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New Year New You Workout Ideas & More – What are you doing to get in shape after the holidays? Did you eat too many buttermilk and pecan pies this holiday season? How were those peppermint barks and eggnogs? Did you have one more indulgence on New Year’s Day before putting it all away? Every New Year people start off with good intentions and then it all falls away by February 15th. Suddenly it is the long President’s Day weekend and everyone feels like they need to take a long weekend diet break and eat pizza again. Here are a few ideas on what to do to stay on track.
- Workout Daily – Working out daily might sound like a lot of work, but one way to approach working out is to not put too much pressure on yourself. Think of working out as something that you can gradually build upon daily. If you take your dog for a walk in the am before work, make sure the walk is brisk and takes you 20 minutes. Do that same walk after dinner with the dog and you just did 40 minutes worth of working out that day. Put in another 20 minutes after dinner while watching television. Instead of just sitting there and watching television get on the floor and stretch or do some planks and a few burpees. Do 2 minutes of planks and burpees during each commercial break. That will add up to 10 minutes of planks and burpees while you wait for your show to come back on. Taking the stairs or walking to lunch instead of driving is another way to get in some extra steps daily. A little adds up to a lot.
- Don’t Diet – Instead of dieting, make your lifestyle about eating well. In the am drink a full glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning and make egg whites with whole grain whole seed bread like Dave’s Killer Bread .Â This protein and fiber packed start to your day will give you tons of energy and keep you full so you won’t want to indulge in donuts in the break room at work. At lunch, make a conscious decision to eat a salad. Choose to eat a salad with a protein that you like. Eating a saladÂ will add more fiber to your daily diet and you won’t feel exhausted and need a nap by the time lunch is over. Bring some Skinny Pop PopcornÂ in a ziploc bag to work and munch on it as a snack in the afternoon. AÂ healthy snack will keep you satiated so you don’t run to the vending machines for a candy bar. At home, always prepare chopped vegetables and have them ready to cook or make into salads for dinner. Defrost those proteins you want to use for the eveningÂ in the fridge so that a healthy meal is less than 15 minutes away. This way you won’t be starving by dinner time and grabbing something unhealthy while waiting for dinner.
- Fun Activewear – Get some fun workout activewearÂ to add to your wardrobe so you are motivated to get moving before or after work and on the weekends. Fun printed camo leggings and printed tees with fun messages Â and a warmÂ down camo print vestÂ will make you look and feel great and want to get moving. My moto is “when you look great you also feel great.”
- Make Exercise and Eating Healthy Fun – Don’t think about getting in shape and eating better as a chore. Make eating well and being healthy a fun activity. Chop up vegetables in lots of fun colors and display them on a platter. Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating boring foods. Colorful green celery, red peppers, orange carrots make a pretty display when cut up with some hummus. Working out is fun when you take a brisk walk through an area full of stores with pretty window displays. As you have fun doing these activities, you will find yourself getting in shape in the New Year without any of it feeling like a chore.
Inspiration post the Kelly Ripa Exercise and Diet Routine is something every working woman should try to emulate for the New Year. When I was looking for inspiration in my New Year diet routine I decided to use Kelly Ripa. Because Â I am petite at 5 feet 2 inches in height, I decided that my fitness inspiration had to be someone like Kelly Ripa and not someone like Miranda Kerr who was 5 feet 10 inches tall.
After I chose my fitness inspiration I looked at someone who had a daily routine that mimicked my daily routine in that I have to work daily and have to take care of my kids and family. I wanted someone who actually had a normal schedule and had to deal with family and not someone who did not have a family and could work out any time they chose during the course of the day. Thus, Kelly Ripa was my choice because she works daily taping a show and has to go home to three kids who she has to eat dinner with and possibly help with homework etc so her daily time for herself had to be scheduled in. Granted Kelly Ripa does have full time help and probably a person who helps cook for her on a daily basis so it is probably easier for her to juggle her workout schedule, we can all aspire to be good to ourselves and schedule at least 30 minutes a day to do some type of workout a day to maintain our health.
