The 30 Day Fit Model Challenge

In 31 days we are leaving for a vacation at Club Med in Turks & Caicos. While we’re there ,the resort will be setting up for a semi-pro volleyball tournament, and we are welcome to play with the players who are practicing beforehand. This means I have 31 days to try and get in a little better shape. Enter the 20 Day Fit Model Challenge.

The Challenge consists of three parts:

  1. The 300/30 Day Ab Challenge
  2. 30 minutes of running/jogging/intervals a day
  3. 3 things I/you want to improve about my/your health regimen

The 300/30 Day Ab Challenge has been making the rounds on Pinterest, and I’ve finally tracked down the orignal blogger who created it. After trying the exercises once, I never seemed to get into a committed routine. This way I have some accountability.

Fair warning, the exercises are not all easy and several bloggers have said that it took 3-4 days before they were able to complete the whole set without wanting to die. That’s why I’m starting on a Friday.

Part two is getting in a little bit of cardio every day. My mother gets up at 6 am for a 3 mile walk with her girlfriends every morning. Not only does she get in great gab time, but that brisk hour is keeping her fit, trim, and active. My ultimate goal is to go for a 30 minute walk with Daphne every morning then do 30 minutes of hard cardio at the gym in the evening, mixing in yoga classes etc when I can.

Part three is not about physical fitness, it’s about creating your model life. A couple years ago I made flossing daily my New Year’s resolution, and I’ve been a floss machine ever since. This part of the challenge is to do something that will better your overall health and wellness.

Mine will be drinking 100 oz of water every day, spending an extra 3 minutes on my beauty routine in the morning and the evening, and not eating sugar/candy/baked goods. Maybe I’ll have a bite of cake on Adam’s birthday, but otherwise I’m cutting off the sugar.

So keep your eyes open for updates, hopefully I can really dedicate to this plan, and it will give me more energy, more strength, and clearer skin.

If you’d like to join the challenge, leave comments below!

Model Fit: Sugar Free

As I mentioned yesterday, sugar and I have a complicated relationship. Sugar gives me energy spikes to get through some of the more tedious tasks of my day. Sugar lifts my spirit with a jolt of endorphins when I’m feeling a bit down-and-out. Sugar doesn’t judge me, and sugar can appreciate what I’m going through, especially if it’s something I can’t share with those around me.

But sugar isn’t really my friend. Which is why my goal for this week is to go sugar free. And by sugar free I mean not eating candy at work or making a batch of cookies every night when I get home. Strawberries never did me any harm, and who can live without ketchup!

(Who knew there was a thing like strawberry ketchup. Must try!)

So far, I’ve got Day One down. Day Two was a bit rougher. Partially because we had a BBQ at work today, and the plate of brownies, lemon tarts, and coconut and chocolate square was just too tempting. Then at 4:30 just as I was about to cave and trudge to the Mike n’ Ike’s, I remembered the plum in my bag.

Fruit: 1. Candy: 0.

It’s all about baby steps. Taking one small goal then increasing that goal slowly over time. I have eight weeks until our vacation in Turks and Caicos. We’ll have five days to lounge on the beach, go sailing every day, and play volleyball against some pros warming up for a tournament the week after we’re staying at Club Med. While I’d love to say I’ll be feeling svelte and healthy by homecoming in 4 weeks, I have to have a more realistic goal. Besides, MyFitnessPal says I’ll be down to 140 lbs in 5 weeks. That includes a burger for lunch and a massive sweet potato for dinner. Not too shabby.

Now back to my glass of Pinot Noir, my treat for avoiding the sweets in the office today and gearing up for Day Three. Cheers!

Model Fit

I’ve had a few fitness goals over the past few months that have been quite difficult to achieve. Not because they’re hard or unattainable, but because I have no self control thanks to this:

Yes, chocolate and I have had a long and complicated relationship. In New Zealand, Cadbury’s Caramello bars gave me a level of sanity 5,000 miles away from home. After a long day at work (or even during a long day at work) there is nothing better than a few chocolate cookies, some M&Ms, or a handfull of Rolos.

Well chocolate, it’s time we took a break.

I’ve never been one to complain about my body. Aside from being freakishly tall, I was always pretty comfortable in my own skin. Then last year I had the pleasure of living in China and being unable to stomach the food for two months. I lost 10 lbs. The stress of wedding planning kept most of that off, so I had a blissful year where I felt good, I looked really good, and I didn’t have to worry about what I ate. Now that we’re back into the daily grind and there’s nothing of epic proportions to keep my body in check, I have to be a bit more of a stickler about what goes into my body.

Ultimately I’d like to get to the point where I’m not even craving chocolate, but let’s be realistic. Chocolate is a food group in my family. That craving will never go away.

So watch for my upcoming Model Fit posts about clean eating, curbing my chocolate binges, and working out. All those Pins have to get put to use sometime, I might as well start now!

Travel Thursday: How to Make Your Vacation Work-Out

I’ll admit, I’ve never been very athletic. I love participating in heart-healthy activities, but I hate going alone, and forget about working out while I’m on vacation (thank you 5 months in New Zealand, I think I went running 4 times??).  Glamour’s Vitamin G blog has lots of health and fitness tips, and I searched for the easy ones to pack along on vacation with you.

This easy ab workout can be done in your hotel room in front of the tv or out on the porch watching the sun rise or set. . This move targets your abs, but also–bonus–your shoulders and obliques. All you need to pack is a pair of shoes (check!) and a long, rubber exercise band. There are also three good exercises to keep your behind toned up for all those LBD’s you’ll be wearing out and around your exotic location. It might be hard to take along an exercise ball, I like leaving extra room in my suitcase, but squats and lunges can be done anywhere! Other good options: the never-fail run (if you’re ambitious), or a long walk on the beach. Just don’t go too slowly.

