A Better You: Win a Crunch Gym Membership

Crunch is known as the gym without judgments. And when it comes to working off a little extra weight, that’s just the way we like it. No dirty looks. No competition. No intimidation. So we chose a year membership at Crunch as one of the prizes in our A Better You Giveaway. Read all about it below…

You may think of the crazy classes, like Cardio Striptease. You may think of the funny commercials. Or, you may just think of that strange bunny rabbit mascot. But whatever you think about Crunch, it’s a seriously fun place to workout.

With Bliss Spa products in the locker rooms, a full range of top-notch equipment in the weight rooms, and countless options in the classrooms, you’ll never get bored. In fact, you may even (dare we say it) enjoy going to the gym! Here’s a sampling of the classes you can partake in if you with this membership:

Antigravity® Yoga ‘Wings’: Stretch further and hold challenging postures longer using a flowing fabric hammock as your only prop. With the fabric as a soft trapeze, you’ll learn simple suspension techniques to move into seemingly impossible inverted poses to relieve compressed joints and align the body from head to toe.

Boing with Kangoo: Kangoo is the exercise boot with bounce. Strap on a pair of Kangoos, equipped with springs on the bottom and hop, jog, and jump your way through this low impact workout.

Enter here to win it. Good luck!

Lose Weight By Accident With Sarah Jenks: Change Your Underwear


By Sarah Jenks

Beauty comes from the inside.. but it doesn’t have to stay there. So many women are waiting to buy new clothes, dress up and wear sexy underwear until they’ve lost “the weight.” But did you know that avoiding the beauty basics is actually causing you to keep the weight on?

If you’re walking around in sweat pants, or your old “fat jeans,” you are going to treat your body like an old frumpy, lump.  And that usually entails over-eating, skipping workouts and not taking care of ourselves.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to invest in your beauty NOW.  Not 10 pounds from now.  Here’s exactly what you need to do this week to break out of your fat frustration:

1.  Buy some new clothes: 1 pair of amazing jeans (try Levis), 3 blouses, a hot dress, a conservative dress, and a skirt.  You can also go wild on accessories like jewelry and scarves.  If you’re worried about wasting money, you can always, take the clothes in, or sell them later.  It may feel scary to draw some attention to your body by dressing like a hottie, but trust me, your body will thank you for finally paying attention to her.

2. Get a haircut. Something different and fun.  You would look great in side swept bangs.

3. Get ALL NEW UNDERWEAR! Click here to view my favorite brand and how 3 women lost weight just by changing their underwear.

4. Get up 20 minutes early every morning and blow dry your hair and put on makeup.  It will make you feel more awake than the extra sleep or a cup of coffee.

5. Wear heels. Just do it.

Want some extra credit? Learn how you can put all these things together and do this sneaky strategy for getting a quick fix for a flat relationship. Click here.

Sarah Jenks, founder of theBreathtakingBride.com, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat. Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”

Lose Weight By Accident With Sarah Jenks: NO Email While You Eat

By Sarah Jenks

Would you ever read a book and dance at the same time? How about file your nails while you’re at a concert? Or talk to your mother while you’re getting a back massage? (Or drink while you’re peeing?)

Never. Right?

Then how come we read, text, email, drive, watch TV while we’re eating? Eating is just as enjoyable and important as doing one of our favorite activities. In fact, many of us who have weight problems claim it’s because food just tastes so good! If it tastes so good, shouldn’t we be paying attention to it?

When we eat with distractions, our brains aren’t registering that we’re eating and our physical signals that tell us we’ve had enough, just don’t function.  Plus, if our brains don’t know we’re eating because we’re engrossed in the latest episode of GLEE, our digestion won’t turn on and our food will just sit there decomposing in our bellies giving us gas, indigestion and chubby thighs.

Eating while checking our email prevents us from tasting our food, and then we’re never satisfied, always wanting to eat more, get a sugar fix, a snack from the vending machine or another serving of cereal.

