Monday, December 7, 2009

The New Year’s Resolution before the Resolution

Many people believe that the best time to make a change that will last is at the start of a new year. Sure, a New Year’s resolution can give you a clean slate to throw out your old habits and start making the right choices, but when it comes to exercising and getting into shape, you may want to think twice about putting it on hold. The truth is that no matter what type of body you are looking to develop, the best time to start any exercise program is now - especially before the start of the New Year. So, before you put off your workout routine until the ball drops in Times Square, consider the benefits of making a New Year’s resolution before the resolution.

From a proactive perspective, consider exactly why you are looking to exercise and lose weight. You will find that the answers are simple - exercise reduces stress, increases energy, builds confidence, keeps you motivated and helps you look and feel your best. This winning combination is sure to help you make the most of the holiday season no matter what it should bring - from the stresses of holiday shopping to entertaining guests at your home, even looking great in your new holiday gifts! On top of that, imagine how great it will feel to start the New Year ten pounds lighter and ahead of the game.

Exercise routines can be difficult to get into and it takes people time to adjust to them. If you are not prepared for a rocky start then you may benefit from starting a routine now as not to get discouraged during your first few workouts of the New Year. Ask any personal trainer, fitness coach, professional bodybuilder or athlete and they will tell you that the hardest part about any exercise program is starting it – so why not make it easier on yourself and eliminate the pressure of the New Year by starting right now?

Whether you are looking to join a gym or purchase your own fitness equipment to get in shape, the benefits of acting now outweigh the costs of waiting in a number of ways. Retail stores love slashing prices in the spirit of the holiday and there is no better time to purchase a piece of fitness equipment. From free weights and barbells to treadmills and elliptical machines, now is the time to save money on the equipment you need to get started. Vitamin shops also offer great deals during the holiday so you can stock up on discounted supplements.

If you are looking to join a gym, consider the inevitable crowd of people that appears at the start of every New Year – the people with the same New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get into shape. Large crowds mean less available equipment, which lowers your chances of finding the exercise routine that works for you. If you are a beginner, understand that it takes time to fall into an exercise routine and that it is better to develop a routine before jumping into the holiday rush at the gym so you can exercise confidently, efficiently and effectively.

Last, but not least, everyone wants to look good for the holidays. The New Year is a great time to celebrate life and meet new people, so it is always nice to look your best and feel good about yourself during this very special time. This year, consider breaking the rules and make the resolution that is changing the face of the New Year.

Monday, November 30, 2009

How to De-Clutter Your Life

Everyone has a certain amount of tension in their lives. Being unorganized can only add to this anxiety and make us feel run-down and unmotivated, preventing us from doing the things that we love. With the holidays approaching why not regain this energy by focusing on reorganizing your life and make the upcoming celebrations worry free? Following are a few ideas which could help you out of your pre-holiday confusion.

De-Clutter Your Desk and Work Space
Whether you work from a home office or a tiny cubicle, there’s no way you can be totally productive in a pace that doesn’t function for you. Have you ever met anybody who is extremely successful who works in absolute chaos? I haven’t. Sure, everyone has a junk drawer or a messy desk on occasion, but if your clutter is taking over, it’s time to scale back. Start by compiling three separate stashes:
1. What to keep
2. What to shred (sensitive information)
3. What to just throw away.

Follow a similar routine working from desk to files to shelves. Clear everything off and sort into appropriate stacks. Use file folders, three-ring notebooks, or magazine sorters to hold important papers. And immediately pitch what you don't need. Get creative with containers. Coffee mugs and decorative boxes hold everything from paper clips and tacks to business cards and pens. Look toward vertical wall space as a new storage solution, instead of those piles we seem to make. Piles are hard to address and papers within them become hidden. You can’t pay a bill or return an important message if it’s hidden at the bottom of a stack on your desk. Instead, option wall space. Set bills in a hanging bin, keys on a hook, magazines in wall hangers. Now you can see and reach items easily.

Clean Out Clothing Skeletons in Your Cluttered Closet

If closets are your nemesis, you’ll need to spend some time getting down and dirty. The first step to cleaning a closet is to take everything out. Then you can see what you have. Often you’ll need to purchase storage boxes or organizing bins, shoe holders, or shelving. Don’t forget plastic garbage bags for trash and donations. Have a few bins or boxes for items that don’t really belong in the closet but will be moved elsewhere. Be realistic. Do you really need or want each item?
A good mantra here is: “If you haven’t seen it, needed it, or worn it in one year, get rid of it.” Ask yourself these three questions: Does it fit? Have you worn it in the last 12 months? Is there some sentimental value strong enough to keep it? If the answers are no, toss it in one of three options — in a bag for charity, to sell at a garage sale or on eBay, or for the trash heap.