Glamour plus some healthy snacking tips. Let’s be honest, eating healthy foods on vacation rarely happens. This list makes it easy, like putting healthy foods within eyesight so you are more likely to choose them, and eating more frequently throughout the day. I am always a fan of the afternoon energy snack and love anything that can be thrown into a Zip-Lock baggie and brought along in my bag.

What are your healthy vacation tips? Any snacks that have to come along or any exercises that you do no matter where you are? Here’s to a happy, healthy vacation!

Cheers,

Jenna Kate

DIY At Home Spa Day

I thought it would be a nice, mid-week break to put together some easy DIY spa treatments. Pull out your kitchen cabinet, a DVD of Pride and Prejudice (I just got the Kiera Knightly version in the mail!) and relax. Maybe you can even get your guy to join in! Here are my top 5 at-home spa treatments.

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1. Soft Hands: TV-Friendly Hand Salve : Combine a few spoonfuls of cold cream, 2 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, a spoonful of olive oil and a banana (for a fruity smell) in a blender. When the consistency is smooth, slather liberally all over hands and cuticles. Then slip hands into a pair of yellow rubber gloves—yes, the kind you use to scrub the tub with. For the softest hands ever, I like to sit down and watch TV with my lotioned and gloved hands underneath a heating pad so that the heat will help my homemade salve penetrate my skin that much more. India-Jewel Jackson, GlamBlush, Posted on Glamour.com

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2. Silky Hair: Olive Oil Mask: Summer time means salt water and sun combine to make frizzy, unmanageable hair. To combat this, comb through your hair a couple of tablespoons of good olive oil and then cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Leave for fifteen minutes then wash clean.  Anya Merryfield, NZ Girl


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3. Tight Pores: Indian Tomato Tightener: This simple recipe only has 2 ingredients: 1 small or medium unripe tomato (the greener, the better) and 1 tsp. honey.  In a blender, puree tomato and honey to a thick pulp. Cleanse your face well and exfoliate with your favorite product or washcloth to ensure pores are open. Using two fingers, gently massage the pulp into your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Put leftovers in Tupperware and place in the fridge; they’ll last for up to a month. This mask benefits skin by tightening pores and removing excess oil (tomato) and naturally moisturizing (honey).  Shobha SoHo in New York City, Posted on TheNest.com

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4. Smooth Feet: Bedtime Piña Colada Callous Treatment: Even if rough feet aren’t a big problem for you, this foot soak sure sounds yummy. In a foot bath or large, clean bucket, pour in 2-3 cups pineapple juice. Add in ½ cup coconut milk and stir well. Soak for feet for 8-10 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Gently rub a natural pumice stone across any rough areas. Towel dry and apply your favorite moisturizer while feet are still damp. For extra softness, pull on a pair of cotton socks to wake up in the morning  Barbara Feiner, Organic Authority


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5. Touchable Skin: Sweetheart’s Chocolate-Honey Scrub: In a rubber mixing bowl, combine 2 cups honey (100% pure is best) and ½ cup grape seed oil. Stir in 6 Tbl. grated unsweetened chocolate (or dry cocoa powder) and 2 cups kosher salt, mixing completely. Consistency should be grainy and thick. Apply scrub to your skin and gently massage all over your body. Remove with warm, damp towels or rinse off in shower. Makes two treatments. The National Honey Board and Christopher Watt Esthetics in West Hollywood, California, Posted on TheNest.com

Have any other DIY at home spa recipes to share? Post them in the comments! Happy DIY spa day, and have a happy Hump Day!

Cheers,

Jenna Kate

5 Healthy Reasons to Pop a Cold One

I’m a good Southern girl and I drink beer. Today, MSN posted up a list of five reasons why it’s healthy to pop a nice cold beer. And I fully support this list.
Not only is this reason number one, but this is also a really good fact to know: beer helps prevent osteoporosis. I’m lactose intolerant, and have never had a drop of milk in my life. Maintaining a healthy level of calcium to prevent osteoporosis is hard. At least I know that drinking beer may be helping if only a little. The article recommends an ale or pale ale, but didn’t comment on if ‘light’ beers make a difference in their healthiness. Granted the experts recommend no more than two beers in a sitting, but I’ll still be sure to add a seasonal summer ale to my next grocery list.

What’s your favorite seasonal beer? Do you agree with any of beer’s healthy traits?

A Toast to your Health

After 5 months of Cadbury’s Caramello bars, returning to a healthy body has become really important to me. Self recently put out a list of ‘12 Cheap and Healthy Foods:’

– Brown rice
– Raisins
– Snap peas
– Green tea
– Broccoli
– Plain yogurt
– Bananas
– Black beans
– Whole-wheat penne
– Apples
– Lentils
– Sweet potatoes

The only problem for me is my allergy to yogurt, but otherwise not eating these foods would be a matter of personal preference. I love this list for lots of reasons. Sweet potatoes are my ultimate comfort food. From now on I’ll just have to watch the butter and cinnamon sugar I normally pile on top. I’m a fan of apples and bananas as well, and I think fresh fruit is really important. The thing is, I’m really not sure what the heck a lentil is. I’ve tried to look it up online, and from pictures it looks like a weird bean, but I still have no idea (pictured right). I did find interesting ideas for lentil soup, lentil salad, and lentil cookies (which look really healthy) on The Food Network. So between your yogurt snack pack and broccoli alfredo, you can have an afternoon treat that’s healthy for you. I also found a really yummy recipe for lamb kabob with broccoli lime rice. Something to try!