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Fitness Guru “I don’t like to exercise.”


This is not my article. It’s from the  Needless, I LOVE Jillian Michaels, so here ya go.

‘I don’t like to exercise’: Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels reveals her surprising secret

Last updated at 2:07 AM on 14th April 2011

She’s made her name helping severely obese Americans shed their excess pounds. But The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels has revealed that she hates to exercise.She revealed to Shape magazine: ‘There are plenty of others things we’d all rather be doing… I like to get in and get out.’

Biggest Loser fitness expert, Jillian Michaels, on the front cover of Shape magazine, May 2011

The 36-year-old weight loss expert has openly admitted, she likes to keep her exercise time to an absolute minimum and limits her workouts to mere minutes if she can.’I want my workouts to be quick and high intensity. In fact, you should be able to sculpt your entire body in just five moves.’As a woman who spends most of her days in workout clothes, she also confesses that she can’t bear workout gear and feels frumpy in them.

Tough cookie: Jillian puts contestants through their paces in Losing it

‘I hate your typical gym clothes. They’re so unflattering.’Fortunately, Jillian looks nothing short of toned and sculpted in her Shape photo shoot  wearing a sexy purple support bra and bright lime workout shorts.

It’s been six years since The Biggest Loser brought Jillian to TV screens and her power as the fiery-mouthed fitness Queen has helped catapult her to even greater stardom.She now has her own online health and fitness subscription program and has recently designed a line of workout clothing with with K-Swiss called the J.M Collection.

Since leaving The Biggest Loser show last year, Jillian has starred in her own hit show, Losing It, which sees the tough trainer go head-to-head with overweight families.

But exercise aside, the beautiful brunette also made some surprising confessions in her interview with Shape.


Scrubs up well: Jillian dazzled on the red carpet at this year's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles

She says she was a chubby kid and at just five feet tall and weighing 175lbs, she could have been a contestant on the Biggest Loser when she was growing up.

Jillian also admits that she happily eats 2,000 calories a day and even suffers with cellulite.

She joked: ‘There’s this one dimple on the back of my butt that’s like a cavern. I swear to you, it’s just un-friggin’-believable!’

Fans of the hit NBC show may be surprised to hear that the hard-nosed trainer has not had such an easy life and is open about having therapy.

She told Shape: ‘I’ve been seeing a shrink since I was 5.’

She then playfully added: ‘But it does help you control those behaviours that can send you to the fridge or compel you to tell you boss to shove it!’

You can read Jillian’s full, in-depth interview in the new May issue of Shape magazine, which is out to buy now.

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Ladies! Lovely Swim Wear from Miss Kim K.


These are a little pricey (at least for me and my budget), but they are fabulous and unique. Here’s a sneak peek from Kim Kardashian’s swim line “Beach Bunny”.

All of this collection is so freaking cute! I love the outer wear! It’s so hard to find cute, sexy, or just plain attractive swim covers!

**How cool are their ads? Really? This is so fabulous!

Info for Yo’ Mama.


Not really for your mother, but you know, it does sound catchy! So, I love coffee, but now that I’ve been on my Buff & Tough regime I try to avoid it or take it in small doses. I was browsing the Starbucks website and found a little nutrition breakdown on every thing they sell! I was stoked, needless to say. So, I figured I’d share. I know I hate consuming foods/drinks without knowing what it consists of. This is just a little teaser. The site has every option.

Brewed Coffee (these are fixed sizes, grande I believe)
  Calories Fat (g) Carb. (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Bold Pick of the Day 5 0 0 0 <1
Caffè Misto
Clover® Brewed Coffee 5 0 0 0 <1
Coffee Traveler
Decaf Pike Place™ Roast 5 0 0 0 <1
Iced Coffee with Milk
Pike Place™ Roast 5 0 0 0 <1

Chocolate Beverages

  Calories Fat (g) Carb. (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Hot Chocolate 300 9 47 2 14
Peppermint Hot Chocolate 360 9 63 2 13
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate 360 9 66 2 13
White Hot Chocolate 410 12 61 0 16