Here are more steps to help you clear clutter from your life:

Organize in bite-size bits: If the thought of getting organized completely overwhelms you, set a timer for just 15 minutes a day. Knowing you won't spend hours working on an organizational project might make working in small nuggets easier to manage.
Mainstream email: Instead of checking email with each ding of the inbox, read your emails on a regular basis only twice a day. When you open an email, answer it immediately and don't save it for later.
Handle snail mail only once: Create a special time and place to read your snail mail regularly. During the appointed time, open the mail and immediately take action on it. File it with bills, shred it, toss it in the trash, etc. Commit to touching each piece of mail immediately and only once.
Avoid horizontal piles: When possible, avoid putting paper in horizontal stacks in your home or office. Save time and frustration by categorizing and finding a home for paper as soon as it comes through the door.
Purge regularly: This applies to every room in the house but don’t forget the kitchen and bathroom. Check expiration dates regularly on medicines, vitamins, supplements, and cosmetics. Stick to the “when in doubt, throw it out” rule. If you can’t remember when you purchased it, let it go.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

Introducing a new and exciting way to healthy weight loss!
Featured here each month will be a delicious natural recipe to combine with our own Lucille Roberts natural shakes.
Use the one below as an alternative to pumpkin pie this week.

Pumpkin Delight
½ Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Scoop Vanilla Lucille
Roberts Live Rite Shake
5-7 Ounces of Water
½ Cup Ice Cubes
2 Dashes of Cinnamon
1 Dash of Nutmeg

Blend all of the above
ingredients in your blender
and enjoy!

You can also take the
above shake and pour into
8 Popsicle holders and freeze to
enjoy later as a low calorie tasty
and healthy snack.

Stop by the front desk at your Lucille Roberts club location to start “Shaking Up” your weight
loss with Lucille Roberts Live Rite Shakes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Super Weight Loss Month

Lucille Roberts wants you to be in the best shape you can possibly be in. The better shape you are in the better you'll look, the more confidence you will have, and of course the better you'll feel. Come to Lucille Roberts during our Super Weight Loss Month to register with no contract. You'll be able to come to any Lucille Roberts work out as much as you want, loose as much weight as you want with no contract. Lucille Roberts Super Weight Loss Month give you the opportunity to get in shape before the holidays. Why waist a perfectly good New Years Resolution on weight loss when thanks to Lucille Roberts Super Weight Loss Month, you would have already lost that weight.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Finding Strength in Numbers

Discover the Power of Team Play for Individual Results

Sometimes taking care of number one, means counting on others for support and guidance. That's why at Lucille Roberts we encourage our members to attend group exercise classes. We've discovered that when it comes to establishing an exercise routine and sticking to it there really is strength in numbers. Our members seem to agree. They have discovered that exercising in a group offers them the following benefits:

Motivation: Did you ever notice how much easier it is to get something done when you're motivated to do it? The same is true of exercise. By joining others, of all different experience levels, our members find they are motivated to work a little harder and garner strength from others.

Camaraderie: A social, fun environment makes it easier to get moving. The time goes faster when you see the same friendly faces in the classes you attend.
Technique: By watching others you can learn a whole lot. The right technique is imperative to getting the most out of your exercise routine .Watching others helps you learn the right techniques for squats, lifting weights, doing push-ups and sit ups, leg lifts, etc.

Challenge: Chances are you will see a lot of the same people in the classes you choose to take. Many exercisers find themselves comparing their abilities to others and challenge themselves to match them. From the number of reps you do, to the weight you use, a little friendly competition pushes you to be the best that you can be.

Consistency: People who exercise in groups tend to return to the gym more often to repeat the same classes. Again, it could be the friendly faces they have grown accustomed to seeing. It might be the encouragement they get from others or the challenge they put on themselves to work harder and better than their neighbor. Regardless of the reason, the result is the same….the more consistent you are, the better the return.

Preventing Boredom: Sometimes doing the same thing, in the same way, can lead to boredom. If you get bored, chances are you won't want to exercise anymore. By choosing a number of different group classes to attend, you'll continuously be providing your body and your mind with new challenges.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine an important fitness trend is group exercise. From aerobics classes to yoga, step classes to basic boot camp, the group that moves together…improves together.

To find the group exercise classes that best fit your style and fitness goals check out what Lucille Roberts has to offer.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Here Come the Holidays!

Here come the Holidays…Eat, drink and be merry. And, then come the New Year’s Resolutions again. But, who says you can’t make an easy resolution or two, now. Here are some ideas to help you to healthily enjoy Autumn and the coming winter holiday season.

Ways to Improve Your Diet…Now.

