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This never gets old. And needs to be re-played over and over.

Love her or hate her, this was a WIN of a moment from a few years back and I thought it beared repeating now, in the height of pre-bikini season.

Love yourself, realize the images you see in magazines & on television are often altered and unrealistic. Stop putting pressure on yourself and others to look a certain way, because that certain way is manufactured. Work hard, make healthy choices, have fun and love yourself as you are.

It’s normal for our progress to have occasional dips and valleys for various reasons, so don’t let it discourage you. Three steps forward, one step back; four steps forward, two steps back… That’s just how it goes, as it does with most things in life. Our bodies cannot simply progress in a linear manner indefinitely.
Mark Lauren in his book “You are your own gym” (via fitnesstreats)

Geez, even blow drying isn’t safe anymore?

Following complaints from stylists, owners & clients, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Hazard Alert for anyone working with Brazilian Blowout hair straightening products. Apparently, they contain formaldehyde and have caused several stylists & clients to get sick over the last few months.

The Brazilian blow dry has been a favorite of celebs like Nicole Ritchie, Ashley Tisdale & Lindsay Lohan and has been featured in Glamour and other fashion mags.

Despite “formaldehyde-free” labels and the lack of formaldehyde on the ingredient list, OSHA has found formaldehyde in the air when stylists are using the products. In fact, they found upwards of 8 times the allowable amount for formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout’s Smoothing Solution (psst: that’s what’s allowed when the product is listed on the label).

Things you should know…

  • Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that presents a health hazard if workers are exposed.
  • You can be exposed to formaldehyde if you breathe it into your lungs, if it gets into your eyes, or if it is contained in a product that gets onto your skin.
  • You can also be exposed accidentally if you touch your face, eat food, or drink after using a product containing formaldehyde without first washing your hands.


  • Can irritate the eyes and nose, and cause coughing and wheezing.
  • Formaldehyde is a “sensitizer,” which means that it can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs such as asthma-like breathing problems and skin rashes and itching.
  • When formaldehyde is in a product that gets sprayed into the eyes, it can damage the eyes and cause blindness.
  • It is also a cancer hazard that is linked to nose and lung cancer.

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Never get sick of this video.

If you’ve been feeling down lately, or like you need a boost, you might want to take a page of Jessica’s book. :)

Love it!

I’m pretty sure that most of you are aware of how much photo-shopping goes into these covers (yes, especially fitness magazine covers). However, it’s rare that the models behind these super-fit shots come right out and let you know that they DON’T look that way in real life, or that their flaws were hidden through creative angles, cropping, airbrushing and lighting.

Kudos to Jillian! Here’s her quote from her facebook page (although I think it’s the Shape photo team who should take credit for the creative concealing).

Ok my May Shape cover is out! I have to tell you this cover shoot was utterly mortifying. I have NEVER shot in a bikini and hated every second of it. Fortunately due to angling I have still managed to conceal the cellulite on the back of my ass.

- Jillian Michaels on her Shape Magazine Cover

Some other tidbits? She eats about 2000 calories a day, gives herself treats once in awhile & hates (yes HATES) working out!

See behind the scene footage of her shoot (and some great details about how she got into shape & learned to love her bod) after the jump!

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A lot of people underestimate how workout clothes can affect their mood, their workouts & their body image. It’s true, you don’t need expensive clothes or the latest technology to get a good workout in. But there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck and a more bangin’ body image.

Great tips from Shape Magazine! See the slideshow here.

1. Shop for Your Body Type. Find what works for you and shows off the assets you love. Are you short? Tall? Broad shoulders? Killer legs? Don’t pine for clothes that fit HER body type. Find clothes that make YOU look fab.

2. Buy Clothing Designed for Your Activity. Yoga? Running? No need to drown yourself in baggy clothes (actually works against you). Find clothes that fit, breathe and move with you.

3. Do a Few Jumping Jacks in the Dressing Room. This is especially important for sports bras. Make sure your clothes move properly before investing.

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Is it possible to be in love with a website?

I wanted to share this deal, in case you still need to stock up on a few things (or want some new equipment to get in shape for bikini season). I’m psyched that I found this website a few years back. It’s saved me a ton of money PLUS I really like their stuff. I’m not a yogi, but I do find use for almost everything on their site (mats, bands, stability balls, DVD’s, gifts, jewelry…). I bought my two favorite mats there, a round yoga mat & a custom mat (you can custom print anything on it).

Needless to say, the site has eaten up many a paycheck. If you’re looking for new things and like online shopping, be sure to stop by. I friggin love it.

TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS: You can save by buying in bulk. I got a 150ft roll of Thera-Bands® (resistance bands) for less than $40 and you can buy yoga mat rolls for cheap too.

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Yup. I said foreskin restoration.

Foreskin restoration is for men who have been circumcised and they wish re-grow the foreskin that was lost in the cutting process. The practice involves stretching the skin on the shaft of the penis so that it once again covers the head or glans.

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Deeply disturbing women and body image facts

  • The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 164 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds.
  • The average size of the “ideal” woman, as portrayed by models, has become progressively thinner over the years and has stabilized at around 20% below the average weight. This thin ideal is unachievable for most women.
  • A 1995 study found that three minutes spent looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and ashamed.

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I don’t know where she’s been for a few years, but Neve Campbell looks GOOD.

She sat down with to discuss her fitness, how she handled being called fat in bikini photos and how she loves herself healthy.

Full Article Via CNN &


Q: You used to be a ballet dancer. Do you still dance?

I don’t really. With ballet, unless you’re doing it all the time, it’s too challenging on your body. I do Cardio Barre, which uses some dance techniques.

Q: What else do you do to stay in such great shape?

Yoga, Pilates, and running. I mix it up so I don’t get bored. I exercise at least five days a week. I love exercising. It’s what my body and mind are used to.

Q: Why do you think people are so obsessed with celebs’ weights?

Unfortunately, we women put the pressure on ourselves. Let’s look toward the environment and charity, [and] have less of a focus on our appearance.

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Congrats to Dominique!

The former beauty queen who was told to ‘lay off the tacos’ was dismissed from the organization a few months back. A court overturned that decision after Dominique sued the organization.

Sends a good message, don’t you think?

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If you’re on your feet a lot (or using them for your grueling workouts) then they might appreciate a little foot TLC. After a long day, unwind while reading a book, watching TV or enjoying a facial with this amazing smelling soak. Breathe it in, the mint has relaxing properties.

Mint Treatment

  • 2 tablespoons crushed fresh mint (or 5 to 6 drops of essential oil of mint)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Espom salts
  • Bowl or basin for your feet.


Add ingredients to a small tub of warm water. Soak your feet 15-25 minutes. Continue with normal pretty feet routine (pumice, scrub etc). Moisturize and feel amazing. :)

Dry, frizzy or fly-away hair? Leave in conditioners are your best friends. But they can be expensive, full of chemicals & hard to know what works & what doesn’t.

Jojoba oil is relatively easy to find in natural health stores or online and is similar to the oil our own bodies produce (makes it a very effective hair oil)/. You’ve seen it on labels & in commercials for some of the biggest hair companies, but now you can make your own jojoba oil conditioner at home. 

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Hair Therapy

Workouts can be tough on your hair, between the shampooing & products we use to style & re-style. For extra damage control, try this hair treatment once a week.

Rosemary is great for putting a little shine & life back into your hair. This recipe works just as well as other expensive formulas on the market PLUS you’ll get the added benefit of going chemical free & reducing your carbon footprint by not buying packaged products.

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