Interview with Danielle Pascente: Fitness guru + model

Hi hi!

How are you? How was the weekend? So good to have the extra day, no?

I am in San Diego right now at Coffee + Flowers, catching up a bit on the blog. It's been a crazy few weeks so even on vacay I need to do a bit of 'work' :). I am also just so excited to share this interview with you. 

Danielle is one of those babes who I saw SO MANY times before I 'met' her and put a face with the name. She's everywhere in the fitness world, so you've probably seen her gorgeous self and lean/fit bod. 

Crazy enough, her amazing sister called into a Almost 30 Podcast episode. The episode with our craziest caller yet (truly). If you want to listen, do so here.

We were also lucky enough to have had Danielle on the holiday episode talking about fitness. She's a REAL chick with an opinion, is down to earth and relatable. But during the episode she talked about how to stick with your routine, stay in the groove and the tips she uses during the holidays. I was OBSESSED with what she said about staying on track. It's so SIMPLE. 

She said, no matter what, I eat my own breakfast. 

DEAD.

So simple. She eats her normal protein shake, oatmeal, or whatever. Which sets her up for the day, balances the blood sugar and allows herself  a little wiggle room later if she needs it.

So this one is so good. Insights and tricks from one of the fittest babes there is, let me introduce you to Danielle Pascente!


Tell us a little about who you are, what you do:

I’m a personal trainer/sports model/health & fitness entrepreneur in Los Angeles.  I’ve been in the business for about 8 years now and am absolutely in LOVE with it.  I’m so passionate about health & wellness.  I grew up an athlete and played a variety of sports through the years.  I think fitness is just something that will always be a big part of my life.  I recently launched the first of my online training programs.  My goal is to be able to reach more people than just those I train in Los Angeles.  I’m creating workouts for people to do on the go, with little to no equipment.  I named my programs “Kick-Ass Training” because they will kick your ass but you will see results.  And who doesn’t like feeling like a total badass when they workout?    

What's a typical day in the life?

Everyday is so different for me it really depends on my schedule.  Some days I’m on an early photoshoot.  Other days I’m training clients.  It’s typically pretty packed though.  First thing I do when I wake up is drink warm lemon water (YES I REALLY DO BELIEVE IN THIS!)  To spare details, it gets things moving and alkalizes your system.  I usually take some time in the morning to post on social media outlets - workout of the day, motivational quote, something along those lines.  I’ll have breakfast and coffee while I’m answering e-mails, doing some content creation for my ebooks, and any other miscellaneous online work.  I will then do a workout from roughly 11 AM - 1 PM.  I don’t always have this much time BUT this is my ultimate favorite time to go if my schedule allows.  I’m fueled from breakfast and still fresh enough to be motivated.  I spend plenty of extra time stretching and foam rolling so this is why I like to take my time if I can. 

In the afternoon it ranges.  If I’m not training clients I may be going to a casting for a fitness related gig.  If I’m not doing either of those things, I am ALWAYS in work mode when it comes to my online business.  Lately that has taken an enormous amount of time (more than I ever thought possible).  I try to carve out at least 3-5 hours in the afternoon or at night to work on my online products or blog. 

I usually have an evening client so I will go train them around 5-7 PM ish.  I then come home and have dinner while un-winding a little bit.  Some days I like to totally power off and just read a book or watch a TV show.  Other days, I’m so stacked with online work that I just work straight through dinner.  I am adamant about ONE thing.  I make it a habit to be in my bedroom by 9 PM.  I’ll usually stretch or foam roll on the floor before getting into bed but I have my actual body in bed no later than 9:30 every single night.  I am a HUGE believer in a minimum of 7 hrs of sleep per night if not more.  This is just what I know my body requires to be able to function at 100%.  I try not to sacrifice this bed time unless its an emergency or if I’m celebrating a birthday or doing something social - then obviously I have to stretch it.  But if it’s just a regular day/night - I’m in bed by 9:00 usually.

