5 Mar

Working nights, you get acquainted with some pretty wierd late-night TV. Including, but limited to: Toddlers and Tiaras, countless infomercials, and some reality cop show starring Steven Segal (I know, right??)

Every once in a while, you hit the late-night jackpot. I am so addicted to Bravo’s television show, Workout. Or should I say that I am addicted to it’s star – Jackie Warner.

With night shift over, I now get my Jackie fix for free at

For those of you who have been living under a rock sleeping during the wee hours of the morning, Jackie Warner is HOT HOT HOT. I have a total straight-girl crush on her. Lucky for me, she’s a lesbian.

When I’m not thinking to myself how gorgeous Jackie is, I’m feeling so motivated to workout. Seriously – if I were rich, Jackie would be my lesbian lover trainer. This girl is intense.

I have been stalking her personal site, ad came across some of her own personal diet and fitness tips. Here they are.

  1. Be a smart consumer and read labels carefully
    Fat free products are loaded with sugar. Fat does not make you fat – SUGAR DOES! When grocery shopping, meals should have no more than 400 calories and snacks 150 calories – buy nothing with over 9 grams of sugar.

    Steph: As a vegan, I am for sure a huge advocate of reading food lables. Being aware of exactly what you are using to fuel your body. It’s all about being a conscious eater.

  2. No overcomplicated routines/no overcomplicated diets
    They have the highest failure rate because they don’t teach you how to live in the real world. Get back to the basic, common sense principles.
  3. Never skip meals
    All of my morbidly obese clients have one thing in common – skipping meals. The moment you allow your blood sugar to drop (when you feel hunger pangs) you become a fat storing machine. You must eat small meals or snacks every few hours.

    Steph: This is so true. I am the same weight as I was at my thinnest in high school, and I eat twice as much. I am so much happier and healthier eating when I am hungry!!!

  4. Don’t ever juice-blend
    Always eat the whole fruit, not just its sugary juices. Juicing takes out the fiber but leaves you with the sugars. However, blending fills you with the whole fruit (fiber) and a lot more nutrients.
  5. Steph: I love this. such great advice!!

  6. Sugar is the devil
    Sugar throws our body into an immune suppressed, non-working state of chronic fatigue, depression, and hormonal imbalance. It is the leading cause of disease and depression in this country. To break the sugar addiction, get rid of refined sugar (anything that isn’t fruit or veggies) for 5 days in a row, then allow yourself to have one cheat meal on Saturday and one on Sunday. You will have curbed the chemical addiction for sugar and your brain will desire less.
  7. Clean House – Remove ALL junk from your kitchen
    Stop buying addictive junk foods, then hating yourself for not being able to resist.
  8. Deprivation does not work
    When starting a diet, for the first two weeks add healthy, nutrient filled foods (low sugar fruit/veggies/lean protein and a multivitamin). Your body will begin to naturally reject sugars and processed foods.
  9. Crunches are a waste of time
    If you carry weight in your midsection, you will just build muscle under fat – thus making you appear bigger! The only way to get a true 6-pack is to combine a healthy diet with resistance training.
  10. Eat the Good, the Bad, then the Ugly
    Classify the food on your plate in the following: Good = veggies/fruit/lean meats, Bad = starches/bread, Ugly = dessert/alcohol. Be sure to fill up on the good first.
  11. Satisfy oral fixation with herbal teas
    Curb late night cravings with your favorite flavored herbal teas. They have anti-oxidants and will satisfy oral fixations.
  12. Water helps you lose weight
    Three liters per day can burn 50-75 calories and double your energy, as well as clear your skin.
  13. Steph: I’m so glad I’m a huge water drinker!!

  14. Eat natural foods
    Research connects food additives that are present in many diet products with increased sugar and carb cravings.
  15. Don’t be afraid to lift weights
    Cardio is the slowest way to lose weight. It’s all about resistance training. This will burn more calories faster, and also add much needed muscle to speed up metabolism. Concentrate working out on the bigger muscle groups like the chest, back, gluteus, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
  16. Steph: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tottally afraid of lifting weights. I need to get over it!!!

  17. ONLY do intensity cardio
    Forget about the heart rate monitor. Unless you have a heart condition, your cardio should be intense enough to feel your muscles burning. Raise ramp to maximum uphill and slow walk (almost a lunge) for 2 minutes. Then lower the ramp and run for 2 minutes. Take 1 minute to bring your heart rate down and then start over. Repeat 4 more times (equals a 20 minute session). It’s less boring too!

    Steph: I am pretty excited to try this, actually!! I will keep you posted on how it goes.

    well, I’m off to watch more Workout, put in some laundry, and get a tan!



2 Responses to “Workout”

  1. rovisi March 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Why are you afraid of lifting weights?

    It won’t turn you into a shemale – you’d have to use steroids to get that look. You hold onto muscle well, so you may put on more than I would, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Think about it: I’ve been lifting weights for 3 months…do I look like Hulk Hogan? So more muscle than I would put on isn’t even a scary prospect.

    Plus muscle is more metabolically active than fat. So more muscle = faster metabolism. Can you really argue with that?

    Also, lifting weights is kind of fun. You heard it here first.

  2. rovisi March 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    I mean 8 months…I’ve been lifting for 8.

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