Espresso Beverages

  Calories Fat (g) Carb. (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Caffè Americano
Caffè Latte 190 7 18 0 12
Caffè Mocha 260 8 41 2 13
Cappuccino 120 4 12 0 8
Caramel Brulée Latte 300 3.5 59 0 7
Caramel Macchiato 240 7 34 0 10
Cinnamon Dolce Latte 260 6 40 0 11
Eggnog Latte 470 21 53 0 16
Espresso Con Panna
Espresso Macchiato
Flavored Latte 250 6 36 0 12
Gingerbread Latte 250 6 37 0 11
Iced Caffè Americano
Iced Caffè Latte 130 4.5 13 0 8
Iced Caffè Mocha 200 6 35 2 9
Iced Caramel Macchiato 230 6 33 0 10
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte 200 4 34 0 7
Iced Flavored Latte 250 6 36 0 12
Iced Gingerbread Latte 190 4 32 0 7
Iced Peppermint Mocha 260 6 52 2 8
Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha 400 9 72 0 10
Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte 250 4 44 0 10
Iced Skinny Flavored Latte 110 4 12 0 7
Iced Toffee Mocha 280 3.5 51 2 12
Iced White Chocolate Mocha 340 9 55 0 10
Peppermint Mocha 330 8 58 2 12
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha 470 12 78 0 14
Pumpkin Spice Latte 310 6 49 0 14


One for the road: my pick of the week (with out the Monterey Jack)

Veggie, Egg and Monterey Jack Artisan Breakfast Sandwich

Veggie, Egg and Monterey Jack Artisan Breakfast Sandwich

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (121 g)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 160
  % Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars <1g  
Protein 17g  
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 30%
Iron 15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Happier than the Hatter!


Before I started my day today, I went to the gym..Omni that is! That dwelling is my new paradise! Anyhow, my best friend and I decided to try Yoga for the first time. You know, we’ve all heard EVERYONE talking about how incredible it is, well now I get it. It is peaceful, insightful, and get this…it really works your entire body. It combines stretching, body weight, and meditation all into one. I left feeling refreshed and inspired to start my Fresh, New Day! I mean, Yoga is originally a traditional mind/body practice that started in India so it has to be amazing (oh, how I love India and its traditions). Here are some of the classic poses that are incorporated into yoga! WARNING: They Look Pretty Advanced, but we all have to start somwhere 🙂

Also, as you know I’ve been Beast Moding my life in all aspects. I’ve finally started to gain muscle and see real definition in my body. I’m getting to my “Jillian” goal! Here are some tips that have helped me get this far:

1. Up your protein intake. You can do this by just increasing your diet by incorporating more protien rich foods like: fish, lean meat, chicken, and whole wheat pastas or you take supplements or drinks. I like whey protein shakes with nonfat milk. They’re heavy so I like to drink a cup of nonfat milk w. 2 scoops of whey an hour before I workout (if I workout hardcore I drink another one after). I have also developed a love for wheat germ! You can find it in most grocery stores and it can be sprinkled on anything (you can also try Flax Seed!).

2. Increase your water consumption. Water helps keep you hydrated and your skin looking gorgeous! Plus, we’re like 80% water. We need it! If you just don’t like water, try some (low sugar) sports drinks. Make sure you read the label, some are misleading. Check the sugar content! I prefer Propel, Vitamin Water, and Gatorade (G2).

3. Stay Motivated. I stay motivated by really taking time and appreciating how much better I feel after I eat cleanly or workout. I also spend some time through out the week educating myself on health/fitness. For instance, I’ll browse the magazine rack for: Women’s Fitness, Runners, and any thing on the web about nutrition, food, and fitness. Knowledge really is power. Educate yourself about your body.  

4. Get a Partner! We all know it can get tough trying to make changes on your own. Finding a buddy is so motivating and really helpful! It helps you share a similar goal!

5. Set Goals! I set goals for myself that way I have a reason to workout. For instance, me and my dad have started running 5ks. My first goal was to just get him to run; he is runnindgdaily now and loves it. We just completed our 2nd 5k this past weekend! My goal was to shave a whole minute off of my time! I did, so now my goal is too run 3.2 miles in 27:38 without feeling near death towards the end. With goals, we have something to strive for! What’s your goals? Take small steps first. Don’t set  yourself up for failure by planning huge leaps!




The word for this Saturday is LOVELY, as in you are lovely inside and out! Embrace  your imperfections and declare your strengths!


Tid Bits for Yooouuuu!!!!




The Dangers of Soy!

Seriously, read this. SO many people are switching to Soy products, but it’s not all that great. Thanks to Jillian Michaels for this great article. For the article in its entirety you can find it here: Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.

