is the New Black's Laura Prepon, and even featured on Jada Pinkett Smith on an episode of Gotham. Oh, Fish. Always stylin'.

I am constantly getting complimented on my jewelry while I work the floor at DWSF. Like being a Stella & Dot Stylist, the jewelry is so appealing that it is the reason why conversations start. Women are drawn to these pieces and I have definitely received some compliments from men. My business partner says I am the best dressed person he knows. I have to make our place look good, right?
See previous posts:
Rockin' My S&D Everyday #1
Boss Babe

Although I do not have time to do trunk shows nowadays with being an Operating Partner and Events Director for my restaurant, I am still a Stylist and direct ladies to my online site HERE. The photos below will mention the names and cost of each of the pieces. If it says a Sample price, that means I am willing to part with it and that is the cost of the used item. Email me to inquire whether or not it is still available.

I enjoy fashion and am envious of those fashion bloggers that have a great number of followers and look good while doing it. Here are my attempts. What do you think? If you are Instagram, follow me on there. I really do rock my S&D everyday. (@bappletree)

This is one of my favorite pictures with my girlfriend, Christina. She is also a fan of S&D and is wearing the retired Mercury Necklace and I am wearing Madeline Pearl Necklace ($98) over a White House Black Market top. This was taken the Sunday after our very first week of opening. I invited my friends and family to come by on a Sunday night to close out our first week with a bang. I want to share what all of my hard work for the last year and a half has helped create. It was a memorable evening. I was glad Christina could be there. And that was also the night I first met her new guy, Evan. Take care of my girl, Evan! I'm watching you!

J.Lee is a nurse, also divorced but with children. She was out in San Francisco for a much deserved girls' night and she came by to see me. I have helped plan this girls' baby shower and we've had fun, tipsy evenings together. Again at DW, I'm wearing the retired Mae Necklace (Reg. $49, sample $25), the Arrison Stretch Bracelet ($34) that is also available in silver for $29, with a really old dress from Express.

My baby cousin, Matthew, came out to visit me with his beautiful wife, Chrissy. I haven't seen them since my 12-hour stay in Washington state for our cousin's wedding. They were in town to visit my Aunt and Uncle, have dinner with friends and head up to Tahoe for another wedding. Wedding, wedding, wedding! This Event Planner loves that!

"I am so impressed!" exclaims, Cousin Chrissy. This Southern Belle has some style so that means a lot to me. I love being able to have my loved ones dine in my restaurant. It makes me so happy.

But here I am wearing the formerly best-seller Bardot Hoops in gold ($34, Sample $15) with the popular Rebel Pendant ($79) over a red Express sleeveless top.

My Cugino ('cousin' in Italian) was my very first best friend. He supports me in everything I do. His girlfriend, Angela, is also a big supporter. She also loves S&D. I love seeing photos of her wearing items she has gotten thru me. And that's Haydee, Bevo, my Boston Terrier's, girlfriend. Here we are at their first taste of DW for brunch. I'm wearing the retired Palomino Necklace ($128, sample $50) over another Express top.

I had the pleasure of going to Kauai, Hawaii to see Katie and Jeremy get married before we opened. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary and have an adorable little girl named Gabi. It's great that they make sure they have date nights and I was honored they were able to come by. I'm wearing the retired Pippa Necklace in green ($69) over a Banana Republic dress I purchased at the Gilroy Outlets. I get many compliments in this dress, saying it's a good color on me. I always have to make it a point NOT to pick out black clothing while shopping. Like women are to S&D jewelry, I am drawn to black clothes.

See! I'm in all black. So if it wasn't for Adriana on my right, I would not have met Jeremy or Karla. I love expanding my circle of knowing such wonderful people. I'm rockin the bun that my hairstylist, Justina Downs, has taught me to do. Although it's hard to see, I'm wearing the sold out Jocelyn Earrings ($44) with an Express top, black jeans and a Coach belt.

"It's a man's world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl." - James Brown. I remember posting this on Instagram. My Brewer took this photo of DW's Ladies in Management working at the bar. Not a bad looking team, right? Mercedes is our Manager of anything and everything. That woman does so much. I don't think we could live without her. Then I, and our beautiful Tara Herrick, our Wine Director and Sommelier. Crazy to think that I am almost 10 years older than both of them.
I'm wearing the sold out Callie Necklace ($89?) and you guessed it! An Express top.

I honestly can't remember what these earrings are called but they are for sale! Does a fellow Stylist want to help a girl out? I'll sell this sample for $15. I am wearing just one strand of the Aria Necklace in silver ($98) plus the Mujicians Brewing Company t-shirt for a beer promotion we were having at DW. Have to support our brewers!

