The Making of Pepper Potts

I have just traversed the globe doing promotion for Ironman 2, getting asked the same question repeatedly: how did I get in shape for the movie? Well, I am not going to lie, the process was an arduous one. I asked my business partner and trainer Tracy Anderson if she would share with us the terrifically difficult leg series she made for me to do during the filming of the movie. This 26-minute long video was an amazing start for getting the butt and legs I had always hoped for. I did this leg series after doing 45 minutes of Tracy’s dance cardio and her arm series (these can be found on her DVDs). Also, to really get in line, I followed her strict diet for 5 days to lose my extra winter weight. Now, I am not a good dieter and I cannot ever do it for long, only when there is a goal in sight, which there was in this case. This regime got me into the shape of my life and I continue to return to it when I have a specific event so that I can do ridiculous things like be a 37-year-old mother of two and wear shorts! An extra special thank you to Tracy for her generosity in providing us with this incredible content!

Work it baby,

Love, gp

P.S. Before embarking on a diet or exercise regimen, be sure to check with your physician first.

Ironman 2 Daily Prep

7:00 am

Wake up, have a green tea.


Either a Think Thin bar or a Clean Shake.

Clean Shake

  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • a handful of blueberries (optional)
  • A level scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Move” powder
  • A scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Nourish” powder

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: Breakfast is a good time to take your daily multivitamin.

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Work-out time. Here’s a teaser for one of my workouts for Ironman 2.

Do this video plus 45 minutes of dance cardio. Tracy Anderson has several dance cardio DVD’s available for beginners and upwards.

Kale Juice

Post-workout kale juice

This is an incredibly healthy, refreshing way to start your day. Kale is full of calcium and antioxidants and just about everything else—it’s one of the best things you can put into your system. When juiced with a bit of lemon and agave, kale turns into a sort-of grassy lemonade. No worries if you don’t have a juicer, a blender and a sieve do the trick.

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1:00 pm Lunch

Tracy sent me a few suggestions for a few healthy wraps, both vegan and non-vegetarian.

Vegan Option #1

  • 1 Mountain Valley Wrap (super low-carb, low-calorie, tortilla wraps that you can find at your local health food store)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of Almond Butter
  • Chopped Dates

Vegan Option #2

  • Mountain Valley Wrap
  • 1 Avocado
  • Tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Jicama slivers

Non-Vegetarian Option

  • Mountain Valley Wrap
  • Oven roasted turkey plain (no salt)
  • Tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • 1tbsp honey mustard (Mix 1 tbsp mustard with 1 tsp honey)

Lemony Grilled Chicken

I came up with this recipe as an alternative to the wraps in order to add a little variety to lunch time.

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Marinate the chicken breast in lemon juice and a tiny (emphasis on tiny) bit of olive oil. Season well and grill. Serve with the steamed vegetable or vegetable salad of your choice.


A few snacks to hold you over until dinner:
A small handful of almonds.
A GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha (note: Be sure to stick with the bottles labeled GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha over the Synergy Organic & Raw varieties, as these have fruit juice in them.)
Kale Juice


Turkey Kale Soup

Turkey Kale Soup

Tracy Anderson shared this recipe with GP when she was getting ready to play Pepper Pots. Though super-low calorie, it does not lack in flavor.

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Chopped Veggie Salad

Chop the vegetables of your choice into small pieces and dress with a light vinaigrette. I recommend shallots which add an extra kick. Here’s a combination I particularly like:

  • The lettuce of your choice
  • Steamed beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Basil

Note: Be sure to rotate the recipes to keep the days interesting.