Nearly half of all Americans make a New Year's resolution or two. For many, adopting healthier eating habits will top the list again for 2010. If you are in this group, make it real this year. If you're serious about changing your diet—and losing a few pounds along the way—a resolution can help. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that those who pledge to make behavior changes by means of a resolution were 10 times more likely to succeed than those who simply want to make a change. Going public and sharing your goal with someone can also bump up your odds for success. But a commitment to better eating is only the start. You also need to figure out how and what to change. Here are four suggestions that can put you on the right path:

1) Keep a food record

To fix your diet you should understand where it's broken. One good way to do that, says Washington, D.C.- based registered dietician Katherine Tallmadge, is to keep a pencil and notebook handy as you go about your day. For at least a week, record everything you eat, when you eat, and maybe how you feel after you eat.
The exercise can be eye-opening, says Tallmadge, who is also author of "Diet Simple: 214 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspiration" (LifeLine Press, 2004). By analyzing your eating routines, she says, you can discover both the good habits you practice as well as those that regularly route high-calorie, low-nutrition fodder toward your mouth.

It can also unveil such misguided behaviors as chronically skipping breakfast. "Studies have shown that if you eat breakfast," Tallmadge says, "you eat proportionally fewer calories the rest of the day." Keeping an ongoing food record while trying to establish better eating patterns can make you accountable to yourself and discourage mindless eating. And make sure to record one other item: your weight. Climb on the scale at least once a week if not every day, says Tallmadge.

2) Discover vegetables
Mothers have told us from the beginning of time to eat our vegetables. Now it's time to pay attention. Melanie Polk, a registered dietician and director for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), says by adding ample amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans to your diet you reap a nutritional bonanza. You also benefit from non-nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds called phytochemicals.

Moreover, recent studies show that consuming plant foods can play an important role in weight loss, says Polk. High in water and fiber and low in “energy density,” they create a feeling of fullness without delivering the big calorie load of high-fat foods.

If you suffered childhood trauma from having to face mushy, flavorless vegetables, Polk says cooking techniques today such as roasting and stir frying can help heal those memories. Of course, many vegetables are also delicious raw.

3) Remove temptations

When retraining your eating habits, avoiding temptation is a better strategy than trying to resist it. “We're eating machines—that's instinctive,” says Tallmadge. “That's why it’s important to keep only healthy foods in your home.”

Tallmadge recommends purging your home of chips, cookies and other items you don't want to ingest. Then make sure you have nutritious foods around that are easy to grab when you do feel like snacking. One good option is pre-made vegetable soup in your refrigerator that you can quickly heat up. Another is chopped fruit and vegetables that you can dip into humus, yogurt or light ranch dressing.

Also, be ready for the challenges you face outside of your controlled eating environment. “If you know you’re going to overeat at a certain event, seriously consider not going,” she says.

To avoid feeling deprived, Tallmadge says it's alright to occasionally indulge in the foods you have eliminated yet still miss. But better yet is to find an alternative, non-eating way to treat yourself, such as scheduling a massage.

4. Don’t give up
Finally, if you begin to slide into your former eating patterns, refuse to give up and abandon your effort. Persistence is better than perfection.

“Accepting the setback and moving on is the best strategy,” says Tallmadge. Tallmadge notes that weight loss studies have shown those who keep weight off and those who regain weight typically have the same number of slip-ups. “Successful people just know how to rebound from them better,” she says.

Making a resolution to eat better doesn’t mean you have to fight your wayward dining habits all alone. Solicit the advice of nutrition counselors, doctors, or the 92-yearold marathon runner next door if you think they can help you help you get—and stay—on the right track.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lucille Roberts Dollar Sale

Now is the time to join Lucille Roberts! For the next two days you can get a membership at any Lucille Roberts for just one dollar. Think of all the money you will save and all the weight you can loose for just one dollar. You better act now because Lucille Roberts Dollar sale wont be around forever.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why Kick It into High Gear? The benefits of cardiovascular exercise

Ok all you exercise demons, it's time to get out there and really kick it up a notch…and couch potatoes, the time has come to lace up your sneakers and get moving. I know not everyone loves exercise…I get it, but at some point you're going to have to realize that cardio is good for you! And, dare I say, fun?

So what exactly is cardiovascular exercise? Simply stated it's any movement that gets your heart rate up and increases blood circulation throughout the body. Cardiovascular exercise really does do your body good in a number of ways and it doesn't demand hours of devotion. Try to move three to five times a week, keeping your heart rate up for at least 25 minutes. Soon you will discover the benefits of cardiovascular exercise including:

Burn Baby Burn: Say goodbye to extra calories each time you get that heart rate going…the more strenuous the activity is, the more calories you'll burn. And the more calories burned the better. Plus cardio raises your metabolism so you get to burn more calories even hours after your exercise is done. So go for a run, take a kick boxing class, or ride your bike, any exercise that increases your heart rate counts.

Bye Bye Body Fat: Honest, cardiovascular fitness is associated with fat loss. First of all, it decreases appetite in many people…and even if it doesn't, it does promote lean body tissue and lower the percentage of body fat. Try running up and down stairs, or take a step class to get that heart pumping.

