Weight Loss Wednesday: 4 Slim Tips for The Season

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This time of year calls for celebrating, indulging and lounging by the fire. And don’t get me wrong, a little holiday decadence is a an absolute must in my book!

But believe it or not, it is possible to maintain your weight this time of year, even with all the festivities. Here are a few of my tips to staying slim this holiday season:

**Grab a friend. Instead of meeting up with friends for yet another happy hour, why not go for a hike or take a yoga class together? Studies show that people are more likely to stick to a workout when they’ve made a commitment to a friend.

**Slim down your cocktail. Replace sugary drink mixers with soda water. My go-to skinny cocktail is vodka soda + lime.
<<Skinny Opinion Tip: When you’re rockin a fitted party dress, replace the soda water with plain old H2O to avoid the dreaded bloat.>>

**Warm up with Hot Yoga. When it’s cold out, the last thing I want to do is lace up my running shoes and go for a jog. Hot Yoga is perfect in the winter time. It may not torch as many calories as a long run, but its the best stress relief during this busy time of year.

**Shop til ya drop. Head to the mall and get some Christmas shopping done. You’ll clock tons of steps while you’re there. Who said you had to go to the gym to burn extra calories?

This is is a my way of staying in shape during the holidays. I totally believe in eating, drinking, and being merry this time of year too. Just remember to keep your nutrition and fitness goals realistic and do what works best for you!

Do you have any tips for staying slim for the season?

Santa’s Skinniest Cocktail

Happy Friday! Am I the only one day dreaming about Happy Hour already?? Ahem.

Anyways – I LOVE a festive cocktail but even more, I love to save unnecessary calories. Here’s the perfect holiday drink that combines the two! Try it this weekend and let me know what you think! 

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Ingredients
1 1/2oz Voli Lemon vodka
2oz cranberry juice
splash of club soda
lime
raspberries

Directions
Mix vodka and cranberry juice in a rocks glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime and raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutrition Info
100 calories, 8.6g carbs, 7.6g sugar

Recipe via Shape.

Weight Loss Wednesday: Make Room for Fat

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I’ll say it over and over again. Eating fat won’t make you fat. Don’t be afraid of including healthy fats in your diet.

I know what you’re thinking — cutting oil and other sources of healthy fat from your diet is an easy way to slash calories. But the truth is we NEED fat in our diets as a source of energy and to absorb vitamins. Studies show it can actually help with weight loss. 

Just make sure it’s a natural fat – not a fattening processed food.

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Adding healthy fat to your diet:

**promotes fat burn
**builds muscle
**curbs junk food cravings
**supplies your body with essential nutrients
**prevents nutrient loss during cooking
**helps body absorb vitamins and nutrients

{{Skinny Opinion Tip: Combine fat with fiber to increase fat’s power to make you feel full.}}

 

Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup

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Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts organic low sodium chicken stock
  • 8 ounces dried wide egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Place a soup pot over medium heat and coat with the oil
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf
  3. Cook and stir for about 6 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the liquid to a boil
  5. Add the noodles and simmer for 5 minutes until tender
  6. Fold in the chicken and continue to simmer for another couple of minutes to heat through
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve

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Embracing the Shake: Get the Scoop on The Bar Method

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I first discovered The Bar Method, Point Loma in 2011 when I was getting in shape for my wedding and I quickly fell in love with the workout. The Bar Method is “the most targeting body sculpting workout” that uses very small isometric movements to work each muscle group to fatigue. It combines principals of ballet, Pilates, yoga, and interval training. But let me assure you, this class is no joke.

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Ladies at Bar

Bar Method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle training techniques of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”

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What to Expect:

  • You’ll use very light weights for the arm exercises. The first time I saw all the Bar babes grabbing 2 lb weights I couldn’t believe it. But don’t let this fool you, your arms will be burning by the end.
  • You’ll remove your shoes before going into the studio and socks are required. Grippy socks are best, but any socks will do for your first time.
  • You’ll get called out. With 30+ students in each class, each instructor manages to learn your name and will encourage you throughout class.
  • You’ll get hands on adjustments. Proper form is super important in Bar. Don’t worry, if you can’t get the form down, the instructors will help you get there.
  • You’ll get shaky. Your legs will physically start shaking if you are doing the thigh work correctly. Its a little embarrassing as first but you’ll learn to embrace the shake.

It takes some practice to get the moves down. And that’s why the Bar Method is so effective – it never gets easier. As soon as you get comfortable, you are challenged to sink lower or lift higher.

Has anyone else tried Bar? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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