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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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Today was a very “un-FIT” day at the Big Apple BBQ Block Party!

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2010It’s one of the greatest weekends of the year in NYC!

The Big Apple BBQ Block Party is all about meat, meat, and MORE meat… and believe me, there’s way more meat than you could ever eat.

Too many calories? Absolutely!  Worth every bite? You bet!

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Take a look at the damage I did today:

  • Pulled Pork: 2 freakin’ delicious servings = 800 calories
  • Home-made Sausage: 2 monster-size links = 850 calories
  • Beef Brisket: 1 super tender serving = 305 calories
  • Soft Roll: 1/2 serving = 80 calories
  • BBQ Sauce: 5 servings (10tbsp) = 350 calories
  • BBQ Beans: 1/2 serving = 100 calories
  • Coleslaw: 1 serving = 65 calories
  • Blueberry Cobbler a la mode: 1 serving = 450 calories

TOTAL = 3000 calories!!!

big apple bbq block partyNow take a look at my exercise options to make up for this superstar Pigout!

  • Treadmill: 4 hours
  • Stepmill: 4.6 hours
  • Stairmaster: 6 hours
  • Stationary Bike: 7.1 hours
  • Weightlifting: 11 hours
  • Yoga: 13 hours

See you later… I gotta get to the gym!

Here’s some pics from today:

Big Apple BBQ Block Party


Big Apple BBQ Block Party


Big Apple BBQ Block Party



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The Top 3 Signs That Your Cardio Isn’t Cutting It

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We’ve all seen it… that gal (or guy) at the gym who never seems to break a sweat. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Imagine being able to do your cardio, get changed, and head home all without ever needing to shower. Sounds good right?

Wrong! There’s a difference between “going to the gym” and working out.  Make sure you know which is which if you want to get results.

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