If I have a photoshoot, this day looks very different.  I will typically have an earlier call time so I try to wake up extra early and go for a run just to get my body moving.  Photoshoots usually last anywhere from 5-10 hours.  They are long days so I don’t have a ton of energy when I get home, in which case I will just head to bed and unwind right away.  I lose motivation throughout the day, so I’ve never been good at doing workouts later in the day or at night.  This is why you will likely find me waking up at 4:30 AM if I have to vs doing it at 7 PM.


Whats a day for you food wise (details! and favorite products/foods)

Pre - breakfast

  • Warm water with lemon
  • Probiotic (love Garden of Life brand - you can buy it here)

Breakfast

  • Black coffee (strong) with splash of vanilla almond milk & cinnamon
  • Protein Oatmeal (my go to breakfast) - organic rolled oats heated with almond milk.  Add 1 scoop favorite protein powder (I like Quest Vanilla - you can buy it here).  Add 1 TBSP favorite nut butter (I like Justin's you can get it here).  The nut butter just melts into the oatmeal and it’s seriously HEAVENLY! 

Snack

  • If I’m hungry between breakfast/lunch which usually isn’t the case, but if I am - I’ll have a banana or handful of almonds/nuts.  

Lunch

  • Typically consists of grilled chicken or egg white omelettes with lots of greens/veggies.  I also love huge greens salads with quinoa and some sort protein.  I’m a firm believer in trying to get protein in with each meal.  I personally don’t like fish or red meat so I’m mostly eating chicken/ground turkey/eggs.

Snack

  • If I’m hungry between lunch/dinner i’ll usually have one of my favorite bars.  I love LaraBar and Kind Bars because the ingredients are BOMB!  Not a lot of extra shit inside.  I also love ThinkThin if you are needing some extra protein and a more filling bar!

Dinner

  • The exact same thing I have for lunch.  The only difference would be that I might sauté veggies or make it a hot meal.  Grilled asparagus in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.  Sometimes I’ll sauté a bunch of stuff in a pan and it turns out like stir fry.  I might add a sweet potato if I need some extra carbs or had a tough training day

Dessert

  • I have the biggest sweet tooth so I actually need to have something sweet every single day.  I don’t cut out full food groups - I think its ok to have good ingredient desserts in moderation.  Of course if you are the type to crush the whole bag or carton or whatever in one sitting - then maybe this rule isn’t going to work for you.  I love Lily’s dark chocolate chips.  Sometimes I’ll have a couple of rice cakes with Justin's nut butter and dark chocolate chips.  I also LOVE boom chicka pop (so addicting).  AND lastly, Halo Top ice cream birthday cake flavor (salivating as I write this).  These are my go to desserts.

What do your workouts look like?

I actually think the easiest way to answer this question is to say, go to my Instagram!  I post my workouts there almost every other day.  These workouts are typically what I do as well.  I love high intensity interval style training.  I also launched a treadmill training program in November and I’ve been loving mixing these workouts in daily.  Sometimes I will do a treadmill training workout paired with a HIIT circuit.  

I will always aim for 10-20 mins of cardio either before or after my workout (depends on my mood).  I love running and I love the stair master.  There’s just no better feeling after doing either of those for that extra burn.  I will sometimes do a split routine like lower body one day and upper body the next.  I’m CONSTANTLY changing it up though.  If I find a workout I really like, I will do that more often than others. 

I’ve been loving this Saturday class I go to so that’s been somewhat of a staple for me.  It’s called F45 Training.  The Saturday session is a full body workout with 27 stations.  You go through the 27 stations twice so it takes about 45 mins to an hour.  SUCH A GOOD WORKOUT and perfect way to start the weekend.

What made you pursue a career in fitness?

I was a competitive athlete my whole life, so I knew I wanted to do something in the sports/health/wellness industry.  I still knew fitness was going to be a huge part of my life, I just wasn’t sure in what capacity.  I kind of fell into sports modeling but pursued personal training and really had a passion for that. 

What's the best part about what you do:

Hands down seeing people get results! 

Seeing people create lifestyle changes and watching their progress.  I think the most priceless part about a job like this is you know you are changing people’s lives.  I get at least one message a day saying “thanks for doing what you do,” or “I’ve been doing your workouts for years and I feel amazing,” etc etc.  It never gets old to hear that someone is creating healthy habits and loving their life that way.  That is exactly why I do what I do - to help others.

