A few months ago I was pouring over new workout routines to keep me from being bored out of my skull at the gym. I happened upon a saucy little video of Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima indulging in her favorite exercise, kickboxing. This gal is tough, and I was immediately obsessed with trying out the exercise she does to stay so gorgeous and toned. I discovered that a load of other celebrities also use kickboxing to get their booties ready for the camera in a matter of weeks. If it is good enough for Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie, it’s good enough for me. An all or nothing girl, without ever taking a class in my life, I walked in to Knuckle Up in Atlanta and signed up for a full year of unlimited kickboxing classes. I promptly outfitted myself with black wraps and pink gloves (even though I have been made fun of TWICE for wearing pink). Pink boxing gloves make me happy, but hey I wear stilettos and pencil skirts to work everyday of my life….the spa goers and patients never blink an eye, unless I wear slacks, then they tell me they hope I get to feeling better soon.
My first class struck the chord of fear that lies deep in my belly. I found a punching bag at the back of the room and pretended the 15 other people in the room were actually non existent. This worked well until the instructor shouted at us orders to do 50 jumping jacks, 25 lunges each leg, 50 squats, then finishing us off with 20 burpees. It was then that I looked around the room to see if any of the other folks had bulging eyes and full body tremors like I did. They were all soldiering on, so I couldn’t very well be the only face down chum in the room gasping for air and calling it quits. After that little “warm-up” we were ready to launch into the combinations. Jab, Jab, right cross, left hook, right round kick, right round kick. We repeatedly tore down our sand filled opponent, and I felt victorious making it through my first kickboxing class. This is the only class that I have ever taken that qualifies doing 100 situps followed by holding plank for 1 full minute as a “rest period”. They say that the average person plows through about 600-800 calories per class, and I fully believe it. My livestrong app says that I burn about 600. I have been going three times a week since the first of April, and I’m feeling pretty toned already. I can’t wait to see what happens to my body after a few months of this. Beware, high intensity exercise like this releases loads of endorphins, the best drug known to man, and it is highly addictive!
Raw green smoothies are all the rage in the beauty industry. Daily guzzling of rich antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals will no doubt nourish your skin from the inside out. Raw foodies have long since discovered that consuming live raw greens and fruits give them a truly radiant glow. To get your own glow try, this shake daily instead of your usual breakfast. I am using my trusty food processor and blending it for about 5 minutes. It’s delish! I recently found a book by Kimberly Snider called the Beauty Detox Solution. It is full of great tips, recipes and tricks on how to increase your consumption of raw leafy greens to get you skinny and glowing!
Your childlike fascination with the world around you has you pondering where your life is headed and what the meaning of it all is, you must remember that you have options! You are full of life and vitality right now as you take on the world like it’s a piece of cake! Put more emphasis on networking this month as more and more opportunities will fall in your lap, especially since your witty charm makes you the center of attention. Since you are feeling so fabulous and unstoppable, consider adding a little flair to your wardrobe! Something feminine yet powerful and hell, why not be a little quirky…If you’ve got it, you’ve got it! Try a cute high fashion version of the bowtie with an ultra femme skirt on your next after work drink date. Since you are on top of the world right now, you may not have time in your busy schedule for down time for skin maintenance such as with a chemical peel or laser treatment. Put that on hold till fall and look into Obagi’s C-RX system for gals on the go that can’t deal with flaking but want a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Also, your mate could be needy this month since you are jet setting the social scene. Take a minute to let them know that you care. Enjoy this hot month Gemini!
Many of you have reached long sought after weight loss goals quickly and are ready for the next level of transformation. The next logical step is facial rejuvenation. Innovative and advanced laser treatments can be the icing on your cake if you are committed to making a big change in your appearance.
You can completely transform your skin into smoother, clearer, tighter skin with esthetic laser services including treatments for fine lines, large pores, sun spots, loose skin and unwanted hair. Fractionated laser resurfacing, skin tightening, and photo-rejuvenation are gold standards for stimulating collagen formation and cleaning up sun damage. Lasers should be in the arsenal of everyone who is interested in keeping a youthful face.
Thaw the lobster tails partially and use kitchen scissors to cut the shells open lengthwise down the back. Brush the exposed meat with fat-free chicken stock and season with lemon pepper. Place on a broiler pan with the opening facing upwards.
Broil the tails about 6 inches from the heat source until they are opaque and slightly browned at the edges, about 10 minutes.
Cucumber Apple Salad:
1 apple Julienne sliced
1 cucumber Julienne sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon stevia
Blend ingredients in a salad bowl. Add salt to taste. Serve chilled and enjoy!
HCG friendly and a little swanky for special occasions! This impressive dish includes your protein, veggie, and fruit.
3 teaspoons Stevia
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
2 tablespoons fat-free chicken stock
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
2 fresh chopped peaches
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
4 (6 ounce) swordfish fillets
salt and pepper to taste
preheated oven 375′
In a shallow glass dish, stir together the stevia, sea salt, vinegar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, and chicken stock. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them into the dish. If the fillets have skin on them, place them skin side down. Cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.
Remove fish from the dish, and reserve marinade. Bake swordfish in preheated oven about 10 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
Pour reserved marinade into the skillet, and heat over medium heat. Add tomatoes, lemon juice, cilantro, and peaches, then adjust season to taste. Spoon sauce over fish, and serve immediately.
Bathing suit season is quickly approaching and that familiar fret of how to hide certain areas of our bodies is upon us. Please welcome the answer to those age long queries. We can now do something about that cellulite and little bit of belly fat that just won’t go away without you having to pencil in weeks of recovery.
Not only can we attack those dimples, but we can do it with FDA approved pain-free laser treatments. Translation: smoother, tighter legs, smaller waist, and smaller bathing suit. All of this in less than 40 minutes and no downtime. With absolutely no interruption of your life you can achieve a hotter bod.
The Zerona body contouring laser is the darling of body conscious celebrities, socialites, and the Pilates instructors next door. Using a low heat laser, this treatment causes fat to leak out of its cell resulting in inches lost all over the body. It’s a perfect treatment for those that have worked hard on their bodies and can’t seem to get to that superficial fat that lies just over the muscle. Just 6 treatments over two weeks can give you results without the risk or stress of liposuction. Expect a 3-9 inch total loss over your waist, thighs, and hips.
For the plague of cellulite that is all too familiar to most of us, there is Smooth Shapes. A treatment that involves suction, laser, and light working together to reduce engorged fat cells and strengthen weak collagen. A Laser Cellulite treatment that reduces fat cells, regenerates collagen, increases circulation and restores metabolic processes to the treated area? Sign me up.
It’s true. No other serum currently on the market can turn drab skin into a bright luminous complexion. Not only does this stuff brighten, it adds another layer of protection against the long arm of the sun. For prevention, this little gem should be added to your AM routine in your late teens or early 20s if you are not fighting acne. Don’t fret if you are late getting the notice, because it is a beauty MUST for building collagen and the correction of water loss in the skin, dullness, and age spots all the while preventing future damage.
Buyer beware! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Vitamin C is highly unstable and will break down quickly with exposure to light or air. It’s absorption into your skin is also dependent on the ph of the formula and % of Vitamin C. When shopping for this precious formula, look for packaging that will protect it and go with a brand that you trust to test its products well.
Derma Darling Recommended Vitamin C:
Obagi – Professional-C Serums
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum
Both of these brands contain pure Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and their products are backed with lots of science and testing. I use Obagi’s 20% C serum and honestly couldn’t live with out it.