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Princess Post: Drugstore Must-Have!

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 10:35AM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

If there is one item you absolutely must have on your tub, in your gym bag or in your shower caddy, it's the Tone's Daily Detox White Clay and Jasmine body wash.

First of all, it smells amazing! While I was in the shower, it smelled like I was on a Hawaiian Resort. You only need a small amount and it creates a full, moisture-rich lather that exfoliates while cleansing and moisturizing. I am totally hooked after one use!

I was so pleased with the instant results that I ran downstairs and told my bf to feel how soft my skin was. He said that my skin was a lot softer than usual.

The best part? It's available at your neighborhood drugstore for under $5! Why are you still reading this post? Go try it for yourself!!!




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Volunteering at the Philadelphia Zoo =)

Mon, 10/11/2010 - 6:44PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

Hey lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend. I went to the Philadelphia Zoo to volunteer with the "Creatures of Culture" exhibit. It was so much fun. My bf and I worked at the arts and crafts table making quetzal birds with the kids.

FUN FACT!- The quetzal is a bird from Guatemala who symbolizes wealth and freedom. Its tail feathers were used as currency in the past and the present form of Guatemalan currency is...the quetzal!

After our shift, we decided to stay and explore the zoo.

FITNESS FACT!- Walking around at a zoo is GREAT exercise! With all those hills and steep slopes, my legs and butt were FEELING it!

My bf and I were absolutely stunned at the majesty of these animals. It's one thing to see them on the discovery channel and animal planet, but it is quite different to make direct eye contact with a 500 pound male silver-back gorilla. And that is what we did. His name was Jabari.

He's 25 and he acted just like a 25 year old man. He was chillin, lounging around chewing on his chew toy. Jabari would then look my bf in the eyes and then roll his eyes and turn his head. He did this quite a few times before coming up to the glass to defecate right in front of my bf! Seriously! It was insane.

That connection with Jabari and all of the other animals created a deeper level of respect for the planet and the animals on the planet. If you have not yet been to a zoo, or you haven't been in a long time, I encourage you to PLEASE go to your closest one...you'll love it and learn something. Maybe you can volunteer at your zoo too!

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Workout For YOUR Body!

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 10:06PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

So, you look in the mirror and tell yourself "Girl, you got a little thick lately" or "I can stand to drop a few pounds" - which is perfectly fine. However, looking at a magazine and wondering why you can't look like the girl on the cover and then working out and practically starving yourself to get there is NOT ok. I repeat, NOT ok.

*Before I get any backlash, I know that I used a Victoria's Secret photo with the model, but I am purely focused on the bikini, not being shaped like the model.*

Ok, anyways, it's not ok to try to model yourself like these models out here. While you're at home asking why you can't look like the girl on the magazine, the girl on the magazine is wondering why she can't look like the girl on the magazine. Seriously, these photo editors can make pictures look like ANYTHING so we can't even tell what real is anymore.

We're so programmed to think that skinny is the only acceptable body-style, when there are so many other beautiful bodies out there. There are small frames, tall frames, short frames, athletic frames, large frames, curvy frames, thin frames, etc.

I, too, was caught up in the whole skinny body. When I was a freshman in college 4 years ago, I lost so much weight. I ended up weighing in at about 124 pounds. Now, don't think about the number. I'm 5'5 and I have a body frame that isn't meant to be skinny. Here's a pic of what I look like-

So, by looking at the picture (which is actually a before pic I'm a lot more defined now, but that's for later) you can estimate that I weighed (then) 150 pounds. You can only imagine how sick I looked at my smallest weight.

Once I got out of the mindset that skinny was it and stopped relying on a scale, I started to look at fitness models. They were eating a lot more than I was and they had these GORGEOUS bodies! They were fit, tight and well-muscled for their frames. Here's one of my favorites-

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AVA COWAN! She worked out for HER OWN body-type and she looks phenomenal!

Trust me (I've done the un-fun legwork) it's so much better to work out for YOUR own UNIQUE body-type instead of the media-branded "typical body". The results will be yours and yours alone. So, commit to be fit for your OWN body frame!



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Find Your Motivation

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 10:05PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

Let's be real here, working out and staying healthy is definitely a CHORE!! Yes, I said it. There are just some days when I would rather have a slice of pizza wrapped around a cheese burger and fries and fried chicken with a gallon of chocolate ice-cream with hot fudge, sprinkles and Reese's cups for dessert all washed down with a Mountain Dew!... ok, maybe not that extreme and gross, but there are times when I want Ben and Jerry's or a big bowl of mamma's mac and cheese...

I can only resist the urge with discipline. My discipline is very visual and something that I keep in the back of my mind all day. Here it is... 

SEE?!?! How unforgiving is this bathing suit? It is so, so, so SEXY, but any kind of *unmentionable* will be noticeable. (By the way, it's from Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy 2011 collection. The top is $49 and the bottom is $15.)

Now, I already bought it, so I kinda have no choice but to be able to flaunt it sans cover-up. This image stays with me and especially comes in my mind when it comes time to choose between a few extra hours of sleep or a run and strength training, Ben and Jerry's or Fro-Yo, takeout and cooking my own food, etc.

So, I challenge all of you beautiful people...find your motivation and carry it with you all day so you never forget why you want to be fit. Let's make this fun too...leave a comment telling me how YOU commit to be fit :)

*smooches*

brittanysherell- the fitness princess



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The Time to Get Your Summer Body is...NOW!

Thu, 09/30/2010 - 6:07PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

Ok, so you would think "I'll work out uber hard in the spring to get my summer body" and that would work, right? I mean, yeah, but not exactly.

