Burn Baby Burn (Off the Fat)! – A Review of The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide

When Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential came out with her Bombshell Body Guide, I was intrigued and excited to learn how my fave blogger ever stays in shape. I’ve been following Lauryn’s blog for years now, and was always interested to know how she eats flamin’ hot cheetos while maintaining a fit and toned figure, and now I get it. These past few months I’ve been incorporating her workouts into my weekly routine and have been loving them.

[A little sneak peek. Photo cred: TSC Bombshell Body Guide]

Here’s the lowdown on TSC BBG:

  • A 28-week plan filled with fat-burning, muscle-toning workouts for the girl who likes a plan (hi!) – all which can be done in 27 minutes
  • Effective, targeted workouts like “Muffin Top Blaster” & “Team Tight Ass” – Yaaaaas
  • Exclusive online membership so that you can interact with other like-minded users, and even Lauryn herself
  • Healthy meal plans and recipes that fuel your body & taste amazing

Watch her vid for more info: 

What I love about it:

  • 27. minute. workouts. It’s perfect for the busy woman who’s always on the go because, let’s be real, that’s every single one of us.
  • Her recipes are honestly so good – The TSC Hotcakes are a weekly staple (and boyfriend-approved!) He always requests them.
  • With the 28-week guide, it gives you 3 workouts a week, so that leaves room to incorporate all of the other workouts you love. For me, I like to add in cardio and barre classes.
  • It’s a great at-home workout. All you need is a mat and a set of dumbbells.
  • It’s just the right amount of challenging. The workouts don’t feel so unattainable to where you get fed up and quit, but they kick your ass in all the right ways.

If you’re interested in learning more or signing up, just head here!

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Thank you to Lauryn & The Skinny Confidential team for the opportunity to try out this amazing workout guide. While my one-month membership was comped, all opinions are my own. 

Girl Boss Guide ft. Kelly Boring of Kale Me Kelly

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Full bellies of kale & salmon and a half a bottle of rose’ later (#BALANCE), it was pretty apparent that Kelly (the beauty & brains behind Kale Me Kelly) and I are pretty much the same person. From hearing her perspective on maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle to how to combat insecurities, Kelly is like a big sister you’ve never had – she’s relatable, compassionate and REAL. I’m so excited to bring you this interview with who I consider to be a great blogging mentor and friend (We first met up over a rooftop spin class and some insane BBQ if you were wondering…)

Yes Girl: Tell me about your blog and the inspiration behind it. 

Kelly Boring: Kale me Kelly came about because of my love and passion for food. I originally thought it would just be a food blog, but I realized how much I loved working out and going to different classes and since I’m such a foodie, that has really helped me keep a healthy balance in my life. Now, I’ve transitioned into more of a lifestyle blog and I’m really happy with it – I think your blog should be a representation of who you are.

YG: What does a day in the life of a blogger look like?

KB: I try to plan and curate blog posts whenever I have the time or the inspiration. In the evenings, sometimes I’m going to an event, working on planning an event of my own or getting together with other bloggers.

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YG: You always seem to eat super healthy meals. What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

KB: I try to stick to a “normal” eating plan Monday – Friday. Usually if I’ve done an intense workout in the morning, I’ll have two pieces of Ezekiel toast, a little avocado and an egg or Greek yogurt, fruit & Purely Elizabeth granola – I’m addicted. Then I’ll have an apple with peanut butter, hummus and veggies, nuts or half of a protein bar for a snack and try to get a lunch workout in. I love my Buddha Bowls for lunch! I’m experimenting with more vegetarian meals. Dinner is usually some sort of protein paired with a veggie.

YG: What does your workout routine look like?

KB: Right now, I love going to Pink Barre classes in the morning – the lower weights and high-reps are doing wonders for me! It totally lengthens you out. If I can, I’ll try to fit in another type of workout during the middle of the day to give myself a mental break.  I also like to incorporate spin or some other sort of cardio class. I like to mix it up and do what I’m in the mood for.

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YG: Let’s talk about balance. How do you manage a healthy lifestyle while still giving in to your cravings?

KB: Well, we’re conducting this interview over a bottle of rose’ sooo… obviously I appreciate balance! I used to be really hardcore with my eating, and I realized that just wasn’t the way to live. For me, it’s all about balancing out healthier meals with my indulgences. If you know you’re going to Happy Hour later that night, eat healthier during the day to balance it out. If you want a glass of wine on a Tuesday, go for it. If you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating right & working out, one day or one meal is not going to make or break you.

YG: What advice do you have for people trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle?

KB: I’m learning that when you eat is very important. I also think it’s crucial to mix up your workouts – your body needs confusion.

YG: When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite healthy spots in ATL?

