How To Socialize–Sans Beer Belly

August 13, 2008

I  got a couple tips from the “Skinny Chef” about how to avoid gaining weight when you drink up. I know, this information would have been helpful years ago (Hello, Freshman 15) but I say take what we can get. Summer is prime time for socializing, and if you’re in a job that requires networking, or if you just enjoy your after-work cocktail hour, here are a couple ways to stay healthy.

*Steer clear of high-calorie fruit drinks. The average candy bar has about 29 grams of sugar. The strawberry daiquiri alone has nearly 40 grams of sugar! Holy Moley. Add that to an ounce of rum, and you’re looking at a drink that has over 200 calories and 40 grams of sugar. 3 Words for you— Not Worth It!!! If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to the good stuff, try flavored vodka with diet soda instead.

*Opt for freshly made margaritas, instead of frozen premixed. If you must have a margarita, avoid the gigantic “I’m in Cancun on spring break” type. Ask the bartender to serve you up an original. It will save you not only sugar and calories, but that headache and the “what exactly did I say to my client last night” the next morning.

*Watch out for the free-floating bar snacks! Bars give you these salty concoctions to make you thirst for more of their non-healthy booze. I know we all are thinking, hey, it’s free-but they contain hundreds of unnecessary calories.

*Love beer? You’re in luck! Just stay on the light side. Many light beers are 110 calories or less, and contain less than 6 grams of carbs and sugar.

*When all else fails, and you are standing at the counter with a blank stare when the bartender asks what you’ll be having, try old faithful-wine. You can’t go wrong. Not only does both red and white wine contain healthy antioxidants, but at about 120 calories and less than 7 grams of sugar per glass, you’re keeping on the healthy side as well.

Now, do I always follow these tips? No, but I’m going to start. And treating yourself every now and then never hurt anyone. Remember, everything in moderation– including moderation.


A Sensitive Guide to Shaving

August 13, 2008

If you’re single or living in a place that requires long pants all year long, you can get away with some leg hair growth beyond the norm. However, if you’re like me, and you live in the land of the skin baring and your boyfriend is the Commissioner of the Stubble Police, shaving your legs is an every day occurence.

I happen to have very sensitive skin. It’s another thing I can blame on my parents, and my skin can react to any shave in a number of different ways at any time. I’ll either cut myself, itch, get a burn from the razor, or break out in hives due to some unknown reason. So this weekend I was fed up, and did a lot of researching and even spoke with a dermatologist. Always an eager beaver when it comes to sharing my knowledge with my fellow women, I give you– Little Gus’ Big Girl Shaving Guide.

If you do not have super sensitive skin but find youself experiencing shaving problems, I urge you to try the following:

Do everything else that you need to do in the shower before you shave. The longer your skin is exposed to the steam from the shower and the long your leg hair is penetrated by the water, the softer the hairs become, and therefore easier to shave.

Exfoliate first. Get off any dead skin cells that may be having a party on your stems–I recommend a Brown Sugar Body Scrub, these are great.

After you’ve steamed and exfoliated, use either a Hydrating Shave Cream or even the Conditioner you use on your hair, and try to shave in the direction of your hair growth.

If you have sensitive skin like I do, try the following:

DO NOT use an old blade that has any sort of rust. If you use disposables, just use one razor twice. It is worth the money to buy a good razor if it means less irritation. Use a shave gel or wash that is made for sensitive skin, meaning it does not have any irritating fragrances or harsh products.

Instead of putting on a moisturizer after the shower to stay soft (this often tends to give me a rash), use a baby oil in the shower. Spread a dime size amount on your legs while you’re still in the shower and your legs are still wet. Do not rinse off, and pat yourself dry when you get out. If you’re too greasy, you used too much. Your skin won’t get irritated because the oil is very sensitive, and you won’t need to apply any creams that may lead to further irritation or itching.

Once you’re finished, apply a self tanner or bronzing shimmer to your legs. It makes them look even sexier.

So shave away and go out there and show off your smooth, uncut and irritant free stems. Who you let touch them is completely up to you.

How to Burn Calories–Without Even Knowing It

August 13, 2008

Apparently, there are ways to burn a few extra calories against your very knowledge! (does this mean I can burn calories while I’m sitting on my couch?) YES!

1. When you hop on the escalator at the mall…Don’t just stand there, it’s not a ride at Disney. Climb the stairs too!

2. Instead of taking all your groceries up to your kitchen at once, take them one bag at a time. Or better yet, take one in each hand, and lift them up and down while you’re walking.

3. If you have the choice between sitting or standing-stand. Simply standing burns 36 more calories an hour than sitting.

4. Rake leaves instead of using a leaf blower.

5. Scrub your floors. Yes, like Cinderella-get down and dirty.

6. Chew sugar free gum. The action of your jaw muscles moving up and down burns 11 calories an hour.

7. Wash your car by hand.

8. Get out there and play with your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, dog, your grandkids dog, whatever.

9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

10. Go shopping-at the actual store. Save the online shopping for a rainy day, and use the mall trip as your cardio.

11. Hold your stomach in while you’re sitting at your desk.

12. Walk to lunch instead of drive.

13. Work on your garden yourself instead of hiring a gardener. Not only will it save you money, but you’ll get that super hot body in the process.

14. Take a five minute break from your work and take a stroll around the office.


16. Get a contraption that you can use while you’re sitting on the couch watching TV–Suzanne Summers “Thighmaster”, some free weights, etc.

17. Make out! Ok, maybe this is an inappropriate topic. BUT kissing burns calories in the same way that chewing gum does.

18. Laugh-hearty, side-splitting laughter can burn up to 30 calories in a half hour period.

19. Eat celery or apples. Doctors say it burns more calories eating them than they contain themselves.

20. Last but not least… SMILE! It takes more muscles to smile than it does to frown.