Cinderella’s Dark Side

The propaganda that has created the soy sales miracle is all the more remarkable because, only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia. During the Chou Dynasty (1134-246 BC) the soybean was designated one of the five sacred grains, along with barley, wheat, millet and rice.

However, the pictograph for the soybean, which dates from earlier times, indicates that it was not first used as a food; for whereas the pictographs for the other four grains show the seed and stem structure of the plant, the pictograph for the soybean emphasizes the root structure. Agricultural literature of the period speaks frequently of the soybean and its use in crop rotation. Apparently the soy plant was initially used as a method of fixing nitrogen.13

The soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques, some time during the Chou Dynasty. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce.

At a later date, possibly in the 2nd century BC, Chinese scientists discovered that a purée of cooked soybeans could be precipitated with calcium sulfate or magnesium sulfate (plaster of Paris or Epsom salts) to make a smooth, pale curd – tofu or bean curd. The use of fermented and precipitated soy products soon spread to other parts of the Orient, notably Japan and Indonesia.

The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans as they did other legumes such as lentils because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.

These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.14

Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.

Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors. Weanling rats fed soy containing these antinutrients fail to grow normally. Growth-depressant compounds are deactivated during the process of fermentation, so once the Chinese discovered how to ferment the soybean, they began to incorporate soy foods into their diets.

In precipitated products, enzyme inhibitors concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. Thus, in tofu and bean curd, growth depressants are reduced in quantity but not completely eliminated.

Soy also contains goitrogens – substances that depress thyroid function.

Additionally 99% a very large percentage of soy is genetically modified and it also has one of the highest percentages contamination by pesticides of any of our foods.

Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract.

Although not a household word, phytic acid has been extensively studied; there are literally hundreds of articles on the effects of phytic acid in the current scientific literature. Scientists are in general agreement that grain- and legume-based diets high in phytates contribute to widespread mineral deficiencies in third world countries.15

Analysis shows that calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc are present in the plant foods eaten in these areas, but the high phytate content of soy- and grain-based diets prevents their absorption.

The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied,16 and the phytates in soy are highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques such as long, slow cooking.17 Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans.

When precipitated soy products like tofu are consumed with meat, the mineral-blocking effects of the phytates are reduced.18 The Japanese traditionally eat a small amount of tofu or miso as part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known; those of zinc are less so.

Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood-sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system.

Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.19 Zinc deficiency can cause a “spacey” feeling that some vegetarians may mistake for the “high” of spiritual enlightenment.

Milk drinking is given as the reason why second-generation Japanese in America grow taller than their native ancestors. Some investigators postulate that the reduced phytate content of the American diet – whatever may be its other deficiencies – is the true explanation, pointing out that both Asian and Western children who do not get enough meat and fish products to counteract the effects of a high phytate diet, frequently suffer rickets, stunting and other growth problems.20

Soy Protein Isolate: Not So Friendly

Soy processors have worked hard to get these antinutrients out of the finished product, particularly soy protein isolate (SPI) which is the key ingredient in most soy foods that imitate meat and dairy products, including baby formulas and some brands of soy milk.

SPI is not something you can make in your own kitchen. Production takes place in industrial factories where a slurry of soy beans is first mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution.

Acid washing in aluminum tanks leaches high levels of aluminum into the final product. The resultant curds are spray- dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder. A final indignity to the original soybean is high-temperature, high-pressure extrusion processing of soy protein isolate to produce textured vegetable protein (TVP).

Much of the trypsin inhibitor content can be removed through high-temperature processing, but not all. Trypsin inhibitor content of soy protein isolate can vary as much as fivefold.21 (In rats, even low-level trypsin inhibitor SPI feeding results in reduced weight gain compared to controls.22)

But high-temperature processing has the unfortunate side-effect of so denaturing the other proteins in soy that they are rendered largely ineffective.23 That’s why animals on soy feed need lysine supplements for normal growth.

Nitrites, which are potent carcinogens, are formed during spray-drying, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is formed during alkaline processing.24 Numerous artificial flavorings, particularly MSG, are added to soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein products to mask their strong “beany” taste and to impart the flavor of meat.25

In feeding experiments, the use of SPI increased requirements for vitamins E, K, D and B12 and created deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron and zinc.26 Phytic acid remaining in these soy products greatly inhibits zinc and iron absorption; test animals fed SPI develop enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland, and increased deposition of fatty acids in the liver.27

Yet soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein are used extensively in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages and fast food products. They are heavily promoted in third world countries and form the basis of many food giveaway programs.