Whenever I see that I take these selfies without showing my eyes, it reminds me of when my roommate asks why I do that. I feel so tired all the time and work so much, I don't need to draw attention to my dark circles. If you're a beauty rep, send me a sample of something new to try. I have tried so many different products.

Here's another one without my eyes and an Express top! This is two of the three strands of the Zuni Layering Necklace ($98) and paired with the sold out Renegade Earrings. 

My sweet cousin, Noralisa, from Long Beach came up with a girlfriend wearing a kitten tank top. You can't miss her. She's adorable. Again, it's always great to share DW with my loved ones. She is doing so well for herself, marketing for a company called Emazing Lights that was also featured on Shark Tank. I'm wearing a customized charm necklace that has retired pieces on it including a paw print, a circular pieces that says 'mom' in three different languages, a blue birthstone and an angel wing. I wear my late grandfather's wedding ring every day so I added it to the necklace. I am also wearing the smaller hoop of the versatile Orbit Earrings ($39) over a White House Black Market sweater.

I am such the protective momma bear of DW. I am already on my feet when I hear that my staff isn't being treated right. "Don't antagonize Bernadette. She's like a pit bull." - my business partner. Besides protecting them, I also like to style them. I have taken our Wine Director shopping, my business partner has asked me to take our staff shopping a handful of times and I'm always adjusting collars on the men, fixing ties, moving necklace clasps to the back of the neck where they belong and hiding exposed shirt tags. Here is Mercedes and our hostess turned server, Rachel, wearing S&D. Mercedes is wearing what I have worn in an earlier picture with the red top, the Zuni Layering Necklace and Renegade Earrings. And Rachel is perfectly wearing the Zoe Lariat in gold ($98) over a purple dress. They are absolutely gorgeous. I love this picture. My staff is amazing. Just sayin'!

It's the beautiful Mercedes again, wearing the Zuni Layering Necklace again. See how it goes with so many colors? And I'm wearing the earrings I can't remember the name of, and the versatile Crescent Necklace in gold ($49). I remember this day. We were at our neighbors, The Cadillac Grill, with Kristian and other gents and we actually had dinner together. It has been so long since we have been able to do that.

My friend, Laura, and I decided to actually NOT eat dinner at DW. I found a spot on OpenTable that was sort of nearby. We actually walked thru a questionable few blocks and ended up at the Intercontinental Hotel and ate at Luce. "Oh you fancy, huh?" The hotel was absolutely beautiful and the food and service was incredible. Great company just made the evening away just wonderful. I'm wearing the Birdie Necklace without the feathers ($118) over a Banana Republic dress that a friend said "instantly clobbered" the guy he was trying to set me up with. I think he survived.

Here is Tara Herrick, our Wine Director and Sommelier, and Ms. Zagat '30 Under 30'. I offered to bring her jewelry to wear and she chose the Birdie Necklace ($118) of items I brought. She looked beautiful on an evening dedicated to the Guild of Sommeliers. 

Went to a University of Texas game with Christina. Hook 'em! I'm wearing the sold out Goddess Drop Earrings ($34) and engravable bar ($59) that reads 'FAITHFUL.' I may be in Texas but this California girl loves her 49ers. Christina is wearing the sold out Avalon Necklace ($34).

Another mirror selfie in Texas. This time still wearing the engravable bar and the sold out earrings that I again cannot remember what they're called with a Hot Miami Styles dress that my friend, Albert, called a Tinkerbell dress. Christina is wearing the Zoe Lariat ($98) in silver and rockin' her cowboy boots. 

Got this angled shot idea from fashion blogger's site. I am wearing the silver Sanibel Pendant ($69) over a Jeaja top, a designer out of Oakland. 

I honestly will never part with the sold out Layering Necklace from many years ago. I just absolutely love it. I do not know who makes this dress or the tights, but I am wearing Cole Haan boots and my DKNY jacket. 

For a fancy birthday dinner for Angela in New Orleans, I am wearing the Arrow Drop Necklace ($59) and Earrings ($49) with a Hot Miami Styles dress. I always travel with my jewels.

And lastly, here is some of my staff during a Mount Gay rum training and tasting. I'm just wearing the Zoe Lariat Necklace ($98) over a blue tank top at some random store at Southland Mall. It's OK to add a little sparkle to a cheap, everyday tank top.

Stella & Dot just released their Spring line. I just placed my order for new pieces yesterday and hope to have more pictures to share soon. Again, if there are any sample items you'd like to purchase, please let me know!

Which are favorite Stella & Dot pieces?
Do you have any items from any of these other brands?