Let the Sunshine In: Cardio exercise actually improves your mood. So even if you're grumpy over the idea of exercising, you'll feel a whole lot better once you're done. Elevating the heart rate elevates your mood and helps alleviate fatigue and depression. Wow, just hearing it makes you happy, right?

Toughen Up Your Ticker: When you increase your heart rate, you actually improve heart and lung function since you pump more blood and transport more oxygen with less effort. Plus, cardio exercise has been shown to play a significant role in lowering the risk for coronary artery disease. Even lifting weights in swift repetition is cardio, and it improves muscle mass at the same time.

Put Up a Fight: The more exercise you do, the more assistance you give your immune system in fighting off disease. Plus, it helps you create a stronger skeletal system and increases muscle mass so your body is stronger and less prone to disease and damage. It's even been shown to help individuals with diabetes manage their sugar levels more efficiently.

So, have I convinced you yet? Cardiovascular exercise is good for body and mind, and I don't mind telling you, without it, you're missing an opportunity to keep yourself the best you can be. So kick up your heels and get moving. Oh, and about it being fun…for me aerobic exercise classes at Lucille Roberts and some belly dancing classes on the weekend make me smile every time.

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Monday, September 14, 2009


Congratulations are definitely in order if you've lost weight. But now what? How are you going to keep it off? The truth is, losing weight isn't nearly as difficult as keeping it off, especially if you return to your old eating habits. In fact, if you're not careful, the weight you lost can come back quite easily, along with a few extra pounds for good measure (or bad!).


Of course, the most important thing to remember is….don't forget! Continue to implement the strategies you used to lose the weight in the first place. Chances are some, if not all of the ideas listed below were initiatives you used during your dieting days. Stick to them and chances are good, you can keep off those pounds you worked so hard to shed for a good long time.

1. Exercise Your Right To Move: Many women find that exercise has become a welcome part of their life. Others don't love it, but exercise anyway. Regular exercise ( at least four days a week) is important for burning calories, so it's good for your body, plus, it's great for your heart.

2. A Fistful Is All the Punch You Need: When it comes to portion control, the general rule is, if it's bigger than your fist, chances are good that your chosen portion is way out of proportion. For most foods a fistful is usually just about the right amount to eat at one sitting. But beware, a fistful of chocolate chips, nuts, fat filled cheeses, etc. is still off limits and too much. Along with portion control, smart food choices still rule!

3. Plan Ahead: Make sure that the cupboards are never bare. Be sure that you have healthy foods on hand at all times on your kitchen shelves as well as the refrigerator. Plan your meals ahead of time so that you aren't tempted to cheat or go off your diet plan of healthy choices.

4. Write it Down: If you haven't been keeping a journal or food diary, start one now. Writing down everything you eat and drink helps keep you in control of your eating. Plus, it's a great way to see when, where and why you eat, which is especially helpful for those times when you eat something you know you shouldn't.

5. Eat Less, More Often: This particular trick is not without its controversy. One school of thought is, to stick to three square meals a day. The other is, eat small meals more times a day. The thinking behind this is that the human digestion machine burns calories just to first up its digestive track, so the more small meals or snacks you eat throughout the day, the more calories you'll burn. There isn't much solid to back this up, but many experts believe that compared to eating very heavy meals a few times a day, smaller, more frequent eating is a more healthful.

6. Don't Skip Breakfast: Don't go hungry. If you skip breakfast, you may end up eating more calories at lunch, or during other times of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast gets you ready for your day. Be sure to cover all the important food groups in the morning with a bit of protein, dairy and whole grain.

7. Hydrate for Health: You've heard it before….now hear it again. Drinking around eight cups of water a day may help burn up 100 extra calories a day. Plus, it fills you up especially when taken before meals, or when you're having those inevitable pangs of hunger. Drinking water also helps your skin and general health. If you don't like plain water, add lemon or lime, whatever it takes to get those 8 glasses in, will work wonders towards keeping you on track.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ten Changes You Can Make to Your Diet to Start Losing Weight

The truth about diets is that most of them fail. Diets are often an expensive, temporary solution to lose weight with very little long-term success. Most diets do not fit into normal life and can actually lower your metabolism if not supplemented with physical activity. However, by making the following ten changes to your diet, you can start losing weight and keep it off for good.

1. Drink six or more glasses of water daily. Divide your weight in pounds by two and the resulting number is the number of ounces of water you need to consume on a daily basis to maintain and control your weight. Get a water purification system, add lemons or limes to your water and carry water with you everywhere you go. Be sure to drink at least two cups of water with every meal.

2. Use a salt substitute. Salt does not contain any calories, but it does cause the body to retain water. Use a salt substitute and your body will expel water and weigh less.

