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The Top 4 FIT Tips to Survive the Holiday Hoopla!

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It’s December 21st and we are plowing through the holiday season!

Have you been to four parties in the last week and vowed after each to say “no” to the passed apps and another mistletoe martini?  It’s ok, you’re human!

Use the following 4 top FIT tips to make the next few weeks of seasonal soires less guilt ridden!

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The Princess Project: Pre-Holiday SOS Diet!

diets that work, how to avoid holiday weight gain, holiday weight gain, The Princess ProjectGobble! Gobble!

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and that means so is the “open season” of eating we call The Holidays!

It starts with you behaving by sticking to the crudite before your meal. You plan to eat some white meat and salad, but then you have a glass of wine. Before you know it, you’re sampling stuffing, some potatoes, and pie. Then the pie goes a-la-mode and the diet goes hasta la vista!

Even as a dairy-avoiding-vegetarian, overeating packs on the pounds. I have been dieting diligently for a few months now and really don’t want to ruin the seven pound weight loss that I have earned. I am also being realistic that this month is the start of  major mealtime-meltdowns!

With that, I present to you my holiday eating damage control diet: SOS!

I think it’s the perfect rescue from drowning in a sea of calories this Holiday Season, so read on for more!

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The Princess Project: A Royal Apology!

The Princess Project, weight loss advice, how to beat holiday weight gainOhhh me oh my, how time flies by!

For anyone who was following my diet reviews, no I did not starve to death on the Skinny Bitch Diet!

I hit a bit of a rough patch (work-life imbalance!) and before I knew it, days are flying by postless and m.i.a. I am sorry for the interruption, but I am back 🙂

I did stick to The Bitch for the month of September and I did lose about 5lbs by the end of it. I was able to ditch caffeine, meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and most white devils (sugar, flour, salt).

Find out how I’ve been doing and my holiday binge buster too!

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The Princess Project: Week One Review of the Skinny Bitch Diet

The Princess Project, The Skinny Bitch Diet, how to go vegan, diets that workVeggie love is in da house!

I will admit that I am already a dairy avoiding pescatarian, but The Bitch takes it all the way the max. No meat, no seafood, no dairy. Also, just like doing  laundry, the diet doesn’t want whites (sugar,flour,rice) anywhere near your colors (veggies and fruits)!

The results? Lots of extra energy and weight loss to boot! Find out more about what I’m eating and how it’s working on the Skinny Bitch Diet!

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The Princess Project: Day One of The Skinny Bitch Diet!

The Princess Project, the best diet advice, diets that workAhh, vacation! A little break from reality and, despite my best efforts, from dieting as well.

I did my best to stick to eating clean, practicing portion control, and to keeping up at the gym. For the most part, it worked. I didn’t gain any weight, but I didn’t lose any either.

It’s time to detox, and that’s going to be a real ‘bitch”. A Skinny Bitch that is!

Despite any negative connotations, this diet couldn’t be further from it’s moniker! Read on to find out the skinny on The Skinny Bitch Diet!

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The Not-So-Amazing Acai Berry Diet!

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Last week, shortly after I blogged about the potential health and anti-aging benefits of adding Acai to your diet on FightFineLines.com, the FITFineLines team came across an incredible news story!

Reporter Julia Miller at News 6 took it upon herself to try the “Acai Optimum” and “Advanced Colon Diet” for 4 weeks (This sounds surprisingly similar to The Princess Project right here on FIT!). After 4 weeks, she lost 25 pounds with no special diet, and no intense exercise! Sounds like the mighty Acai just got mightier!!

This amazing “news report,” impressed us until we read the fine print:

“…THIS WEBSITE IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE ACHIEVABLE FROM USING THIS/THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT THE STORY/COMMENTS DEPICTED ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY.”

We quickly realized that we were looking at an advertisement for a fasting/cleansing type set of products, and NOT a real news story. Bummer dude…

I’ll refer to my own personal “Homeostasis Food Plan”, which you’ll be reading more about very soon, for an explanation of why cleanses, colonics and detoxes are pseudo medicine and not recommended by western doctors:

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The Princess Project: Review of the Special K Challenge!

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I can’t believe another two weeks of dieting are over!

I am wrapping up my tryst with The Special K Challenge and have to admit that this carb-centric kick actually did some good!

Read on to find out the skinny on Special K!

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The Top 5 Vital Vitamins for Healthy Skin!

the best vitamins and minerals for your skin, how to get great skin, the best skin care adviceby Jason Agnello

We all know that we can fight fine lines by eating clean and filling up our plates with lots of colorful fruits and veggies. The question is, do you know which vitamins and minerals your skin really wants you to take in?

Keep reading for the top five vital vitamins and minerals for your skin!

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Meatless Monday! The Top 5 Reasons to Go Veg One Day a Week!

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Ahh, Monday! A fresh start to a new week full of possibilities.Why not begin your week with a healthy and positive change by going meatless?

