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What I Eat (almost) Everyday...

What I Eat (almost) Everyday...

Some people take instagram pics of their meals. I make a whole damn video about it. You asked and I delivered. Here's what goes into my body to fuel me through an entire day of cycling, spazzing, twerking, texting and spazzing. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Snacks. And more snacks.

Baby Got Back! Workout

Baby Got Back! Workout

Abs are great conversation starters but what happens when you turn around? Take muffin tops, saggy buns and chicken wings off the "Summer Specials" menu with these handy moves for a tight backside.

Tuesday Turn-On: Electronic Summer

Tuesday Turn-On: Electronic Summer

It’s nothing new to say that summer is the time when electronic music booms.  Festivals are everywhere, and DJ’s are on every corner.  This week's playlist is inspired by just that; hot summer nights, shakin' it to your favorite electronic masterminds.  I know when I’m in Brooklyn, and the sun is setting, you can always find me getting down to Dirtyfinger’s latest mix.  He throws an awesome party, locals in the area; get.on.that.

NOLA NONSTOP!

NOLA NONSTOP!

This is Part 2 in our Roadtrip Series (#KymandAlliGoWest) where we tackle food, fitness and FUN in every city.  It's New Orleans' turn: Booty bounce, beer and BARS! er, I mean, barre. Well, both, actually.   Despite a bit of drinking in the street, this video still caters to the healthy n' fit.  I interview NOLA Marathon 5th place woman, Jean the Machine on how she balances Nola's ultra party life with her ultra marathon training.

Do It Anywhere: Working Out on the Road

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Recently, I grabbed a couple of my fit girlfriends, a camera, and a car, and took to the road. From NYC to Texas and back again, we filmed ourselves doing workouts in public places (and a lot of dancing in the car). If this doesn't prove that workouts can be done anywhere at anytime I don't know what will. The "Do It Anywhere" video is about finding fun in fitness wherever the road takes you. Check out my latest video for playground pull ups, reverse pushups, burpees, sit-ups, and more!

And don't forget to subscribe to my channel and check out some of my other videos such as: Pilazies! Pilates for Lazy People, The Quickie 5min Workout, and The Pre-Party Workout.

Music by No Way Josie (the song FREAKNESS can be downloaded for free by "liking" us on FB)

Leading the Group

At the end of a particularly hard 9:30am class on Saturday, I thanked the class for giving me the extra push that I needed. Riding with 70 faces looking up at me is extra incentive for me to push through the burn. There's no way I can turn it down because everyone will see me and follow suit. I set the program now I got to follow it.

Tone your WILLPOWER!

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WILLPOWER. We need it everyday to stay focused at work, practice a new skill, resist spending money or drinking/eating too much and especially to get ourselves to workout.  But did you know that willpower works just like a muscle?

Exercising willpower depletes resources in the body.

The fuel of willpower is glucose. Glucose is the primary fuel of the body. It’s the same fuel that muscles use to exert their strength, and the same fuel that the brain uses to perform its many tasks. What is surprising is the fact that willpower uses a lot of it, even when the body is at rest.  Willpower is a particularly expensive mental act, engaging many areas of the brain and requiring high levels of fuel.

In a recent study, people trying to lose weight…were put in a room with a plate of broccoli and cookies and told to eat only the broccoli. Immediately following this act of self-control, participants’ glucose levels dropped. Participants were then asked to repeat the act of self-control. Those whose glucose levels had dropped the most from the first task performed the worst on the second attempt. Participants given a sip of a sugary drink between tasks (replenishing their glucose levels) were better able to resist the cookies in the second attempt.

This study certainly pushes the boundaries of how we think about willpower. Not many of us would like to believe that our virtue is dependent on the last time we snacked. However, the implications are important: our ability to flex our willpower depends on glucose. When glucose levels are low (for example, from skipping breakfast),  willpower is impaired.

Does this mean we should be giving ourselves sugar every time we want to exert some self-control? Clearly, that would be a short-sighted strategy. Instead choose foods that keep blood glucose levels relatively stable, and don’t skip meals!

Referenced from The Science of Willpower by Kelly McGonigal, PhD