In regards to sports modeling, I think the best part about that job is just being able to shoot with some incredible brands!  My 10 year old self would seriously have been peeing pants if she knew she was going to shoot with Nike, Adidas, Reebok, etc when she was older.  I love traveling to new places and shooting in cool locations.  Seeing an ad or campaign released is super rewarding too.  You know the work that went into it first hand and to be a part of that is an indescribable feeling.

What's the hardest part about what you do:

I think the hardest part is just the pressure to constantly be on top of your game. 

There’s no time for injuries, or being out of shape.  You just have to take such good care of your body to be in this industry.  You are a walking billboard.  People want to work with people who are fit (and that’s the bottom line). 

However, I whole heartedly believe in balance - so I don’t go to crazy extremes!  I still live my life similar to that of an athlete.  You train hard.  You work hard.  You dedicate yourself to your career.  You take breaks when you need and eat to fuel your body!

What's one piece of advice you give to all your clients?

Be consistent!  It’s not always about giving 100% each session, but it’s about staying consistent.  A lot of my clients have rigorous schedules and travel a lot for work.  I’m a firm believer in getting workouts in on the go.  They can workout in their hotel room or hotel gym with one of my circuits.  Don’t skip weekends or holidays.  If you add up every weekend day and holiday throughout the year - you could be missing months of workouts.  I swear by the 80/20 rule.  Be mindful about eating good foods and getting workouts in 80% of the time.  The other 20% is for LIFE!  We all need to live it and it will inevitably get in the way at some point.

What's one thing you can't live without?

Ugh I HATE saying this but my phone.  I never ever thought I’d be that person but I am that person.  I’ve just transitioned heavily into the online business this year so it’s pretty crucial I have my phone at all times.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely put it away or turn it on silent if I need to (at appropriate times), but for the most part I use my phone to create and post content multiple times a day so I always have it.  Coming in at a close second would be working out.  I love working out so GOD WILLING, I will be able to do that daily for years to come :) By the way, I have probably 10 other things.  It’s hard to pick just one.  My friends/family/husband.  I’ll just stop now……..before this becomes “20 things Danielle can’t live without.”

I loved your holiday tricks so much, can you please talk about how you stay on track during the holidays:

Aw thank you!  I love the holiday topic and have created a lot of accountability around this time of year leading into the holidays. I could go on forever about this one, but I think the easiest thing to do would be to attach my blog about staying on track during holidays/weekends/vacations.

If you have 30 minutes, what's the best thing to do workout wise?

Go to my Instagram and find a workout!!  They are all under 30 mins and you WILL feel amazing afterwards.  If you don’t want to go to my IG, I highly suggest just doing a HIIT type of workout.  Treadmill intervals, plyometrics, short rest periods, pushing to your max for those 20-30 mins.  I also have a treadmill workout program I just launched so if running on the treadmill is your thing, you will love this!  It’s a combination of treadmill/HIIT workouts ranging from 10 minutes to 40 minutes. 

You're also a model :) what's a beauty trick you swear by:

Washing my face every morning and every night.  Predictable…..I know!  But I swear this has been a game changer from my college self to my current self.  I used to go to bed with all my makeup on pretty much every night in my late teens early 20’s.  Now, no matter how late or early it is, I will do my full face cleansing routine.  

Favorite beauty product:

Clinique all about eyes de-puffing eye roller (this thing is freaking heavenly - you can get it here).  Put it in the refrigerator.  I swear it’s the best thing you will ever feel underneath your eyes and on your lid (especially if your having one of those days….you know…..little to no sleep).


Life mantra:

Take every risk.  Drop every fear. 


Favorite memory from 2016: 

Launching my first online program in November.  2016 was a HUGE growth year for me, so even though it was intense at times and I wanted to throw in the towel - that moment of knowing even one person bought my product was incredible!

