21 Questions for S&K (part 1)

14 Apr

Hi babes! We’ve gotten quite a few questions from our dearest readers and friends, so we decided to compile & answer in one post. We were going to do 21 questions because it’s cute & witty & you know we’re all about that…but the post got too long. Don’t fret, we’ll post another one of these soon! You can read a little more about us here or e-mail us at SkinnyLately@gmail.com if there’s anything else you’re curious about. BTW, S = Sabeena and K = Kari. In case that wasn’t clear… :)

1. Do you work out every day?

S: I try to work out 6 days a week. I’m currently gym-less so I plan for 3 cardio workouts and 3 Pilates/strength training workouts and some days combine the 2 if I’m feeling up for it! Once I’m a member of a gym again, I’ll likely combine the 2 more often and mix it up with classes, like kickboxing.

K: So, I always plan to work out every day, because inevitably something will come up at some point during the week to mess up your gym flow. I “schedule” an hour or so to work out every day, but typically only make it 5-6 days a week. I keep it fresh by rotating between spin classes, barre studios, yoga, and this kettlebell class I am newly obsessed with!

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Mix it up! Fun 5ks keep workouts feeling fresh.

2. How do you get back on track after eating like crap?

S: I’m a juice cleanse fan (read more here, here, & here). If it’s just a bad weekend or bad few days, I’ll try to minimize processed foods and step my cardio game up a ton. Sweat.Sweat.Sweat. You absolutely HAVE to remember not to get in that vicious cycle – you know that one where you just keep eating like crap and not working out because you already “ruined your week.” Women are notorious for this habit…

K: I wish I was cleanse crazy like Sabeena, but I struggle with them. After vacations/boozy parties/late-night pig outs, I follow the same formula. I eat a clean diet full of fruits and veggies, get my cardio on, and hit the sauna until I feel like a human again. Sweating is the ultimate way to rid your body of toxins (not to mention it will make your skin glow). Most importantly, I never beat myself up about a few bad choices. Your guilty conscience is a hot body’s worst enemy. Shut it up and sweat it out!

3. What other health/fitness blogs do you follow?

S: I’m a fan of Peanut Butter Fingers! She’s super cute & super real.

K: I love Fitsugar! I have also recently started following Pumps & Iron. Both of these blogs have so many great workouts and recipes when I am stuck in a rut.

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treats, not cheats!

4. What are your thoughts on a “cheat day” or “cheat meal?”

S: Since we’re about balance, we don’t really condone depriving yourself and then having 1 day where you binge eat. Rather, have a small amount of your treat when you’re craving it. For example, I’ve been super healthy today and there was some chocolate drizzled popcorn in the office so I had a handful (maybe 1.5 handfuls…). Salty-sweet is my weakness!

K: Yeah, I 100% agree with Sabeena. If you think of a certain day or meal as “cheating,” you will feel crappy about yourself. I prefer to think of special treats as a part of my balanced lifestyle. I work out regularly, I put good things into my body, and I love a bowl of ice cream before bed. Those are the pieces of my healthy puzzle – all equally important for my mind, body, and soul! :)

5. What do you usually drink when you go out?

S: Right now, I’m a sucker for not-so-healthy Moscow Mules. I’m also trying to become a wino since I moved like down the street from Napa (not literally, don’t freak). If I’m going out out (you know what I mean…) I opt for Gin & water/soda with cucumber. Check out this post for more healthy drinking tips.

K: Maybe I watch too much Scandal, but I love a glass (or two) of red wine after a long day at work. My guilty pleasure drink when I go out is a Jack & Diet Coke…but I try to avoid that on a regular basis because I am working on cutting all soda out of my diet. I also love a Belvedere cosmopolitan from time to time!

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 Grey Goose got yo’ girl feeling loooooose!

6. What do you snack on?

S: God, I am such a snacker. I would prefer to snack all day rather than eat full meals. I snack on a ton of fruit, peanut butter, Luna bars, Siggi’s yogurt, green juice, and popcorn (I work on a popcorn brand…it’s kind of inevitable…).