When asked about her diet Kelly Ripa said she tries to make sure she makes healthy meals for her family that include salads like the one where she adds feta cheese, watermelon, and blueberries together. She said her diet was mostly about eating healthily and working out daily. Nutritionists have always said that it was 80% food and 20% exercise since it would take at least 3 hours in a day to run off a 800 calorie meal from a fast food restaurant versus making healthy choices that were filling and nutritious for our bodies like good fats, veggies, fruits, and high quality proteins that would fill us up without unnecessary fats and sugars that would only add to our weight gain.
Here is a video of Kelly Ripa’s workout that she does 4 to 5 times a week on top of adding Soul Cycle or other exercises to the mix for the other days of the week. She works out daily so that she can worry less about her eating. She talks about varying her workouts and eating healthily to keep her mind and body healthy. From research on the internet it looks like she weighs just about 100 pounds and that is a little light for someone of her height, but the camera does had 10 to 20 pounds so she does have to be slimmer than the rest of us since it is her job to look good. That being said, she is all muscle and her routine works for her.
In an interview Kelly Ripa even said that if someone does not have time to hit the gym or workout with a trainer they can just walk because walking is a great exercise. I agree. Sometimes when I am in a rush and cannot get to a Cardio Barre class or the gym to run for an hour I just take my dog for her daily walk and run for 10 minutes. It is good for me and good for the dog. And to get in a little bit extra I will take a walk during lunch.
What have you done for your exercise routine? Did you choose someone to be inspired by? Are you going to change your diet? Are you going to exercise more?
For additional motivation, I like to buy new workout clothes every year after New Year’s to motivate me to get back into the gym and workout towards my goal of bikini season for the summer. My favorite brand is the Adidas by Stella McCartney workout gear. Check it out here.
Here is a video of Kelly Ripa also working out with trainer to Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Richie doing the Tracy Anderson Method which is a dance cardio routine.
Instead of paying $500 a month to be a member of one of Â Tracy Anderson’s gyms you can buy her workout to use at home. Tracy Anderson – Metamorphosis by Tracy – Omnicentric – 4 DVD Set.
Don’t tell me you have not thought about it. I sure have and I am thinking about getting one. How many hours do you spend at your desk daily? Do you feel like you are spending tons of time at your desk and getting fat? Is your blogging job killing your New Year’s resolution?
After adopting a walk more mentality and spending more time walking with my dog I still have those days where I am just unable to fit in the time to get in that hour of exercise being sitting down at my desk between traveling to events, meetings, and picking up my daughter at school.
My sister suggested this to me and I think it is a great idea. Forget about whistling while you work how about just burning calories and losing weight while you work? I like that idea.
TheÂ TrekDesk Treadmill DeskÂ $528.88 on sale. It is definitely a no brainer since it is probably a write off as a work expense. It is a desk after all…
Have you ever thought to yourself “if I had a private trainer come to my house like the celebrities I would be fit and healthy”? I always thought that too and realized what I was missing was someone to motivate me daily. Recently, I had the pleasure of taking one of Marc’s classes, training on his new site, and interviewing Marc Montemerlo regarding his new site to help me loose weight. His site is called Skinnymenow. I found that Marc Montemerlo is exactly the type of motivator I needed in my life daily. Marc is energetic and passionate about exercise and nutrition, and his energy is contagious when you read his site.
Marc is a celebrity fitness trainer and has trained many celebrities through his various weekly classes. Now Marc is bringing his expertise to everyone in America who does not live in Hollywood, but wants the same great tips and tricks of the celebrities to get fit and look great.
Read the interview I had with Marc and click here to check out how to loose weight now with Skinnymenow for yourself. It is an amazing eating and workout plan that will get you into shape fast. I am really enjoying it and find that I am full of energy daily as a result of the foods.
My Skinnymenow program that I have developed over the years is a jump start to a new healthier, sexier YOU. What makes it different? Well, first and foremost â€“ itâ€™s SIMPLE. Most of the health and fitness sites that are out there today are so complicated that you can barely make it to the ACTUAL program after filling in all the pages and pages of sign-up and set-up info. Not to mention, there are just way too many options and choices, and I find a lot of my clients get overwhelmed and end up DOING NOTHING because they canâ€™t figure out which option to do!