3. Take a multi-vitamin daily. Multi-vitamins not only enhance general health and provide protection from certain types of cancers, but medical doctors have also linked multi-vitamins to weight loss. Take a multi-vitamin with chromium, vitamins B-6 and B-12 once a day with breakfast to start shedding pounds.

4. Avoid cream and sugar in your coffee & tea by switching to artificial sweetener. The caffeine found in coffees and teas is as an appetite suppressant, making you less hungry after drinking to help you eat less at your next meal. Without sugars, creams or other additives, an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains around 2 calories! However, two teaspoons of sugar is equal to 30 calories and one tablespoon of cream accounts for just over 50 calories, so switch to artificial sweeteners for maximum weight loss.

5. Boil and drain vegetables without butter. Feel free to eat your favorite vegetables with every meal, as long as you boil them without butter. Vegetables are caloric dense, meaning you will feel fuller from eating smaller portions. Use vinegar or lemon juice instead for taste.

6. Avoid dressing in your salad. By using vinegar, lemon juice or artificial sweetener in your salad, you can cut down on fat without sacrificing on taste.

7. Boil or broil all lean meats and fish (beef, veal, lamb, fowl and fish). Lean meats are high in muscle-building, fat-burning proteins. The leanest poultry choice that is also high in protein is white meat from the breast of chicken or turkey. Check labels on ground meat and only buy ground beef made from 90% or higher lean meat.

8. Avoid pork and shell fish. Pork and shellfish calories can be especially high due to added sugars and fats. Limit your portions of pork and shellfish or eliminate them from your diet.

9. Do not eat between meals or skip any meals. Eat meals at the same time each day. Skipping meals not only makes you hungrier, so that you will eat more than usual at your next meal, but also creates metabolic changes in the body that can result in weight gain.

10. Avoid all alcoholic beverages. Pure alcohol contains close to 7 calories per gram, making it almost twice as fattening as carbohydrates or proteins, which both contain about 4 calories per gram. If you want to lose weight and reduce body fat, stay away from alcoholic drinks.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Its Strength Training Time!

Tighten up as you lighten up, that's what strength training is all about. It's an extraordinary way to tone your body and turn that extra flab into muscle. We're not talking about body building, just simple, light weights and floor exercises designed for targeting different muscle groups. Contrary to popular believe, strength training may be more important to successful fat loss than aerobic exercise. Depending upon the intensity of your workout, you may actually burn more calories with weight training. Done right, you will gain muscle, but you'll lose fat, and muscle burns calories faster than fat ever will. In just 30 minutes, two to three times per week you can tone, tighten and lose weight.

There are a number of strength training exercises you should incorporate into your exercise routine, each targeting different areas. These include the following:

· Squats: These work your gluts, quads, calves and hamstrings all at the same time.

· Push Ups: Work all the muscles of your body at once including your chest, shoulders, back, triceps and abs.

· Lunges: Tighten up those leg muscles including quads, gluts, calves and hamstrings.

· Sit ups: Work those abs with crunches and sit ups as well as elbow to knee twists.

· Weights: Using light weights to focus on your arms shows almost instant results. Toning your arms is best done with single-joint movements like curls, kickbacks, tricep presses and tricep extensions.

A personal trainer at Lucille Roberts can help design a strength training program that targets each of your muscle groups, appropriate for your strength level. In addition, there are a number of classes specifically designed for strength training as well as those that incorporate all or some of the above mentioned exercises.

Once you understand the importance of the Big Three you're on your way to a stronger, firmer, thinner you. Training with others helps motivate you and keep you on track, and you'll find a community of women at your local Lucille Roberts that have like-minded goals. Hop on a tread mill, do some sit ups, ride an elliptical, join in on one of the hottest exercises classes around, get tips from a personal trainer…everyone's there to help. Plus, Lucille Roberts has a new diet menu each week for you to try as well as weight loss products and supplements to help you reach your goals. Together you can create great things.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lucille Roberts will Amaze You!

Lucille Roberts is the only place that you can work out as much as you want, burn as much fat you want and take as many classes as you want for as little as ten bucks a month with no contracts. For more information visit

Friday, July 31, 2009

How to Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Days

How to Lose Ten Pounds in Ten Days

If you are looking to lose weight, build lean muscle, and reshape your body, there are two things you will need to focus on, proper nutrition and cardiovascular exercises. Proper nutrition and cardiovascular exercises could be the key to losing up to ten pounds in ten days, and keeping it off for good!

Proper nutrition – If you want to lose weight quickly, you probably need to change what and how you eat. Breaking into a new diet can be challenging, and it is easy to get discouraged. However, most people who really stick to a diet lose a significant amount of weight (sometimes up to 30 pounds) within a month or two. For help, review the quick weight loss diet available on the Lucille Roberts website for losing ten pounds in ten days, and do the following:

· Keep a diary of everything you eat

· Drink six or more glasses of water daily.