K: Snacking is good for the SOUL. It’s a fact. I have 3 or 4 snacks a day, ranging from carrots with black bean dip to fruit-packed smoothies. I always try to incorporate some protein with my snack whenever possible to power me through my day. Lately, I am loving mixing some sliced almonds and raspberries into my vanilla Siggi’s yogurt!

7. How many calories do you eat a day?

S: Ask me on a weekend (in “Foodie Sabeena” mode), likely around 2000 + drinks. Ask me on a weekday, it varies. I’ve been trying something called “intuitive eating” which I’ll post about soon! It rids you from the need to count calories, which is sometimes stressful for those trying to lose weight. Kari and I are tall chicks, so we naturally need more calories than the “avg American woman.” Check out apps like MyFitnessPal if you are trying to gain/lose weight. They help guide you in a healthy way.

K: I used to be a psychopath about counting calories, and it totally sucked the fun out of eating. Now, I probably eat anywhere from 2000-2300 calories a day, which sounds like a lot. However, I am blessed/cursed with a speedy-quick metabolism, and that’s what it takes to keep me at a healthy weight. Keep in mind that most of these calories come from whole foods packed with nutrients! Everyone’s different.

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Life’s short – eat the burger.

8. Do you diet?

S: I sometimes think fad diets are fun (i.e. Paleo…lightbulb for a post idea). But, I don’t like to diet. When I deprive, I just end up eating like 10 cookies at once. Not a good look.

K: Nah. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I am a big believer in eating clean. I avoid foods with more than 5 ingredients (especially ingredients that I can’t pronounce!). But other than that, I don’t follow any strict diets or regimens.

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Well-said.

9. Do you eat carbs?

S: YES. Are you kidding me – I would be the hangriest person ever if I didn’t have carbs. I do try to vary them daily. I’ll eat a lot more carbs on cardio days because my body just needs more. Choose your carbs wisely though – a muffin for breakfast isn’t the same as whole wheat bread & butter.

K: Totally. My favorite carb sources are quinoa, steel cut oats, and ezekiel bread.

10. How do you find time to work out?

S: This is what our blog is all about! Scroll through the fitness tab to find a ton of quick & easy treadmill workouts and short toning exercises. Want my real secret? I get my ass up at 5:30AM. After work I like to meet people for drinks, catch up on TV, blog, or do more work… If I don’t go in the morning, chances are I won’t go at all.

K: For me, working out is like brushing my teeth in the morning. It is something I do every day without thought, and it makes me happier & more pleasant to be around! IT’S NOT EASY. I have to miss happy hour sometimes, and my snooze button is collecting dust. But it’s a small price to pay for a strong, healthy body, right?! Trust me, you have time.

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these cute Splits59 leggings got me in the studio…

11. What should I do if I’m just getting started working out and eating right?

S: Take it slow, grasshopper. Kidding. It really depends on your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight, I’ve read a ton of articles that say focus on diet at first and then incorporate working out. Often times people get ravenous when they work out and end up canceling the burned cals and even OVER-eat. I would suggest going through the foodie section of this blog and talking with a nutritionist or a friend that you know is a healthy eater. Also, the gym can be intimidating so you can start by working out with a buddy or start taking fitness classes. Instructors love newbies and will make you feel right at home, whatever fitness level you are. OH and donate those soffe shorts & get some cute workout clothes. That always helps. ;)

K: Well first of all, nice job! You can’t make a change without taking the first step. My next suggestion? Splurge on some hot workout clothes. Nothing motivates me to hit the gym more than a new pair of leggings or a neon sports bra. Now, it’s important to ditch the idea of being a “newbie.” This is YOU now. You work out. You eat healthy. You’re making a change! In order to stick to your new lifestyle, you’re gonna need some accountability. Try signing up for classes that will charge you a penalty fee if you don’t show up (money talks, people). Like Sabeena said, the gym can be super intimidating. Just remember that everyone there is too focused on themselves to focus on you.

To be continued…

XO,

S&K

 

Get up, stand up!