I would call that being "crash fit" which is similar to a "crash diet." I'm sorry, but I wouldn't want to do anything that has the word "crash" in it. When you do anything in a quick period of time, it goes away just as fast as you gained it. So, ladies (and gentlemen), if you would like to tone up for a wedding or summer vacation (or for overall health) crashing is NOT THE WAY TO DO IT! Sure, you will lose weight in a quick amount of time, but trust me...you WILL gain it all back just as fast as you took it off.

The only way to get and retain that FABULOUS body is to make some swaps in your life. You have to create a more healthy and fit lifestyle for yourself. That way, you won't feel deprived of  living your life AND you get the body you want... it's a win win!

So, what would my advice be to you?

Think BIG start small...

Make it a point to walk (or run...depending on your fitness level) everyday

Try cooking methods that are healthier (steaming, stir fry, etc)

Add some small exercise (like squats, pushups and crunches) to your everyday regime

AND MORE!

I'll be here to guide you along the way and answer any and all questions you may have (just leave them as a comment)

Trust me...if I can bring myself from 154 to 133 pounds and from a size 8 to a 4... you can create the body YOU want too :)

The time to get your sexy summer body is not in the spring...it's right now, in the fall...TODAY!

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*Smooches!*

 



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Keep a Food Diary

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 7:24PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

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Hey :)

For those of you first starting out on your quest to a new you, the first thing you need to do is to monitor what you eat. Write down every morsel that enters your mouth- salads, gum, candy, snacks, mints...everything. In addition, write what you were doing while you were eating. After a week of doing so, take a look at what you've written. Do you see any patterns? Do you find yourself eating Ben and Jerry's while on your laptop or eating popcorn while doing homework?

The next thing to do is change those patterns to healthier ones. The easiest fix is to leave eating to a specified area AWAY from all distractions so that you can focus on nothing but eating at that moment. Now, I'm not saying don't have gum and candy (because I love them) but everything in moderation is key. I'll repeat that. EVERYTHING IN MODERATION IS KEY!

Once you see changes in what you're eating and how you're eating it, you will see changes to your body. Then add on a physical plan and watch your body transform.

Good Luck! :)

 



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Yoga for Sleep

Sun, 09/26/2010 - 11:44AM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

Last night, I had such a hard time falling asleep. So, while laying in the bed, I remembered that I read something in Woman's Health Magazine about doing certain yoga poses for sleep. I then went back to the site and did each pose. By the time I got to the Savasana pose...I was yawning and pretty much rolled over and went straight to sleep. When I woke up this morning, I felt so energized and so rested that I had to tell you all about it. I am definitely making this a nighttime regime!

For what I did...check out this link on Women's Health Magazine.com

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/bedtime-yoga

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The Best Fall Foods (In my opinion)

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 5:27PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

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An apple a day...just might keep the doctor away. Apples are low in calories, high in fiber (to keep you fuller longer), cholesterol free, full of potassium and the famous vitamin C (to keep that doctor away)

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Herbs are the best way to organically season your food without the additives and preservatives

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Not just for carving and decorations, winter squash (which includes, pumpkins, acorn squash and butternut squash) are cancer-preventing, full of vitamin A, C, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium and folate (which helps to prevent heart attacks and stroke)... and that's nothing to make a face at

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Pomegranates are an under-rated SUPER food! Not only do they taste delicious and satisfy any sweet-tooth you may have, but these little guys prevent against cancer, plaque, Alzheimer's AND lowers your cholesterol...not bad

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Peppers add flavor and crunch to dishes and are perfect for stir fries. Not only that, but they are full of vitamins A, C and K, chock-full of antioxidants (especially the red ones...they may also aid in speeding the metabolism), full of fiber and support immune-system health

Thanks to www.healthdiaries.com, www.exerciseabout.com, whfoods.com and home.howstuffworks.com



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Thu, 09/09/2010 - 11:05AM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

A bad day for your ego is a good one for your soul

<p>Jillian Michaels


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Budget-Friendly Dates

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 9:41PM by brittanysherell 0 Comments -

This current economy has been hard on everyone. Everyone is tight-fisted when it comes to their finances. However, we all want to be able to live and enjoy every aspect of our lives. I've personally heard people complain about the recession making it so hard to date because everything costs so much money. What used to be dinner and a movie has been reduced to dinner OR a movie.

For those of you who feel that way, my advice to you is to get creative with your dates! Here's a list of my top 5 budget-friendly dates...(guaranteed to impress your guy because he doesn't have to spend all his money!)

1. Movie night...at home- I think this is the most romantic. Light some candles (save on that electric bill), pop in a good movie and get under a warm, fuzzy blanket with healthy snacks (I like Pirate's booty, Stacy's cinnamon sugar pita chips, chocolate covered pretzels and trail mix). The best thing about this- other than the fact that it's absolutely free- is that there's no cell phones ringing, babies crying, over-priced fattening snacks and people you don't know hogging the armrest.

2. Dinner for 2, by 2- Cook together! This is so much fun. This helps you to connect mentally as you prepare a 4 course meal for you both to enjoy.

3. Take a walk- Never underestimate the good old "walk on the beach" or "walk in the park." This is a great time to just talk. You can talk about your goals, dreams, ambitions and wishes. A good long walk is very intimate and healthy for you as well.

4. Work Out- But not in a gym. Take your date to a kickboxing gym, or a rock-climbing wall. To add some friendly competition, place romantic bets like "loser has to give a backrub." You might want to win...or lose in this situation. lol.

5. Go on a day date- Take a walk through the farmer's market or another community event. Sample the food and take in all the free entertainment.

So, you see, you can have all the romance in a date without breaking the bank...it just takes some creativity. Happy dating!