So turn off the TV, put down your book, eat breakfast at home NOT when you get into the office  give your food the attention it deserves.  Really enjoy, savor and relish in every amazing bite you take, and I bet you will start eating half of what you usually do.

Sarah Jenks, founder of theBreathtakingBride.com, helps women fall in love with their bodies and lose weight through exploring the emotional reasons of why we eat.

Sarah believes that you can talk about the benefits of broccoli until you are blue in the face, but real change won’t happen until we pull back the veil of fad diets and calorie counting to reveal the true cause of our over eating. Feeling lost about weight loss? Visit her website to download her free guide: “What to do if you feel fat, hopeless and ready to give up.”

Shed Lbs in 24 Hours (No Starvation Necessary!)

Guest contributor: Healing Lifestyles & Spas

How is tomorrow already TOMORROW? We’ve all been there. You’ve got one day to get into tip-top shape before having to strut your stuff at shi shi must-look-good outings like high school reunions, weddings… and bloating is not an option.

Don’t stress or swear off food for 24 hours—make the most of your meals. We are going to teach you how to look your best and even drop a pound or two for the big day (whatever it may be) even when you procrastinate till the last minute.

Breakfast (Choose one)

  • Oatmeal and antioxidant-rich blueberries
  • Almond butter (an excellent healthy fat) slathered on a banana or apple
  • Ginger-Apple smoothie with greens

Lunch/Dinner

  • Lots of veggies (as plain as possible; salt will bloat you)
  • Healthy proteins: Fish or lean, high-quality meat
  • Hemp seeds (also a great source of fiber)
  • Almonds

Dessert

  • Have a hankering for something sweet? Make dessert do double duty by having a small chunk of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate (at least 65% cocoa) or whip up some dark chocolate mousse.

And whatever you do, DRINK LOTS OF WATER! Like you’ve never heard that before. Also, try these 3 tips to get rid of morning bloat.

HERE IS A NIFTY GUIDE on WHAT TO EAT and WHAT NOT TO EAT to shed pounds almost instantly, check it out to look sexy and svelte for your next big hooplah! OMG it’s tomorrow!

Lose Weight By Accident: OMG, This Simple Tip Will Rock Your World!


Column by: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

This one is a fun one! I am so excited to tell you about this little way you can tweak the way you drink water so that it becomes a calorie burning potion.

Most of us know that drinking water is good for us, and that our bodies require it, but very few of us know how to drink water in a way that can help you lose weight by accident. I promise there are tricks of the trade that I am going to reveal below.  This method ALONE can be life-changing.

If you have been following my weekly blog posts you know water is the best drink in the world! Your body requires water to remove toxins, keep away the bloat, prevents headaches, and overall helps to heal anything and everything in your body.

The average adult human body is made up of 60 -75% water. The brain is made up of 85% water, and our blood, the most important vehicle in distributing oxygen, vitamins, and minerals throughout the body and it is made up of 90% water.

Hence, water is crucial, on several levels. The only ingredient that burns calories is oxygen, and the only way oxygen can be circulated throughout your body is by your blood. Water, being the main component of your blood, is essential in burning calories and keeping your body oxygenated.

Okay, now to the moment you have been waiting for. I had to build it up, because once you hear it you are going to be like… that is SO simple! The best way to drink water is to have it…. hot. Yes, hot. I am not talking about room temperature. I’m talking I-can-see-a-tiny-bit-of steam-coming-out hot.

By drinking hot water, especially starting your day with 2 hot glasses, you cleanse your digestive tract and your entire body. The hot water basically grabs every last impurity and blockage in your body and flushes it out, helping you reduce the bloat.

The other amazing part is, if you drink hot water throughout your day, it will improve your digestion and breakdown food faster so that it doesn’t become toxic, also reducing the bloat. And last but not least it CURBS your cravings for more food in between meals.

OMG, isn’t that amazing!

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.