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The continued fitness manifesto (and knowing when you overdid it)

The continued fitness manifesto (and knowing when you overdid it)

I want to tell you I had an over-ambitious day. But the truth is, even in saying that, I want to kick my own ass – because I have so many amazing friends that do triple what I do in a day, and still are as strong and radiant as always. I am going out of town in a few days, and so was trying to fit a whole lot of activity into one day – and in the course of the last 10 or so hours, I packed for my trip, did laundry, did pre-Passover shopping (when I come back from Austin, Passover is just a few days later), and capped it off with a 90-minute intermediate level Vinyasa Yoga class at my local gym. Am I qualified enough to call myself Intermediate? Probably not. Can I handle a 90-minute class? Well, I thought I could…I’ve done hour classes...

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Fun fashion finds for the gym!

Fun fashion finds for the gym!

I feel like my relationship with fitness (and health, and dieting) is very up and down this past year — I do really well for a while, and I do really bad for a while. A lot has to do with related circumstances – I tend to not incorporate fitness or eating right into a travel intensive schedule, or when I feel a lack of support. Once upon a time, I was Princess Will Power, now, I’m easily succumbed when a friend encourages me to taste that dessert or eat that burger. It’s hard, it’s really hard, because even now, reading this — I see myself blaming everything and everyone but myself for a situation that is my own doing. But I’m also trying to keep things fun and different — and part of that is shaking up the gym...

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Ever wonder about the slim-down secrets of the celebs?

Ever wonder about the slim-down secrets of the celebs?

Obviously, I did. And do. So much that I’ve been TIRELESSLY working  all week on a piece for Celebuzz where we went to some of the top trainers in the biz — the very ones who work with the top stars – and learned how they make magic happen. (Actually…where does that tirelessly phrase come from? It’s not really accurate. Tiredly! Much of my work while not tiresome results in one being tired!) – this was a super-fun project though and I learned so much!) Can you imagine the stress of having to wear sheer, cutouts, slits and mermaid silhouettes — in front of all of America, and have them criticize you at the slightest jiggle? That’s why these trainers are in HOT regard. Some of the best tips (from the greatest out there!)...

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Opening my heart: The reason I decided to have a Valentine’s date with Yoga (and myself)

Opening my heart: The reason I decided to have a Valentine’s date with Yoga (and myself)

A few weeks ago, I joined Crunch Gym, and now receive their weekly emails about special gym events and promotions. Yesterday, in honor of Valentine’s Day, they had an “ex factor” boxing class for singles — you could put the picture of your ex (or your estranged not-yet-ex, whatever) on an Everlast bag and box your heart out. I considered it, but then I realized…doesn’t it perpetuate the exact emotions we’re trying so hard to avoid? Some of us celebrated love yesterday, others spent it curses ex(es), regardless — it’s a day full of feelings. I spent the morning of Valentines Day 2012 wallowing  — still very sick following my first surgery, and feeling distinctly alone and abandoned. I spent...

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Valentine’s countdown: The best exercises to look hot in your little red dress!

Valentine’s countdown: The best exercises to look hot in your little red dress!

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I’m counting down with an assortment of tips I hope will make your day even more fabulous. Today, I’m sharing a recent article I wrote for LovingYou.com — full of workout advice to look your hottest on the big date night, including input from some of my very favorite celebrity trainers. I hope it helps! If you have any tips of your own, please comment below or tweet...

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Cooking with Gina Neely (and the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge!)

Cooking with Gina Neely (and the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge!)

So, last week – on a different rainy day — I got to meet one of my Food Network favorites, Gina Neely — she had partnered with George Foreman Grills to launch the “George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge” – the brand’s first ever weight loss program, and launched it with a fun cooking class! Gina Neely recently took the challenge and lost twenty pounds and 12 inches in just 12 weeks — she looks crazy amazing. “Prior to taking the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge, I wasn’t in my best shape because, like many women, I was busy concentrating on career and family. Even as a chef, I found it hard to make time to eat right and live a balanced life,” said Gina Neely .  “The George...

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Surviving this flu season (it’s no easy feat)

Surviving this flu season (it’s no easy feat)

This flu season has been pretty ridiculous. Multiple states have declared public health emergency, and scores of people — young and old — are dying every day. Just yesterday, I read of 4 teenagers  who died in NJ of the flu this month. And in Connecticut  17 people have died this week — with over 1500 currently so ill they are hospitalized. This has hit very close to home for me – my own grandmother died earlier this week — otherwise healthy beforehand — and that’s why, though this isn’t normally the type of content I put in my blog, I’m embracing the TUDE side of Aly-tude and imploring you all to take care of yourselves. Do so to keep yourselves healthy and strong, but also to not spread this flu any...

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Look thinner this Thanksgiving!

Look thinner this Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving morning! Chances are you have big plans tonight and through this weekend – and you probably want to look your hottest. Actually, when DON’T you want to look your absolute best. (Only correct answer: Never.) Check out my recent blog post for Completely You on quick easy ways to make yourself look pounds thinner — sometimes, it’s just a matter of choosing the right shoes! (And, when you are done getting ready, have a great holiday!)

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Lancome Génifique Day: Feel Your Best and Make a Difference this October 19!

Lancome Génifique Day: Feel Your Best and Make a Difference this October 19!

We all know Lancôme. It’s the world’s largest luxury beauty brand and has been around forever. But there was some amazing things I didn’t know, and I learned more a few weeks ago when the brand invited me along with some of my beauty editor besties to join them in Memphis at  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to learn about Genifique Day. For those not familiar with the initiative, it’s pretty amazing: On October 19, 2012 (and at select Lancôme counters during the month of October)  Lancôme will donate $7 from the in-store or online sale of every bottle of select Génifique products to St. Jude. St. Jude – which I always knew existed, but I wasn’t sure as to the scope of what it does, is absolutely amazing...

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Did I tell you about that time I spent an entire weekend sweating in Atlantic City?

Did I tell you about that time I spent an entire weekend sweating in Atlantic City?

Well, sorta. Update on my healthy living journey: A month into cutting out refined sugars and working out 3-4 times a week, I’m down 12 pounds (about 1/3 of the way to my goal), and feeling better than I have in ages. It seemed appropriate to celebrate by going to (God, you guys won’t even believe this), a fitness festival in Atlantic City for the weekend. Headlined by Jillian Michaels, Sweat AC was a 3-day health and wellness event held this past weekend in Atlantic City, featuring workshops, lectures, an expo center, and a full roster of classes taught by some of the biggest celebrity fitness instructors in the country. My friend Kristin and I had taken Jillian’s bodyshred class at CRUNCH Gym last month, so I had a vague idea of what to expect...

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