· Avoid cream and sugar in coffee

· Don't be fooled, even "healthy" juices are full of unnecessary calories and sugar

· Take a multi vitamin

· Flavor boiled or broiled fresh vegetables with vinegar or lemon juice, not butter

· Avoid fatty salad dressings, replace with vinegar, lemon juice or non-fat plain yogurt

· Boil or broil lean meats, fish and poultry

· Use fresh seasonings to awaken flavors in foods without adding fat

· Do not fry anything, most oils are not your friend

· Avoid pork and shellfish

· Watch your portions, if your meat, poultry or fish is larger than the size of your fist….it's too much

· Avoid alcoholic beverages

· Do not skip meals or snack in between meals

· Try to eat each meal at the same time each day

Cardiovascular exercise - For fast, long-lasting weight loss results, cardiovascular exercise is a must. Not only does it elevate your heart rate and help burn fat and calories, it also firms and shapes your body and improves your health. There are many forms of cardiovascular exercise to choose from including the following:

· Brisk walking

· Running

· Biking

· Swimming

· Belly dancing

· Gym classes like pilates, yoga, fit-ball and total body workouts

· Vacuuming and house cleaning

· Stair walking

Lucille Roberts offers a number of fitness classes that are both motivational and fun, and perfect for women of all fitness levels. By focusing on cardiovascular and aerobic exercise, and increasing your heart rate, you can firm up and keep those lost pounds….lost. Consistently focusing on cardiovascular exercise three to five days a week for at least 30 minutes is sure to help. Remember, the more you move, the easier it will be for you to lose weight and keep it off. Another great thing about cardiovascular exercise is, if you're out moving around, you won't be sitting around, thinking about choosing an unhealthy snack to fill the time.

Once you understand the importance of Proper nutrition and cardiovascular exercises you're on your way to a stronger, firmer, thinner you. Training with others can help motivate you and keep you on track, plus its more fun. You'll find a community of women at your local Lucille Roberts that have similar goals. Hop on a tread mill, do some sit ups, ride an elliptical, join in on one of the hottest exercises classes around, get tips from a personal trainer…everyone's there to help.

To locate a Lucille Roberts women’s gym in your area, visit the Lucille Roberts women’s gym locator service.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lucille Roberts

Lucille Roberts was born in the Soviet Union on Dec. 7, 1943, in what is now an independent country, Tajikistan. Her family was Jewish, and after facing religious persecution the Roberts Family immigrated to the United States and settled Brooklyn. When Lucille Roberts was 13, She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and worked in a succession of jobs in retailing.

Lucille Roberts last job was at Kitty Kelly, which sold shoes and other merchandise. Lucille Roberts was promised a $50 raise if she met her sales goals. She reached her goal, but never receive her raise. She quit to start her own business with her husband.

A self-described exercise nut, Lucille Roberts wanted to teach an exercise class for women at a hotel. Instead, she decided that what women really needed was a place where they could exercise with no men around. Lucille Roberts and her husband put up $10,000 of their savings, borrowed $5,000 each from their parents to open a little ''spa'' opposite Macy's in Manhattan.

The club was an immediate success, but its name, the Body Shop, caused confusion: People thought it was an auto-repair business. Within two years, two additional clubs opened, and the name was changed to Lucille Roberts.

The goal was to be friendly to women. No heavy weights or elaborate machines were emphasized; classes were easy to follow and taught by people with less-than-perfect bodies. The classes lasted only 30 minutes so they could easily fit into women's schedules.

Lucille Roberts target market was secretaries, teachers and the wives of policemen, she knew how to please them. Her business strategy involved recruiting as many members as possible and crowding them into large gyms. By continually adding more gyms, she was able to keep down the cost of advertising, a significant and critical expenditure for health clubs on a per-member basis. The result was summed up by a promotional slogan Lucille Roberts used for years: ''More Gym Less Money.''

Lucille Roberts, a businesswoman whose ambition to create inspired a chain of gyms for women, died on July 17th 2003 at New York University Downtown Hospital in Manhattan due to lung cancer at the age of 59.

How to Get Buns of Steel in 30 Days

The truth about our bodies is that the shapes and sizes of our 2,000 parts (and yes, this includes our butts) are, for the most part, genetically predetermined. What this means is that despite the thousands of “butt crunches” and “butt flexes” that we do at the gym day in and day out, mom and dad’s oversized derriere may be holding us back. On the other hand, if your mother and father both fit into a slim pair of Levi’s throughout their glory days, you may already have the full and tight buns you desire. The good news is that with the right training and proper nutrition people can turn even the flabbiest behinds into true buns of steel.

