Monthly Archives: July 2010

No “Butts” About It! Work Your Way Toward a Beauty of a Booty!

This pic gives a whole new meaning to “Coco Puffs“!

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My mouth fell open as I came across these surreal pictures of Nicole “Coco” Austin’s bodacious booty! While I think it’s pretty obvious that there’s a ton of silicone in that valley, the article in Huff Po quotes her crediting doing “squats in stripper heels” to acquire her,um, assets.

Lunges in lucite stilettos may not be catching on as the newest fad in training your tush, butt check out a few  kick-butt non traditional moves ( no squats or lunges!) that were recently highlighted in Oxygen Magazine!

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The Princess Project: End of Week Three of The Eat Clean Diet

the princess project, the eat clean diet, diets that workThis was the week of cukes-and-zukes!

I completed one week of Tosca’sCooler One” meal plan, which was a big change from the rest of The Eat Clean Diet so far. I ate more cucumbers and zucchini than I’ve ever had in my life! Yes, I really wanted more carbs than the plan allows, but I did my best 99% of the week, and I lost another pound!

Take a peek at what I learned this week and how to make the cooler one plan work for you too! Continue reading

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The Princess Project: Week 2 of The Eat Clean Diet

The Eat Clean Diet, The Princess Project, how to lose weight, diets that workI’ve been an Eat Clean-vegan all , and am feeling fantastic! I’ve lost three pounds total, so far, and am heading to the beach today…in a bikini!

People tend to think that a vegan diet is super bland and restrictive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The Eat Clean Diet already promotes cutting down on dairy (no one ever lost weight on the “eat cheese diet”), avoiding alcohol, and sticking to lean proteins, so veg’ eating fits the bill perfectly!

Read on for some tips on adopting some vegan-ism into your diet and also for the recipe of the quick, delish Eat Clean snack I’m packing in my beach bag ! Continue reading

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Breathe Deep to Fight Fine Lines!

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Are you looking for ways to keep yourself looking and feeling young?

Start now, by using your very own built-in stress regulator, your lungs! Breathwork is just one technique that can help you to relax, look refreshed, and even to perform like a champion.  Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have long touted the benefits of breathwork. Yogis devote their entire lives to pranic practice. Thanks to researchers like Dr. Andrew Weil, we’re learning more about how and why it works. Dr. Weil’s audiobook: “Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing” is a great starting point for how to harness the benefits of breathing.

Read on to find out how breathwork can beat stress and help you live younger for longer! Continue reading

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How to Lose Your “Baby-weight” Like Gwyneth Paltrow!

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Having a baby is one of the most life-altering experiences a woman can have, but after the baby arrives, we’re often left with major physically-altering changes as well!

Post-baby body issues aren’t just for the girl-next-door. Even the stars have to struggle, as Gwyneth Paltrow recently revealed in an interview with  the Press Association (PA). It’s normal for a woman to gain about 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. It’s also normal for it to take 3 months to a year to lose your “baby fat”.

Read on to find out what Ms. Paltrow has to say about her experience beating the baby weight, and some FIT tips for you to do the same! Continue reading

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The Princess Project: End of Week Two of the Eat Clean Diet

The Princess Project, the Eat Clean Diet, What diets work, how to lose weightWeek two is up, and I am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds!

It was a tough week all around. I had to travel all day on Thursday, but managed to still eat clean. I really aimed to buckle down on the portion sizes and eating 5 meals a day. I even brought my own leftover veggie rice noodles to eat on the plane, and while I’m sure no one else appreciated the fragrant onions and garlic, I was happy to have stuck to my plan!

I also kept it up at the gym. Saturday morning, I took a step aerobics class for the first time since the 90’s. It should have been called “kick” because that’s what it did to my body! The instructor did a phenomenal job of mixing things up with step, weights, Bosu, and abs. I have to say that the biggest motivator for me was keeping up with my 60-something mom! Kudos to you, Sue (and happy birthday!).

What I learned this week:

  1. Buy re-usable containers in the sizes you need to help you keep proper portions. Don’t be cheap! Once you have them, they make life way easier.
  2. Mix up your workout as often as you can! I can’t believe that a step aerobics class challenged me as much as it did. Working out with a friend helps too!
  3. Persistence pays! The scale finally moved!

My goals for Week 3:

  1. I’m going for the Vegan Meal Plan this week! That means paying extra attention to ingredients, avoiding too much processed vegetarian fare, and keeping track of  carbs. Tosca’s vegan meal plan in The Eat Clean Diet book is excellent and motivated me to go back to being a super-veg for the week!
  2. 6 work outs this week!
  3. Lose another 2 pounds. This isn’t going to be easy, but I really want it!

I’ll check in to keep you posted on the week, workouts, and what I’m eating. I feel a recipe or two coming on as well 😉

Check out this article on Jessica Simpson’s extreme vegan diet to see how to do it  right!

Would you go vegan to lose weight?

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The Princess Project:Day 6 of The Eat Clean Diet and Deep Conditioning

The Princess Project, The Eat Clean Diet, fast weight lossThe Eat Clean Diet isn’t the only thing conditioning my body back into shape. I have been hitting the gym regularly and HARD!

The worst part about beginning to weight train and exercise again is the pain that comes with the process of building up muscle strength and endurance. You feel like you got hit by a Mack truck!

These “training pains” are a very important and unavoidable phase of getting in shape. There’s actually a name for this process: conditioning. Since I haven’t completely been out of the gym, I am re-charging my body with some intense weight and cardio combos.

Here’s an example of today’s workout, which was created for me by Dr. Nicholas Vendemia. He’s a NYC Plastic Surgeon with years of experience in the fitness industry, including a ongoing collaboration with the trainers of Equinox Gyms in Manhattan. Continue reading

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