Just when you thought you HAD to eat that whole pan of double chocolate chip cookies, FOOD Network comes to the rescue!! They put together a nice list of alternative recipes that include Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Baked Crab Cakes, & Low-Fat Egg Nog among other remixes to popular dishes.
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Photo Credit: FOOD Network
I’m a strong proponent of not depriving yourself of the things that you enjoy. I’m not going to tell anyone to abstain from the mac n’ cheese & cornbread tonight. (Hell, I’m not.) But don’t show up to Christmas dinner behaving like you’re eating for an army!
Holiday dinners are generally pretty guiltless for me, b/c I always keep it at one plate. Yes, one plate! I don’t pile it a foot high, and I never take home leftovers. Of course this is almost always interpreted as an insult to the chef, but I’m not gonna pack on the extra pounds over your grandma’s secret recipe.
Don’t let these cooks sabotage your waistline!!
Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!
Ciara was on the Wendy Show earlier this week, and showed off her signature “Matrix Move”. I’m not even gonna pretend like I can go that low, but maybe that’ll be one of my goals for the soon to be posted 2011 BlackGirlFit(ness) Challenge!!
If you’re really trying to bust something like this out at the club, you need to work on strengthening your core and thighs.
Yes, YOU. First off, let’s establish that everything is easier said than done. Weight loss, weight gain, better legs, better butt, better arms—whatever it is you’re trying to achieve, unless you’re an anomaly (which at least 80% of us haven’t proven to be) you will have to invest time and effort to achieve desired results.
You’ve heard it all before, and it’s absolutely true: Abs are made in the kitchen. You’re never going to have a flat stomach, let alone a six-pack if you don’t decrease your overall fat percentage. This requires meticulous attention to your diet and working to eliminate—or drastically reduce the consumption of foods which offer little to no nutritional value. I highly suggest keeping an online food journal through SparkPeople to help you through this.
Now that you’ve addressed your diet, remember there’s no such thing as spot reduction. You can’t only do exercises specifically targeting your stomach and expect results. You must incorporate cardio and an effective strength training routine to start shedding those pounds and showing off those abs! Don’t be discouraged if you lose weight elsewhere first; genetics and commitment will determine when your flat stomach will make its debut.
Below are some of the exercises I incorporate into my overall regimen to make sure my stomach never hangs over my belt:
This is one of the simplest, most effective ways to shed pounds when I’m aggressively trying to lean out. Buy one, or borrow your kids’.
2. Planks + Side Planks
Not only do they strengthen your core, but they also strengthen your arms and legs.
I LOVE pushups. Even modified pushups are effective. Like planks, they also strengthen your arms. Look out, Shelly O!
Believe it or not, my first real introduction to Yoga was through the Wii Fit. I’ve since begun incorporating some of the poses independently, and count these among my favorite:
Downward Facing Dog
5. Hula Hoop
Stay tuned for the 2011 BlackGirlFit(ness) Challenge, ladies (& gents). I’ll be announcing the details soon through Facebook. Remember to Like the page.
Ladies there’s nothing more disheartening than a woman who won’t go to the gym for fear of being judged or stared at. Sure that’s easier said the closer you get to your goals, but don’t let what some stranger may think deter you from reaching your milestones. Read more