What you're most looking forward to in 2017:

The continuation of launching my online products and being able to reach more people!  My husband also went “all in” on my business so we work together now and he’s been incredible!  It’s a pretty cool experience to work together and be able to build something you are both proud of.

Where can people connect with you?

Come visit my website: www.daniellepascente.com . 

You can join my mailing list where I send out e-mails every Wednesday with a FREE workout inside.  You can also get a free ebook with 10 fat burning exercises inside!  


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Tops:

Water bottles: 

Leggings:


So good right? Not only is this chick FIT, she's SMART, savvy and dedicated. 

GOOD PEOPLE.

I love to read these, and have a reminder that a) these people work their asses off to look that good b) it's possible to EAT and look good and c) models are people too (and they can be really cool!)

LOL but for real. Love this girl, can't wait til she is on Almost 30 in a few weeks!

Enjoy the tips my loves! Have the best week.

xo

Krista

Interview with Kathlyn Hart: Podcast Host, Life Coach, Website Designer and Overall Amazing Human

Oh hi guys!

I want to introduce you to someone awesome today :) 

Kathlyn Hart of The Big Leap Show. She's a life coach, motivational speaker, podcast host and overall kind, funny, and driven babe that I was thankful to be introduced to about a year ago by my friend David.

I was on her podcast, The Big Leap Show earlier this year, and it was one of my favorite conversations with someone. She's SO FUNNY, she's so open, her questions are amazing  You can listen to that episode if you want, here!

Guys I have to be honest too, Kathlyn's voice is like SMOOTH BUTTA. It's seriously soothing, melodic and just f'ing beautiful. You must hear it! I am slightly in love.

Kathlyn knows all about chasing your dreams, going for what you want, but also being super smart and saavy about it. She's really well connected to TONS of badass ladies through The BLS and I consider her a knowledge center for dreamers and doers in life. 

I also just really like her as a human, and feel excited to see her grow!

So excited to introduce you to her, and make sure to listen to The Big Leap Show Podcast too - it's AMAZE.


Tell us a little about who you are, what you do :) 

My name is Kathlyn Hart but everyone calls me Kat ;)  I'm a motivational life coach, business website consultant and host of The Big Leap Show podcast!

 

What is The Big Leap Show Podcast? What is the mission?

The Big Leap Show is a weekly podcast where I interview badass women in business about their leap into entrepreneurship. 

So many women are craving the freedom of being their own boss and starting a business of their own. 

Taking the first step and starting though can be overwhelming and scary. 

The Big Leap Show's mission is to get real with boss babes to learn what it took them to take the leap and start a business of their own.

Technically, what does it take to create a podcast? Can you talk about that process? 

Sure! 

The most basic podcast can be done by recording a basic audio file on your computer or phone, and then uploading that file to what's called a "hosting service" that will store your file online.  There are audio specific hosting sites that you will want to use for your podcast because the files can be quite large. 

I use Libsyn (https://www.libsyn.com/) which I really like. 

Then, to get your audio file into iTunes or any other podcast directory you need to submit your unique "RSS feed URL" which your hosting service provides.  After that boom, you have a podcast.  Every time you upload a new audio file to your hosting provider, iTunes and all of the other directories which you have submitted your RSS link to will automatically detect that you have a new episode.

Now to have a more professional podcast there are number of things you might want to buy or consider using including...

A mic (I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100) - link = http://amzn.to/1OLyjoH

Intro/Outro Music (I bought mine from Audio Jungle) - link = http://audiojungle.net/?ref=kathlynhart

Audio mixing application (I use Garage Band)

A website (I host mine with BlueHost and create it using Wordpress) - link = http://www.bluehost.com/track/kathlynhart

To learn more about starting a podcast feel free to reach out to me!

You interview some pretty badass females. What's been something that has stuck with you recently? 

You know the biggest "ah-ha" is that you you don't need to have a website or even social media to have a business. 

One of the women I interviewed didn't have the greatest website and didn't have any social media accounts. 

Yet her business was easily making over $100k.  For all of us who grew up with the internet we automatically assume if we want to start a business, the first thing we need to do is set up a legit online presence. 

