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A minute on the lips…

When I was a teenager, someone told me “remember, a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”.  I think of that now after the holidays when everyone (including myself) is trying to lose 5-10 pounds.  Ugh!  It’s not easy.

Losing just a few pounds requires effort.  You have to REALLY want it.  Fortunately, I’ve already shed 1 KG in 9 days from working out and eating right… feeling slightly hungry before bed, daily sweat sessions and cardio with the jump rope, reducing my intake of refined carbs and processed foods, and increasing my water consumption.  1KG is just 2.2 lbs, but it all adds up.

If you want to lose weight, you definitely can… but you need to be realistic and want it more than you want other lifestyle choices such as sugars, excess food, alcohol, laziness, and comfort.  YOU have control over what your body looks like, and you can choose to build your own body however you want and make a decision to live and eat well.  Maybe you’ve just skimmed over those last few sentences like “blah, blah, blah”… but it’s true that you really have complete control over the way you look.

Some of my tips for trimming up a bit:

  • Drink two large glasses of water after waking up and before meals.
  • Drink 1 large glass of water after each meal.
  • Make sure breakfast is 50% fruits; lunch & dinner are 50% vegetables.
  • Avoid eating and drinking foods that weren’t in existence in the 1800’s (this is a good one).
  • To curb cravings between meals, drink hot tea.
  • Limit fried foods and processed foods as much as possible.
  • Add psyllium husk to foods to increase bulk and aid digestion


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Jump!

Christian Bale from the movie "American Psycho"

Pop Quiz Hot-Shot: What you do when a ridiculously fit, focused, GQ, Christian Bale/American Psycho look-alike at the gym suggests you start jumping rope to burn more fat?  Here’s what you do – pick up a rope, and start skipping baby.  And so it begins….

I picked up a weighted jump-rope in the gym yesterday, turned on my i-pod shuffle, and hopped around for twenty minutes, I felt absolutely FANTASTIC!  Definitely better than walking at a level 7 on the treadmill watching Nigella Lawson’s baking show on TLC.  I was seriously sweating and it felt great… then I followed it up with one hour of weights.  It reminded me about the awesomeness which is jumping rope.

  • Reminds you of being a kid
  • You can move at various speeds
  • Burns insane fat and calories – the best cardio workout ever!!!!
  • You won’t get bored as easily as you might on stationary cardio equipment
  • Easy to travel with a jump rope
  • You look like a cool ninja-type person
  • You get seriously toned legs and a great tush

It isn’t exactly a revelation – I’ve done lots of skipping in the past one year – but not since Thanksgiving.  Plus, my brother actually gave me an amazing jump-rope for Christmas… so I’m starting to see the writing on the wall.  GQ-hottie couldn’t have reminded me about the benefits at a better time either… it’s just about time to start planning a beach & bikini getaway!

 

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Look and feel your best in 2011

Resolve to look and feel your best in 2011 with positive changes in your lifestyle, habits, and appearance.  See the below for my take on building a healthier and more attractive body.


1.  Create S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound).  It’s easy to say “I want to lose weight in 2011″ but you need to consider the details.  For example, “I want to lose 4 pounds each month for 5 months so I will be 20 pounds slimmer by June 1st.  I will reduce my caloric intake by 500/day by cutting refined foods (alcohol, candy, white bread) and begin walking at least 20 minutes per day.”  S.M.A.R.T goals will help you achieve.

2.  People in great shape look and feel better.  Would you pay USD$5,000 right now for the body of your dreams?  Of course you would!  Ok, so use that money and purchase a gym membership, personal training, new workout gear/clothes, a kayak, hiking boots, etc.  Commit to your decision to look and feel better.

3. Book an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss products for your age and skin-type.  Maybe you want a few injections or fillers, scars/pigmentation/veins removed, or just need to drink more water and sleep better.  A dermatologist will tell you the truth and hook you up with the products and creams to suit you best.

4.  Find a wonderful salon/spa.  I rave about the Mandarin Oriental Salon (HK) because they are specialists with hair, face, feet, nails, etc.  Invest in a relationship with a wonderful stylist and technician and trust them on beauty and grooming advice.  Look after yourself.

