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Fashion:

Rare interview with Kate The Great here, if you missed the pictures from her wedding, check them out here.

Check out a great modern hippie look perfect for all over at Mama’s a Rolling Stone.

Does your town celebrate Fashion’s Night Out September 8th? You can check here, or watch Glee’s tribute video here.

Want to see some Victoria’s Secret models stretch, pout and pose in pink sports bras? Wait, I meant, want to see the new Victoria’s Secret sportswear line? ūüôā People has the inside scoop.

Health & Fitness:

Looking to add some protein & fatty acids to your life? Rachel Wilkerson says pick up some eggs.

B-12 supplements,¬†plant-based diets & getting complete nutrition through a healthy diet –¬†Dr. Stuart Seale at Choosing¬†Raw.¬†

Bill Clinton discusses his new heart-healthy diet & his journey to better health with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN.

Is happiness just a habit? Something that can be taught or learned? Check out Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Making A Habit Through Mindfulness over at the Huffington Post.

Five healthy & quick snacks with FitSugar.

 

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Fashion:

Clash of the Titans! Retail giants Macy’s and Target will go head to head this fall/winter as they both unveil affordable collections by high-end designers. Missoni will launch a limited addition collection¬†for Target’s Go International¬†in mid September and¬†Giambattista Valli and Chanel will join Macy’s Impulse Only line beginning in September.

DSquared2¬†showed a bright, fun, sport 2012 Men’s Resort¬† collection, see TLo’s thoughts here.

Another Brazilian bombshell joins the ranks of¬†Victoria’s Secret, meet Lisalla Montenegro over at Modelinia.

Trying to hang onto that last little bit of summer? Head over to Fabsugar to check out this summer’s best worn white dresses for inspiration.

Still looking for a structured, ladylike handbag for fall? Take a look at what Milly has to offer. Reasonably priced? Check. Gorgeous, deep hued fabrics perfect for fall? Check.

Health & Fitness:

Using genetically engineered T-Cells to eradicate cancer @ I Heart Chaos

IBS sufferers, is the answer kiwi? Check out this article published by the Huffington Post, but keep in mind the inherent limits of this study.

Tumeric to manage osteoarthritis pain @ Health Central

New York skinny vs Paris Skinny РParisian Garance Dore moved to NYC & gets a wake-up call. Things to take to heart? Portion size, cooking at home & having realistic, healthy weight goals. Thing to forget? Cigarettes!

Want a good summer recipe with tons of veggie goodness? Try FitSugar’s Veggie Chard Wraps with Lime-Ginger dressing

Do you yoga? The Top 10 Poses to Stimulate your Metabolism from Shape.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Fitness Motivation

Personally I find an external motivator to be great incentive to keep up with an exercise¬†regime.¬†I wish I could say that I have all the internal motivation that I need¬†in order to¬†meet all of my goals, but unfortunately that’s not always the case.

On days when I’m tempted to skip my workout, knowing that I’ll have to admit my lapse out loud¬†to someone else¬†is usually enough incentive to push through. Usually.

So here’s some Fitness Motivation so we can all stay on track to meet our goals!

I’m registered to run the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 31st and haven’t run consistently for months so I need to begin training… Now!

It just so happens that one of my best friends¬†is¬†training for the Death Ride (which I lovingly call The Ride of Death)¬†a 129 mile bike race with 15,000 miles of climbing through the Sierra Nevada’s¬†near Tahoe. Her race is July¬†9 and although we’re training for different types of races in different cities (she’s in Sacramento), she has been acting as an unofficial sponsor and motivator for my last-ditch training efforts.

Monday mornings¬†I email her my proposed workouts for the week (subject to scheduling changes)¬†and each morning I send her a confirmation of what I accomplished the previous day. I’m going to include various¬†types of exercise in my training program in addition to running, specifically circuit training and Pilates.

Below is a draft of a proposed schedule for one of the weeks of training:

Monday:

  • Run to work (1.3 miles)
  • Mini cardio session (2 miles stationary bike & 1 mile elliptical trainer)
  • Pilates Mat class (5pm – 6pm)

Tuesday:

  • Jog to work
  • 15 minute circuit training workout
  • Run (pm)

Wednesday:

  • Walk to work
  • High intensity interval training on the elliptical
  • Pilates Mat class (5pm – 6pm)
  • Yoga Flow (6pm – 7:15pm)
  • Walk home

Thursday:

  • Walk to work
  • 25¬†minute circuit training workout
  • Run (pm)

Friday:

  • Jog to work
  • 15 minute circuit training workout

Saturday & Sunday РRest & stretching (maybe a massage if I can be convincing enough) and long walks or a hike

Hooking up with a workout buddy who you can share your plans with or a like-minded friend who you may not workout with but who has similar goals, can be a great motivator.

If the idea of sharing your workout goals/plans with someone else isn’t appealing, or if you’re just getting started and want to hold off until you feel like you’ve made some progress, there are other external motivators that may help you when the odd lazy day rears its ugly head.

(1) A kick-ass play list can do wonders. Put a super charged playlist on your MP3 player or blare it over your computer/sound system. Everyone has their own style and different beats that get them pumped up, and I personally refresh my Nano weekly, but here are some artists/bands that never fail to get my heart rate going, regardless of my mood: Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Chemical Romance, Finger Eleven, Breaking Benjamin, My Darkest Days, Jason Derulo, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, K$sha, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Sean Kingston.

(2) Sign yourself up for a class on a day when you don’t think that you can make yourself do a work out. You’ll feel guilty not showing up after having reserved a spot in the class and even guiltier¬†when you see the charge on your credit card! The two days of the week that are the hardest for me to get off my booty are always Monday and Wednesday, so I’m getting into the habit of doing at least a Pilates class at Glow Yoga¬† each of those days. And now that I’m getting to know the other students and the instructor, there’s even more motivation not to play hooky!

(3) If you have a movie or a book that you find extremely motivational, that can be a great way to get yourself going. If hearing¬†Jillian’s commanding voice shoots you out of your seat, start your workouts with some Shred, even if you don’t plan to do the video it can give you¬†the push you need. Personally¬†I’ve found that popping in a dance¬†DVD¬†before my¬†5:30pm¬†after-work runs¬†or reading a few pages of Born To Run are a sure-fire way to get myself going.

(4) Finally, one of my favorite pieces to read when I need to stoke my motivational fires is The Better Man, about the (then) 75 year-old fitness guru & health nut Don Wildman (my friend Jim sent me this YEARS ago and I saved a PDF in case of emergencies). This always gives me the kick in the pants that I need to get off of the couch.

Good luck getting yourself onto the trail, treadmill or into the gym. Make me proud!

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