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Shape Up: My Bikini Boot Camp Plan

Shape Up: My Bikini Boot Camp Plan
It’s May ladies. And this can only mean one thing: Bikini season is upon us. Yikes! When bikini season is on the line, fasts and fad diets may be tempting. My Bikini Boot Camp Plan: The Rules The Off-Limits List No candy, baked goods, or ice cream. Breakfast Options Any of the breakfast options from my 7 Days to Skinny Jeans Plan1 slice of whole grain toast with one scrambled egg and half of a grapefruitBanana Oatmeal Smoothie: Blend together one banana, 1 cup ice, ¼ cup cooked oatmeal, 1 tablespoon chopped almonds, ½ cup milk of your choice (I prefer almond milk), pinch of cinnamonLow-fat yogurt with 1 sliced banana, ½ cup of fresh berries, and a drizzle of agave nectarEgg whites served with a slice of toast with ¼ of an avocado mashed on top with chili flakes or a pinch of garlic salt Lunch & Dinner Options Snacks Grapes & GrahamsPear or apple with string cheeseGreek yogurt with pomegranate seedsHummus and veggiesRaw vegetablesAny of the snacks listed in my 7 Days to Skinny Jeans Plan P.S. Related:  Weight & Weight Loss

Kneeling Roundhouse Kick - Top 10 Moves for Thinner Thighs - Shape Magazine - Page 8 This kickboxing inspired move is a great way to shape and tone the outer hips and thighs. How to do it: Start kneeling on all fours (on carpet or a mat) with your arms extended under your shoulders and knees bent under your hips. Lift your left knee off the floor, bending your left heel in closer to your body [A]. From here, extend your leg straight out, pointing your toe, shin and shoelaces facing forward [C]. Quick Form Tip: Draw your abs in tight and try not to lean away from your legs as you lift it into your kick—press both arms strong into the floor, keeping hips square. You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) Slim, strengthen, and define your thighs with this power circuit! Promo Subtitle Image Alt Text Woman's legs Title Text Top 10 Moves for Thinner Thighs Media Folder: Media Root By Jessica Smith Topics: FeaturedTopic: leg workouts Related articles

20 Celebs Criticized for Their Curves Accusation: The queen of curves was criticized when an unretouched image from a photoshoot was leaked showing cellulite and a few extra inches that the final picture didn't have.Response: She fired back on her blog saying, "I'm proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn't mean I'm perfect." [Click to Tweet this!] You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) And what they have to say about it Promo Subtitle And what they have to say about it. Image Alt Text 20 Celebs Criticized for Their Curves Title Text Media Folder: Media Root By Charlotte Andersen Topics: FeaturedTopic: body image Related articles

The Science of Beauty Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for Women's Health by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn't it be great if there was a magical lower abs workout?), so you'll burn more fat while toning up. Directions Do these workout moves three nonconsecutive days a week. Melt Your Middle Follow this interval-training program three times a week after your core workout. For this interval workout, remember to include an easy 3- to 5-minute warmup and cooldown. MOVE 1Basic Workout: Plank Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. MOVE 2Basic Workout: Side Plank Lie on your right side with your legs straight. MOVE 3Basic Workout: Glute Bridge March Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

Plie Slides - Top 10 Moves for Thinner Thighs - Shape Magazine - Page 6 This ballet-inspired move is a great inner- and outer-thigh toner. How to do it: Start standing with your hands on you hips, heels pressed together and toes rotated out to the sides (about 45 degrees) [A]. Step your left foot out (wider than hip-width apart), into a deep "plie": bend both knees out over your toes, lowering your body straight down to the floor, keeping your back straight and abs in tight [B]. Next, as you rise up out of the plie, slide your left heel back in towards your right, straightening your legs and returning to start position. Repeat 15 times with the left, 15 times with the right. Quick Form Tip: Make sure your knees stay lined up over your toes on the plie, don't let them roll in. You can use your keyboard to see the next slide ( ← previous, → next) Slim, strengthen, and define your thighs with this power circuit! Promo Subtitle Image Alt Text Woman's legs Title Text Top 10 Moves for Thinner Thighs Media Folder: Media Root By Jessica Smith Topics: FeaturedTopic: leg workouts

Look Five Pounds Thinner with the Right Bra Who doesn’t remember that awkward moment when your mom took you to the local department store to buy your first bra? You walked into a vast sea of nude and blush-colored brassieres and passed by shockingly large cup sizes that could hold watermelons—a far cry from your humble set. And the person to help you find the right bra for your newly perky breasts? An elderly lady, peering down at you over the reading glasses perched on her nose, measuring tape in hand. Even though her attitude was one of “I’ve seen it all before, honey” you felt mortified, anxious and overwhelmed. And if you step into a department store today to pick up a new bra, chances are, not much has changed since then. QUIZ: How Happy Are You? Sure, now that training bras are in your distant past, you probably pop into Victoria’s Secret instead and pick up a sexy bra or two, but the person helping you this time around is most likely about 20 years old and has no clue about how a good bra should fit. Don’t sweat the sizing.

Lipstick and Cake Nutella Cupcakes Recipe Today is World Nutella Day, so you knew there was no way I’d forgo posting something that utilizes this delicious Chocolate Hazlenut spread. As I have stated once or twice, I love Nutella and I’m pretty certain you could smear the stuff on a piece of cardboard and I’d be completely content! Taking a simple chocolate cupcake recipe and filling the middle with that awesome Nutella lusciousness, definitely quenches that hazelnut craving that I get more frequently than I’d like to admit. Top off with Nutella buttercream, and these are truly irresistible to those Nutella fanatics that I know are plentiful! This post is not your typical MBA post; meaning it’s not a complete recipe. The Method: -I made one of my favorite chocolate cupcake recipes according to the recipe directions (you’ll see my fave in an upcoming fundamentals post). A Few Notes: -New to making buttercream frosting? Looking for more Nutella Deliciousness? If you enjoyed this recipe, you may like...

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