In spite of poor results in animal feeding trials, the soy industry has sponsored a number of studies designed to show that soy protein products can be used in human diets as a replacement for traditional foods.

An example is “Nutritional Quality of Soy Bean Protein Isolates: Studies in Children of Preschool Age”, sponsored by the Ralston Purina Company.28 A group of Central American children suffering from malnutrition was first stabilized and brought into better health by feeding them native foods, including meat and dairy products. Then, for a two-week period, these traditional foods were replaced by a drink made of soy protein isolate and sugar.

All nitrogen taken in and all nitrogen excreted was measured in truly Orwellian fashion: the children were weighed naked every morning, and all excrement and vomit gathered up for analysis. The researchers found that the children retained nitrogen and that their growth was “adequate”, so the experiment was declared a success.

Whether the children were actually healthy on such a diet, or could remain so over a long period, is another matter. The researchers noted that the children vomited “occasionally”, usually after finishing a meal; that over half suffered from periods of moderate diarrhea; that some had upper respiratory infections; and that others suffered from rash and fever.

It should be noted that the researchers did not dare to use soy products to help the children recover from malnutrition, and were obliged to supplement the soy-sugar mixture with nutrients largely absent in soy products – notably, vitamins A, D and B12, iron, iodine and zinc.


Beast Mode My Life.


My Motto for 2011: BEAST MODE

Over my break I did alot of things…workout I did occasionally. So, to make up for it and ground I lost for taking a break, I whipped my butt into gear this past week and went into beast mode. I am currently sitting in my chair with sore thighs, abs, and arms. Needless to say, I covered my ground. I want to be the best possible me in 2011 and I’m starting it off right!!! What did you guys make as resolutions? Mine are as follows:

1. No Procrastination

2. Workouts Steady and Hardcore

3.Complete my first half-marathon

4.No Procrastination

5.Absolutley no processed foods

6.Rotate between Jillian Michaels 6 pack abs/30 day shred daily

7. Get up to 7 miles running

I know I shoot high and aim for many, but what is a life without aspirations??


The Beast Mode Workout I’ve been doing…. DUN DUN DUN


a.) The past two nights I’ve done Level 1 of Jillian Michaels 6 pack Abs in 6 Weeks, let me tell you it works! I did it with no added weight and was sore. It is a mixture of cardio/abs incorporating the entire body. AWESOME.

b.) 5 Stadium Snakes + Running Laps= Killer Cardio

c.) Hitting the Gym for whole body, esp. arms,back, and abs

—-repeating this daily on top of teaching dance beast mode, I believe so.


Happy New Year!

Fun TidBits!

Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on New Years..

Kathy and……CHER in Hawaii!




New Loves….YUMMY

For Those Much Needed Energy Boosts!


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I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes (okay, most of the time!) I need an energy boost for my long days of school, work, dance, and workouts. Needless, of your agenda we just need a little boost every now and again! So, the other day I wonder into this little health foods store and I instantly fell in love! It was a sanctuary for any ‘health’ freak! There were vitamins,organic products, herbal products of all kinds, and anything else one could desire in the healthly/natural realm! This little place was Virginia’s Health Store and I absolutely found it a blessing from above to have this shop next door to my favorite place in the world- A book store!!!! So any way, (sorry for wondering off into my little ecstasy laden land) I found the health supplement Jillian Michaels suggests Guarana. I love it, but I don’t take it everyday because I bought it in it’s fluid form, organic alcohol state. You can purchase health supplements/diet products that effectively mix Gurana with White Willow Bark and they are great! It’s all natural. I love it because it produces energy that builds as time progresses. It isn’t a rush, then crash effect like most energy products out there. It has also been used to treat pain, fatigue, detoxing the blood, boosting metabolism, and aiding in cardiovascular health. This may be because Guarana has a higher % of caffeine than coffee or cacao beans! That is why you typically see this little guy in energy drinks or diet supplements.





These are my energy alternatives! What’s yours????

1.) Running/Working Out

2.) My Get Krunk Jamz for energy

3.) Some Artifical Sugar (please, take in small dosages, may lead to body fat and dun-lapp disease)