11 Apr

Come on, put your hands up! (90′s song reference…hope I’m not alone here.)

Hi friends! We have come across some pretty alarming stats lately about the dangers of prolonged sitting. Simply google “the dangers of sitting” and the web page results will be endless. It goes beyond cellulite and weight gain. A sedentary lifestyle has a serious impact on your well-being. Here are some facts that will have you on your feet in NO TIME.

1. Slowed brain function – as reported in the Washington Post, when our bodies aren’t in motion, our brains aren’t, either. Fresh blood and oxygen is pumped into your noggin at a slower rate when you sit for a prolonged period.

2. Heart disease - the more time you log on your booty, the greater your chances of contracting cardiovascular disease. Just as blood flow to your brain slows, the blood flow to your heart also becomes sluggish.

3. Muscle mush - muscles go unused when you chill out in your chair. The abdominal wall weakens, and back muscles tighten, resulting in poor posture. The glutes turn into mush as well, resulting in a saggy backside and a weakened stance.

4. Blood clots - the slowed rate of circulation can lead to blood pooling in the legs and DVT. For the same reasons you are encouraged to move around during long flights, you should introduce as much movement as possible throughout your work day. While you might not feel as confined behind your desk as you do in your seat on a plane, the same principles definitely apply!

5. Shortened life span – if you’re sedentary for more than 7 hours a day, your risk factors of dying increase by 61% compared to those who work more movement into their everyday lives. There have even been TED talks that declare “sitting is the new smoking.” If that doesn’t shock you into action, I don’t know what will!

Okay…so sitting is the worst. Now what can be done about it? If you’re like us and have a corporate job that requires manyyyy hours logged behind a computer, the answer is simple.

STAND. UP.

A couple of months ago, after reading several articles about the dangers of sitting, I decided to make a change. Standing desks are increasing in popularity, but let’s be real, I don’t have a chill $2000 lying around to invest in a real one. So I got a little crafty with two empty boxes and some masking tape. And voila! Standing desk, courtesy of two empty Girl Scout Cookie boxes (ironic much?).

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It ain’t pretty, but this makeshift solution has totally changed my work day. I only stand for about 30 minutes at a time, and try to be on my feet for 3-4 hours a day. Here are a few of the benefits I am experiencing – all for the cost of a few pieces of tape and some puzzled looks from my co-workers:

1. More energy! When I make the effort to get out of my chair,  i feel more focused, awake, and energized. I am definitely more productive at work when I avoid slipping into a lethargic sitting coma.

2. Metabolic increases! For every 3 hours you spend on your feet, you can burn around 250 extra calories. All in a hard day’s work ;)

3. Pain free bod! After logging lots of hours behind my desk, I often have pain through my hip flexors, knees, and lower back. Standing up throughout the day has completely remedied these aches. My post-work gym sessions have improved as well! It is much easier to run on legs that haven’t been squished underneath a desk all day.

So, get out yo’ seat and jump around! Anyone…?

XO,

S&K

 

 

75 Thoughts Every Runner Has…

7 Apr

…while out for a run. Cred to BuzzFeed, once again, for conveying our hilarious/absolutely ridiculous thoughts while running.

“I don’t even like running.” – said everyone ever.

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1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
6. SIX MINUTES?!
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started this run.
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go.
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, shit! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind” thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline.
17. If I leap to avoid dog shit, does that make me a CrossFit athlete?
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find dead bodies.
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five slices.
29. I should probably get a side salad too.
30. …
31. Fuck the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, God. They didn’t turn around and now I’m right behind them. They’re going to think they’re getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the street.
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car.
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross.
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke.
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now.
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now.
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all downhill from here.
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. God damnit.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG!
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your human is pretty cute too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, Cute Human.
52. Watch my bambi ass prance up this hill.
53. Holy shit, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted.
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run.
61. I AM THE SWIFTEST GOD OF ALL TWO-LEGGED CREATURES.
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically 10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock marathon.
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted.
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that shit.
72. Oh, no. Oh god no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again.
74. OMG, SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.

XO,

S&K

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