5.  If possible, only buy fresh food.  It’s that simple.  Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, dairy, nuts, eggs, tofu, whole grain breads… and even chocolates.  Consider buying chocolates from See’s Candies which expire relatively quickly vs. packaged chocolate that lasts 6-12+ months on the shelf.   Always go fresh and try to avoid needing to open a wrapper to consume your food.

6.  Take care of your wardrobe.  If it has a stain, a hole, reminds you of a bad experience, hasn’t been worn for 2 years, or you just don’t like it – it’s out.  Don’t rationalize or feel guilty for getting rid of it.  Use a dry-cleaning service to ensure your clothes look their best, purchase lint-rollers for home/work/car, take your shoes to the cobbler seasonally for care and upkeep, use jewelry cleaner regularly, and buy quality hangers so your garments hang properly.  www.imageandlifestyle.com for my personal shopping and style services.

7.  Smile and de-stress.  Take a holiday, get more sleep, book spa appointments, watch a movie with a glass of wine… do whatever it takes to chill out.  Make your happiness, goals, and health a top priority for the new year.

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Workout Music to Motivate – 3

Hello Fitness Lovers,
Move your bod with these 10 songs that flow with a workout perfectly from the minute you press play.  Crank it up and sweat it out!  Even if you just dance around in your socks in front of your mirror at home   🙂  To start us off right, a bit of Ton Loc  – Let’s do it!

  1. Wild Thing – Tone-Loc
  2. On to the Next One – (feat. Swizz Beatz) Jay-Z
  3. Booty Bounce Bopper – The Pack
  4. I Like It (feat. Pitbull) – Enrique Iglesias
  5. OMG (feat. will.i.am) – Usher
  6. Remedy – Little Boots
  7. Dance In the Dark – Lady GaGa
  8. I Like It – (feat. Dolla Will) Too $hort
  9. Work  – (feat. Missy Elliott) Ciara
  10. Erotic  – Keyshia Cole

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I-pad Amazing for Fitness

Hello Fitness Buddies,

My sleek & chic i-pad just arrived from the US and I am pleased as punch!  After a quick charge, it connected seamlessly to the internet and I was off and running within seconds.  Without cables or complications, and large enough to truly use it (as opposed to a phone-sized gadget) I had an instant crush.  I held it in my hands ready to DO something cool.

First task: download favorite photos and do a little slide show.  Easy!

Second task:  Integrate this attractive new toy with my love of fitness and health.  Again – easy!  Sign up to i-tunes (free) and look in their store for tons of impressive applications designed for i-pods, i-pads, and i-phones.  Fitness and health applications are perfect for novice or expert fitness levels with information on personal training, workouts, individual exercises, calorie counters, pedometers, yoga moves, etc.  Below with a list of convenient applications to teach, motivate, and organize your workouts.  Since most applications cost just a few dollars, you have nothing to lose by trying them out on your path to getting healthier.

These creative and smart applications are sure to inspire and motivate you:

  1. i-trainer = $3.99
  2. All-in-Fitness = $1.99
  3. Interval Timer = $1.99
  4. Zigyt (agility training drills) $1.99
  5. Yoga spot (free and paid)
  6. Food Tracker Pro = $1.99
  7. Burn and Eat+ = $.99
  8. Wellness Calculator Suite = $1.99
  9. Pocket Yoga HD = $3.99
  10. MyNetDiary = $9.99
  11. Glycemic Index and Load = $3.99

With such reasonable application prices and easy to use tools, everyone can learn more about fitness and create their own strategy for exercise, health, and nutrition.   Yay!

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Workout Music to Motivate – 2

Hello Fitness Lovers,

Below with 13 songs to get your heart rate up, put a smile on your face, and load into your MP3 for your next awesome workout!  I particularly like Baby Got Back from way back in the day  🙂

  1. Beautiful – Akon, Colby O’Donis & Kardinal
  2. Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada
  3. Addicted (Full Club Mix) [feat. Hadley] – Serge Devant Ultra Trance 09
  4. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
  5. Unusual You – Britney Spears
  6. Infinity (Klaas Vocal Mix) – Guru Josh Project
  7. My Chick Bad – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
  8. Young Forever (feat. Mr. Hudson) – Jay-Z
  9. Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) – Taio Cruz
  10. Let’s Get Crazy (feat. Akon) – Cassie
  11. Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake) – Timbaland
  12. Jump (Malinchak Club Mix Radio Edit) – Flo Rida
  13. Take U Home 2 My Mama – The-Dream

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