Like every other muscle in the human body, the muscles in our butts need time to recover and build. Therefore, doing one butt exercise after another, day after day, is the least effective way to develop genuine buns of steel. Many beginners found in the weight room tend to believe that more training equals better training, which could not be further from the truth. An effective butt training routine requires just five simple exercises performed 3 times per week to get you well on your way to having the tight, firm butt you have always desired in just 30 days.

Exercise 1: Squats – Perform this butt-wrenching exercise using either dumbbells or a universal barbell to create the resistance required to build lean muscle. Hold dumbbells at your sides or position a weighted bar across your shoulders and squat down in a controlled motion until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Lift up from the legs to a standing position as fast as you can and count these two motions as one repetition. Do four sets of eight repetitions three times per week, alternating between training days and rest days. A good way for beginners to start is by training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If squatting is too intense for you, which is normal for beginners, try using a leg press machine, keeping your feet further apart to target the butt area.

Exercise 2: Lunges – This is the bun-sculpting exercise Jessica Simpson used to fit into her skin-tight Daisy Duke shorts in the movie The Dukes of Hazzard. There are several different types of lunges, including walking, alternating and side lunges, but for now, we will stick with the classic, stationary lunge. Hold two dumbbells at your sides, and from a standing position bring one leg forward, bending both knees so that your back leg is almost touching the floor. Reverse this motion to get back to a standing position and count it as one repetition. Perform this exercise for four total sets of 12 repetitions, or two sets of 12 reps per “forward” leg. Remember to first do a whole set with one leg and then continue with the other leg.

Exercise 3: Flutter Kicks – Also known as hip extensions, flutter kicks are another great way to develop undeniable buns of steel. First, lie face down on a platform with your hips on the edge so that your legs are straight out and your toes are resting lightly on the floor. Lift both legs until they are off the floor and at the level of your hips, holding them in this position briefly. Lift one leg higher than the other and alternate this motion, mimicking a flutter kick performed in water. Do three sets of 20 repetitions for each leg.

Exercise 4: Deadlifts – Coming in at a close second to squats as being the best full-body workout, deadlifts are an excellent way to train your hamstrings, butt and lower back. Form is critical for this exercise, and practice makes perfect. Stand with your feet hip-width apart with a barbell resting on the floor close to your toes. Keeping your back flat and abs in bend forward from the hips and lower your torso to reach the barbell. Lift up from the floor using your lower back, legs and abs while squeezing your butt to rise back up to a standing position. Reverse this motion back to the floor and count this as one repetition. Perform the deadlift for three sets of 8-12 repetitions.

Exercise 5: StairMaster – Stepping on a StairMaster is a great way to tone your butt and build muscular endurance. Feel your body weight as you step down through the heel of each foot and complete full steps, as opposed to mini steps. Start by climbing for 20 minutes, 3 days a week on the same day of the rest of your butt training routine. Add one minute per session until you have reached 45 minutes per day and train on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Incorporate these five butt-building exercises into your workout routine and reap the benefits of sexy, rock-hard buns of steel. Remember that consistency is the name of the game and try not to get discouraged too quickly. Stick to this plan and soon you will be wishing bathing suit season were a year-round occurrence.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to Sculpt Sexy, Bikini-Ready Abs in 30 Days

Diets, countless abdominal exercises and daily 45-minute cardio training sessions form the equation millions of women rely on week after week in an attempt to lose unwanted belly fat and build a sexy mid section. Unfortunately, very few are actually able to accomplish this feat. Why, you might ask? Maybe it is because many of the “health foods” marketed by the diet food industry are not as healthy as they would like women to believe. It may be because abdominal exercises such as sit-ups and crunches are actually the least effective way to build muscle in your mid section. On the other hand, perhaps it is the fact that long, daily cardiovascular exercise routines do not yield the best results in losing stubborn belly fat. The truth of the matter is, the traditional methods of developing chiseled and sexy bikini-ready abs are outdated, ineffective and can even be counterproductive, and too few women are aware of it. Even women returning to exercise after pregnancy do not realize that proper nutrition and a gradual return to exercise are necessary to achieve the best results in abdominal sculpting. Follow these simple steps to be on your way to the stomach of your dreams in just 30 days.

Step 1: Sexy Six-Pack Abs Start in the Mind - The first step to sexy abs is to understand that most abdominal workouts, although effective in strengthening and toning the muscles in your mid section, will not get rid of stubborn belly fat. Specific and targeted abdominal exercises are certainly beneficial when mixed into a rigorous, full body routine, but ultimately ineffective in producing sexy abs when performed alone. The same is true for cardiovascular exercise routines, which help burn unwanted body fat but are hardly effective without incorporating strenuous, high intensity resistance training. On the contrary, a frequent, high-intensity full body routine and a balanced diet filled with healthy nutrients is the best combination for burning fat and revving up your metabolism so that your sexy abdominal muscles will show. As a side note, it might also prove interesting to know that most women have six-pack abs beneath their belly fat-the secret is simply learning how to reveal them!