Skinnymenow is safe and simple. I am by your side holding your hand and motivating you every step of the way through videos and emails and guarantee that if you follow this program you WILL see results.
3.) Do you help with an eating regimen in your program?
5.) What is your favorite snack food?
6.) Do you endorse a cheat day in the diet / workout ?
10.) Which workout clothes and shoes do you think I should buy for my workout? Brands?
If you want the Adidas Megabounce that Marc likes – click the photo here to buy them now so you can have them at your house ready for you to workout in a few days! Free shipping and no tax.
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11.) Is there a difference in workout mentality between the US and where you are from?
12.) What do you love about working out?
Working out makes me feel energized, connected and well balanced. It’s great to know that after every workout I have achieved something. It helps me clear my mind and make space for renewal. Isn’t that what it’s all about? A sense of achievement and clarity that we can then apply to all the different facets of our lives!
I recently read the article in Shape Magazine about Debra Messing losing 42 pounds over 3 years from her pregnancy. She spoke about how she was depressed because every other celebrity was losing their baby weight in 6 weeks while it took her 3 years to lose all the baby weight.
I found the article to be honest and empowering for normal women who have weight to lose, do not have personal chefs, and need to go to work daily.
Debra Messing also talked about the MBT shoes that she wears whenever she is not working to help tone her abs and legs. I did a little research on the MBT shoes and found out MBT shoes are physiological footwear – the first footwear that has a positive effect on the entire body. MBT stands for “Masai Barefoot Technology.” MBT sneakers and casual shoes are designed using a multi-layered, curved sole which makes for a unique and rewarding walking experience. Few shoes can keep your muscles engaged in a purposeful way, but this is what MBT has done.
The many benefits of MBT shoes are not only substantiated by numerous scientific studies; they are also being enjoyed on a daily basis by more and more health- and fitness-conscious people who improve their physical fitness by merely wearing this physiological footwear. MBT shoes can activate neglected muscles and tone and shape the entire body.
Once I found all this information out, I had to buy myself a pair. I got mine a week ago and have been wearing them everywhere I go. I love them and feel that my legs are feeling like they are getting a workout.
Other fans of these shoes include Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna.
Click the photos if you are interested in seeing for yourself:
Another great shoe brand I found were the Earth shoes. These shoes are also the same concept as the MBT with a few more styles for running, flats, and boots. Click these photos below to get a closer look at the Earth brand:
Now that the holidays are coming to an end, I have found that I am 5 pounds heavier than I was before Thanksgiving. For someone who is not very tall, 5 pounds is a lot of weight to put on.
I only remember a frenetic amount of eating daily from Thanksgiving until after Christmas. Every day we either ate at a restaurant or a holiday party. The food was too good to be missed. Every meal was like my last meal. So, a few days ago I signed up for eDiets.com.
When I checked out the cover of US Magazine today, I noticed Britney (who was supposedly in India over the weekend) is back to her fighting weight. Many other celebrities are working on getting back to their pre holiday weight as well. Since I am a picky eater, I picked the eDiets.com plan. You can find your perfect diet with eDiets and the food is good and voted #1 by Epicurious which is saying a lot.
They have tons of diets to choose from, you can eat, drink & be thin on the Mediterranean Diet! They also have a healthy Soy Diet at eDiets.com. There is also the Eat to beat heart disease at eDiets.com. And many other diets to choose from.
Living in Los Angeles, I often see lots of stars walking around. I only report on my favorites or the ones I think you would be interested in hearing about. Here is a good sighting of one of my favorites.
While driving on Sunset Boulevard at 9:30A on Thursday, I saw Reese Witherspoon and her trainer starting their run.
Reese is always out running and it is nice to see that even though she is usually followed by paps, she will try to just do her thing.
I have seen her at Jamba Juice and a few other neighborhood places and she is always in good spirits. She is definitely one of my favorite stars. I loved her in Four Christmases. It is a must see movie for the holiday season.