The problem with this is we can get so caught up in LOOKING like we have a business, that we forget to even validate our business idea. 

Don't let the cart get ahead of the horses. Test and validate your business idea first. 

After you know you have a good idea, then you can start setting up your online presence (that is if you feel like it will help you to bring in business).

Is there a theme you've noticed with the guests you've had on?

At one point or another all of them said, "I'm just going to do it."

We can get so caught up trying to perfect our ideas and best prepare for taking the leap. 

At a certain point though, you have to just jump in.  You might fail, and you will definitely fall along the way, but who cares.  You'll learn something with ever step you take, and if in the end taking a leap is a total flop, you'll be better prepared for the next leap!

For other themes you can check out the video I made to celebrate the show's 6 month anniversary which recaps the top 10 tips from guests: 

http://www.thebigleapshow.com/top-10-tips-taking-big-leap/ 

I love that you are also a life coach. You have managed to take things that you are super talented at, and are uniquely qualified to do, and made it an aspect of your business. Like Wordpress and creating websites for people as an example. I'd love to hear how you made this a business and what it takes to do that. 

My businesses all developed pretty naturally. 

After I quit my job as a software designer I began meeting tons of business owners who knew nothing about websites, email marketing, or social media while backpacking through Asia. 

I love doing all of those things, so when they started offering to pay me to help them I thought, "Why not?!" It meant more money to keep traveling, so I was happy to do it. 

The same thing happened with my coaching practice.  After switching my jobs multiple times, negotiating to double my salary, saving over $16,000 to quit my job and travel and then starting my own website consulting business I've gotten more and more strangers reaching out to me for help. 

In the beginning I did it for free, but overtime I developed it into its own coaching practice.

How did life coaching transition to the podcast, The Big Leap Show?

I've always like podcasts.  In fact when I was saving to quit my job, I would listen to shows on my way to work and back everyday.  The idea for The Big Leap Show came two years after starting my website consulting business.  In those two years I had met tons of fellow female business owners who would secretly share how freaking hard it was for them to start a business (especially when it seems like every other business owner via social media is killing it and "living the life"). 

I realized that nobody really talks about the hard stuff. 

The challenges, the fears, and how to work through them. 

So I created a show I wish I had when I first started.  Real conversations with badass women where we could pull back the curtain and talk about what it really took them to take the big leap to start a business of their own. 

What's one piece of golden advice you give your coaching clients that you could share with readers? 

Tap into your inner wise self and screw the inner critic. Our inner critic keeps us small and safe.  It tells us, "You're not ready, you don't know enough, it's already been done..." Begin tapping into your inner wise self by questioning your automatic beliefs.  Why do you not feel ready?  How could you become more ready?  Who can you ask for support or guidance? 

When you start asking questions and get curious, life gets a whole lot juicier ;)

What are some daily rituals that attribute to your success?

Oh so many I love rituals! 

My top two would have to be coffee and gratitude.  Every morning before getting to work I like to slowly make my coffee. 

This is my "All right let's do this baby" ritual. 

While it's brewing I like to think through what I need to accomplish that day and visualize myself completely all of it effortlessly.  Then every night before going to bed I write out everything I accomplished that day (both big and small) + little "moments of joy."  Moments of joy for me can be everything from catching up with an old friend to making a bomb dinner.  I find that writing my accomplishments plus moments of joy help me to find deep gratitude for the day and my life :)  

A bonus of doing this is on shitty days I can remember not to be so hard on myself by going back to my list and seeing all the progress I've made!

What's been the most exciting moment of 2016 for you?

Getting a dog! 

I work by myself from home, and it can get lonely.  My pup, Mr. Bernadino (or Bernie for short) has brightened my life because he is a total goof ball.  He not only makes me smile whenever I look at him, but he also forces me to actually go outside and see the sun.

What's challenging about what you do? 

Honestly, promoting myself out as a coach.  Like I mentioned my coaching practice came organically, so promoting myself is still uncomfortable.  To get through this, I have to remind myself that it's not about selling my services to people who don't want them, it's about sharing what I do so I can connect with and be in service of women who DO want them. 