No, we’re not preaching some hippy-hellfire telling you to banish burgers forever. Instead, we are suggesting you take a minute to think about the positive changes and health effects of reducing the amount of saturated fat that you consume in your diet.

Skip the sausage and bacon on Monday morning, and read on for 5 health-boosting bonuses of skipping meat one day a week!

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The Princess Project: End of Week One of The Special K Challenge

The Princess Project, diets that work, the Special K diet, the Special K ChallengeOne week down, and one pound down as well!

The Special K Challenge (SKC) has been making meal planning insanely easy. Two out of three meals a day consist of a bowl of cereal! I have also been following the plan’s recommendation of munching on two different Special K snack items (one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon), and adding a serving of fruit with my meals.

With eight flavors of cereal, fifteen snack options, and eight additional meal-supplement products there is a lot of variety to keep you from getting bored.

Read on for my picks of the week and also for a tasty SKC recipe too!

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The Princess Project: End of Round 1, The Eat Clean Diet

The Princess Project, diets that work, how to lose weight fast, The eat Clean Diet, The Special K ChallengeI can’t believe that July is already over!

I just completed Round 1 of The Princess Project, which was The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. Over the past month I followed several different “Eat Clean” meal plans, worked my butt off at the gym, and blogged about it along the way! I’m now ready to move on to Round Two, and a whole new diet strategy.

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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!

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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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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!

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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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The Princess Project: Days 2 Through 5 of The Eat Clean Diet

The Princess Project, The Eat Clean DietI survived the 4th of July without exploding my whole diet!

I said it would be a challenge, and it was. I have to admit that I “indulged” in two cheat meals, but I really did my best to make them as clean as possible, and enjoyed them tremendously! I have also been kicking my booty big time at the gym, so I’m hoping to still see a little change in the scale at the end of Week One.

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Need a Diet Boost? Try the 21-Day Power Lunch Challenge!

You’re getting sleepy, verrrry sleeepy! That post-lunch slump is brutal, especially when you have a late afternoon meeting, or worse, you have another 5 hours until your shift ends.

Consider a midday makeover. No, not Botox on your break! Recharge with this diet challenge in the latest Veg Times!

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Kelly Bensimon’s Diet Revealed! See How the Real NYC Housewife Stays So Lean

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There’s no denying that Kelly Killoren Bensimon has a body that could rival  women even 20 years younger than her, but we’re wondering if she’s taking her dieting a little too far. Should she change her name to “ANA“? In a recent article on The Huffington Post, Kelly reveals what she eats in a day. Check out how this super cut cougar keeps the calories way down!  Continue reading

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The Princess Project: Day 1 of the Eat Clean Diet

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Does 6 meals a day, eating all the food groups, and not starving yourself sound like a diet? Well, it is! Welcome to The Eat Clean Diet- Recharged. Created by fitness competitor and nutrition expert, Tosca Reno, this “diet” is actually more of a a lifestyle change. The idea is to fuel your body with “clean” foods, flush fat and toxins with water, and stabilize your systems. Read on for a sample of a day’s worth of meals, and how I’m feeling after my first day!

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The Princess Project

The Princess Project, The Eat Clean Diet, diets that workI want to be a “25”  again before I turn “35“. If you’re thinking, “Don’t we all?”, you’re probably around the same age as me, and dreaming of your wild nights out and being able to survive on 4 hours of sleep every night. What I really mean though, is that I have a pair of ultra sexy, J Brand jeans that are a size “25“, and I did fit in them when I bought them 2 years ago (in my 30’s!). Now, they just lay there, patiently waiting to go out one night, like a lonely housewife.

The Princess Project, Eat-Clean Diet, best diets, fitnessMy plan of action:

  1. try a new diet every 30 days
  2. hit the gym regularly
  3. take control of my body for the rest of my life!

This is The Princess Project; follow me to learn, laugh, and lose!

First diet starts July 1: The Eat Clean Diet awaits!

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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:

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Big Apple BBQ Block Party

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Big Apple BBQ Block Party

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Stuck in a Diet Rut? Try the 21-Day Power Lunch Challenge!

lunch break, diet, weight loss, fitness, beautyInstead of plopping down in front of the TV on your lunch hour, try the 21-day “Power Lunch Challenge”.  Munch, Move, and Meditate… Click here to read more!

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Jennifer Aniston’s Fab Abs… And Our Top 3 Tips on How To Get Them!

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Jennifer Aniston looks like she’s in the best shape of her life in her recent Smart Water ad. Sexy arms, toned legs, and a super lean midsection… Want abs like Jen’s? No problem… check out our Top 3 Tips to get ’em.

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Gimme The Skinny On The Baby Food Diet!

What’s so great about the Baby Food Diet?  Why are stars like Jen Aniston and Lady Gaga raving about it?  Click here to find out.

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