KB: I love True Food’s Quinoa Burger, or any of their fish or bowls. Juicy Jenny is my jam, too. It’s all healthy, vegan and you really get your bang for your buck. I also love getting a bunless burger at Zinburger with zucchini or sweet potato fries!

YG: Favorite indulgence?

KB: Mexican – hands down!

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YG: How do you deal with any insecurities and keep a positive body image?

KB: Anyone that says they don’t have body image concerns – I think that they’re lying. There is a lot of pressure to have the perfect body and there’s not a single girl who doesn’t feel that pressure at times. Ultimately, we’re all just normal girls trying to have careers and work out and maintain a social life – the last thing we need is this pressure to be perfect! For years, I was totally consumed with the idea of perfection and it’s something I continue to struggle with today. A lot of us are constantly thinking about attaining something else… we want this car, we want that handbag, we want to get down to this weight. There’s always something else we want to attain, and we can’t keep that up – it’s important to just try to be content with where you are in your journey.

YG: You’ve recently launched Girl Talk Series which is super exciting! What’s the story behind GTS? 

KB: Girl Talk Series actually started on my living room floor with two other bloggers who, at that point, we had maybe known each other a couple of months – but I knew we were like-minded women with similar interests who wanted to do something to benefit similar women in the community. The idea behind it was getting women together to network and build authentic friendships with one another. It’s really difficult to make girlfriends when you become an adult and maybe move to a new city, so we want to help women do that with these events. This year, we’re hosting mixers, brunches and other events that incorporate guest speakers who are all different in their experience levels and backgrounds. Toward the end of the year, we’re hosting our first retreat which I am so excited about! Our goal is to create a community of like-minded women that like to do things together.

YG: What advice do you have for other female entrepreneurs? 

KB: The three tips I would give someone who wants to get out there and be a #GirlBoss are to keep every door open – you never know who you’re going to meet. Going to networking/young professional events is also great – it helps you cast a larger net and again, you never know who you might meet. Last, use every opportunity to discover or pursue your passion.

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Thanks to Kelly for being an awesome interviewee & for her friendship and mentorship – check her out at http://www.kalemekelly.com. 

 

4 Things Guys Just Don’t Get About Working Out

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Summer time brings about new goals of getting in shape, staying in shape or just accepting the motto of “If you can’t tone it, tan it” and lathering up with self-tanner for that *natural* glow. Physical aspect aside, a healthy workout routine is really a must-have, especially as we get further into our 20s or 30s. Whether you’re power walking three times a week or double-teaming Kayla Itsines with hour-long SoulCycle classes every day, I’ve always been a proponent of the “something is better than nothing” mentality, but I still think it’s important to maintain an active lifestyle.

That being said, I feel like there’s a lot of guys (not all of them, but a lot) that think working out should be one way, and one way only. Here’s a few things I think we could teach the boys:

1 | It’s about quality, not quantity. Just because a guy spends an hour and a half lifting doesn’t mean that our 20-minute HIIT routine doesn’t torch just as many, if not more, calories. Sure, some workouts should be longer than others, but at the end of the day it really is not about how long you’re spending in the gym any more. With our excessively busy lives, there’s just not time to sit in there all day doing bicep curls and wogging (walk + jog, obv) on the treadmill. Studies are now showing that HIIT is an amazing workout for men & women alike.

2 | Little weights go a LONG way. One of my life goals is to get Danny to join me for a barre class – 2-pound weights and all. Those suckers burn so good. I don’t think men understand the impact of what small, consistent movements with light weights can do for those long, lean muscles. Sure, I think it’s great to alternate some heavier lifting sessions in throughout your week, but barre or other classes with a similar layout are no joke.

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3 | Home gym > LA Fitness. Hear me out here – I just literally can’t with all of the grunting men and annoying ass people buzzing around the big gyms. (ClassPass ruined me and now I’m spoiled) So there’s something I want to get straight – while it is not ideal for every workout, working out in your home or apartment does not mean you’re not getting a solid sweat going. Think of the amazing workout guides – Kayla Itsines, The Skinny Confidential, Way of Gray – that require little to no equipment, yet make you want to cry. You can move your coffee table out of the way & get in a great workout, all without having to make eye contact with anyone at all – yay!

4 | If we’re planning on working out, it’s not just blocking out 30 minutes to one hour of our day. It’s more like three hours of our day. …Even if we use dry shampoo. Sure, you can throw on some makeup and a flowy dress and be out the door but, like, not nearly as fast as men can. We literally have to plan our schedules around making sure there’s time to get our shit together afterwards and get ready for the day or night. Making ourselves pretty takes time, okay?

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So, here’s your homework: take your BF to a barre class and watch him sweat ;) – or wait, are those tears…?

Happy Saturday! xx