Your life mantra is:

If you live each day to the fullest life only gets better

Where can people connect with you further?

Email: kathlyn@thebigleapshow.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/hustlynhart

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hustlynhart

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hustlynhart

Online: www.thebigleapshow.com


Such a badass, right? I love how down to earth, open and SMART this lady is. she is truly DOING IT in all the best ways possible. Living in flow and supporting others along the way. 

Okay, hopefully you loved this, I thought you would! Let me know what ya think, and if you know of any badass babes to interview, let a sister know!

Loving you!

xo

Krista

Photos via Kathlyn Hart on Instagram @hustlinhart

 

My favorite podcast episodes ever + an outfit to kick it in

Oh hello you!

So glad you're here. What's up? How are you? 

I've been wanting to share a list of my favorite podcasts (specific episodes!) with you forever! 

I the biggest fan of podcasts. It's like, my way of multi-tasking. I listen when I do almost everything, seriously. When I clean, when I'm chilling, when I'm walking... it keeps me:

  • Up to date with the world
  • Informed of new trends and topics
  • Interested in people 
  • Interesting in conversations

I know all I know because of podcasts probably. I wrote about my favorites here!

But in this post I want to write about the episodes that really stuck with me.

Oh and did I mention I'm doing a podcast?

With my friend Lindsey Simcik, that'll be launching in the next few weeks. I just finished making the website (my fourth website I've made!) and it's called the Almost Thirty Podcast. It's about your twenties and thirties, and how it's such a interesting and pivotal time in life. We'll bring on guests, answer questions, and chat about topics like 20's us/30's us, and Hundred/Not Hundred.

But anyway, if you don't do podcasts, DO! In the car, wherever. These are 5 of my favorite episodes from the past few months.


Podcast Episodes to listen to now:

Tara Brach is my girl. She's calming, present and speaks on topics that relate to spirituality, mindfulness and joy. Once a week she'll post a really good guided meditation. If you've never meditated this is a great way to get into it. It's only 5 minutes, so I use it to come back to presence. 

I really LOVED this podcast. It was great to hear the hosts talk in detail about a creative lifestyle, and balancing your creative life with your personal life. They asked some really good questions about what you need to be happy, and I felt like it just really flowed. This would be especially good for anyone whose a blogger or creative.

Rich Roll is my dude. Always dropping knowledge and keeping me up to date with important and thoughtful topics. This one in particular hit home because it's on a topic that I know little about. The fashion industry. Here Andrew Morgan talks about 'fast fashion' and the effect that super cheap clothing has on our environment, economy and world. 

Not sure if you saw my dope interview with The LadyGang - but these babes KILL ME. I love them. Listen to all their podcasts but this one in particular made me chuckle. 

I actually felt neutral about Chelsea Handler until this episode. She is so rad, for real. She owns her life, she's honest, but she also shows this really soft raw side of her, that's loving and open. I loved hearing the contrast between her and Anna (who is super sweet!) 

For real Shaun White is HILARIOUS. I had never known his story, how he rose to fame and how he made a BUSINESS out of it. Capitalizing on his Gold Medals to build a life that outlasts those moments. This one's a good one, and super entertaining.

Keegan Michael Key of Key and Peele is a true Legend. Hilarious, warm, and charismatic, hearing him do improv on this podcast is the coolest thing. He's super creative and HILARIOUS, I was crying laughing listening to it. 


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Shop the look:

TUC + WES Green Drape Jacket (sold out, similar from BB Dakota here

Adidas Superstar Kicks (On sale here! These are my EVERYTHING)

Tan Ribbed Dress

Turquoise Gold Chain Necklace


Other outfits to kick it in:

Easy Dresses

Drape Jackets

Comfy Shoes


LOL @ eyes closed. Sometimes ya just can't get it right ya know?

But anyway, let me know which podcasts are your favorite! I am SO down to listen to what you share!

Also want to be on our podcast? Let me know! We'd love to have ya ask a question or propose something for us to discuss!

WE.NEED.YOU!

Keep me posted on the ones you love. These are SERIOUSLY so good. 

Okay, love you!

xo

Krista