Step 2: Speed- Up Your Metabolism with HIIT Cardio –The common misconception about cardiovascular exercise lies in your individual metabolic rate, or metabolism. Sculpting sexy abs by spending long lengths of time on a treadmill is a traditional technique based on the theory that this type of aerobic exercise pumps more oxygen through your body in order to burn fat and energy. However, recent research has pointed to a different type of training, known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), as the best solution to sexy abs. HIIT in its simplest form is an anaerobic exercise that makes you work slightly harder but in less time. Varied intensities of cardiovascular exercise raise the body’s metabolism for up to the next 24 to 48 hours after training, where the metabolic rate returns to normal after slower, low-intensity sessions. Keep in mind, that too much time spent on a treadmill (or other cardiovascular machine) can begin to burn muscle, your body’s greatest ally in burning fat. When it comes to sculpting a sexy mid section, less cardio may actually be more. Try this routine during your next visit to the gym- all it takes is 26 minutes:

1. Jog briskly for 5 minutes at 3.5 mph

2. Jog for 4 minutes at 5.0 mph

3. Run for 8 minutes at 6.0 mph

4. Jog for 4 minutes at 5.0 mph

5. Jog briskly for 5 minutes at 3.5 mph

Step 3: Ten Strategies for Sexy Abs through Nutrition – One of the single most effective ways to show the six-pack of your dreams is by losing stubborn belly fat through healthy nutrition. Follow these ten nutrition strategies and be on your way to sexy abs in 30 days:

1. Protein shakes after a workout: Plain and simply, protein builds muscle and muscle burns fat. Consume 40 to 60 grams of whey protein per day after a workout and decrease body fat fast! Whey protein also increases satiety, meaning you will be less hungry throughout the day.

2. Dairy products to help weight management: The vitamin D found in dairy products promotes calcium absorption and regulates the metabolism by suppressing fat synthesis and sparking fat burning.

3. Overindulge in low energy density foods: Consume large quantities of low energy density foods that are low in calories but fill you up based on their total volume. Low energy density foods include whipped shakes, broth-based soups, non-starchy vegetables and many fruits.

4. Eat often: The more often we eat the less hungry we feel later on (as long as we are not at the McDonald’s drive thru every three hours). Skipping meals to lose weight will only cause you to overeat at your next meal due to increased hunger.

5. Switch to green tea: Green tea extract and caffeine increase energy expenditure when combined, which means you are burning calories. Habitual green tea drinkers tend to have better overall weight maintenance.

6. Always avoid trans fats: Trans fats are associated with increased abdominal fat deposition. Avoid any food that contains “partially hydrogenated oil” and shed pounds fast.

7. Load up on omega-3s: Omega-3s alter the expression of genes tied to fatty acid oxidation. Consume plenty of salmon, mackerel, herring, halibut, sardines and tuna steak. Try omega-3 supplements if you do not eat from the sea.

8. Beware of sugar-free products: Sugar free gums and candies may sound like a compromising reward for your hard work but ultimately lead to bloating and abdominal discomfort.

9. Get the sugar out: Sugar spikes your insulin and increases your cravings for more sweets. Therefore, daily trips to Dunkin’ Donuts do not yield positive results.

10. Put down the booze: Physically fit people do not drink alcohol on a regular basis. Make the choice between six-pack abs and a six-pack of Bud.

Step Four: Building up the Muscles in your Abdomen – When strengthening the muscles in your abdomen, always be sure to hit each region, or muscle group, to maintain a balanced and proportionate mid section. Follow this routine three times a week to shred those abdominal muscles and help them grow:

1. V-Crunches: Lie on a mat and bring your arms to your feet, forming a V-crunch that works the lower abdominals. Repeat this motion for 20 repetitions.

2. Hip Raises: Lie on your back with your knees bent and lift your hips to the ceiling while keeping your feet on the floor. Do this for 20 repetitions.

3. Crossed Knee Crunch: Lie on the floor in a normal crunch position and place one of your feet in a 90-degree angle on top of your other leg. Do a cross-crunch by touching your elbow with the opposite knee. Repeat this exercise for 15 repetitions on each side

4. Abdominal Plank: Do a plank for 30 seconds. Lie on your stomach, touch your forearms and toes to the floor and raise your belly off the floor. Hold this position for 30 seconds.

5. Leg Lifts: Lie on your back and lift your legs a few inches above the ground. Perform this motion for 30 repetitions.

Step 5: Patience is a VirtueFollow this guide and be well on your way to sexy, bikini-ready abs in 30 days. Continue using this program for as long as you need to for progressive results and remember to remain patient. One of the biggest obstacles you will face is staying motivated in the face of discouragement but if you stick to your guns your stomach will certainly thank you.

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