Friday, May 27, 2016

5 Tips to Get Beach Ready Quick

Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of summer and, along with the promise of warm weather, fun days at the beach to beat the heat are mandatory.  So, it is right about now, we start to regret all those broken New Year’s resolutions to get into shape.  But don’t despair because, with these 5 tips, you will find yourself ready for some fun in the sun in no time at all.

SELF-TANNER   A little color will go a long way
Everyone looks better with a tan.  There is no denying that a little sun can make pale skin look vibrant and fresh but you don’t have to put yourself in harm’s way with UV Rays to get a healthy-looking glow.  My “go to” quick fix is a spray tan at my local tanning salon.  Within hours, my problem areas seem to disappear.  A little color camouflage helps to hide my cellulite and gives my abs some faux definition.  There is nothing sassier than some golden brown shoulders and I love that I don’t have to wear a lot of make-up.

If you can’t make it to a salon, there are plenty of self-tanning products on the market; however, I have found the Jergens ® Natural Glow line works wonders and is very forgiving.

Photo Credit: Jergens via Pinterest

SUIT UP Find the most flattering swim suit for your body type

As much as we’d all love to be Giselle and get paid to pose for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, the reality is that we don’t; but that doesn’t mean us gals can’t don a flattering suit that makes us feel like a million bucks. 

Some of us already know how to play on the strengths and weaknesses of our bodies but, if not, resources such as the Lands’ End Swim Finder can help you find the right suit for your body and lifestyle. 

Photo Credit: Lands' End via Pinterest

Photo Credit: Lands' End via Pinterest

 UNDER COVER  Beach cover-ups as a fashion statement

If you still aren’t comfortable baring it all, a beach cover up is the perfect way to dare but not be bare.  Cover-ups come in a variety of lengths, shapes and styles: Long and flowing tunics; cute and flirty dress style; and barely there scarves and dresses.  Every woman should have at least one in her wardrobe.

Photo Credit: Wachabuy via Pinterest

Photo Credit: via Pinterest

ACCESSORY TO FUN  Sunglasses and hats pull it together
Fun sunnies and a big beach hat can add a certain √©lan to being beach ready.  These fashionable accoutrements always lend an air of sophistication and glamour to any suit or cover-up.  Not to mention they help to protect your eyes and skin from the sun.


Photo Credit:Instagram via Pinterest

Photo Credit: Glamour via Pinterest


WORK IT OUT Easy Strength Training pumps muscles
Some celebrities boast that they pump iron to define their arms and legs before the big awards shows.  Doing this before hitting the beach is a great way to pump your own muscles even if you aren’t a gym rat.  Before you hit the beach, do a short interval training session:  3 sets of 10 push-ups; 3 sets of 10 squats; and if you have some light dumbbells a variety of triceps and bicep exercises can create the illusion of being pumped up.




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eat. Drink and be Skinny Guest Contributor Post: Part II

With my Tri Sprint only three weeks from today, I am definitely back in the saddle with my training.  So it was only appropriate that my second guest contributor post --  training for your first sprint triathlon: bike portion -- on Eat. Drink and be Skinny was published.

And these posts have really hit home. My family and I just signed up as Team Mausser for our first sprint relay at the June Lake Tri in July.  I am proud to report that my own husband has been using the bike training plan from my post.

Stay tuned for our results and my final post on EDBS about the run training later this summer.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Eat. Drink and be Skinny Guest Contributor Post

A few months back, I saw that one of my favorite bloggers -- Teresa from Eat. Drink and be Skinny -- was looking for contributing writers.  Mostly Teresa posts about running (hence how I found her) and all things encompassing living healthy (why I remain a loyal follower) but she truly is an expert in her field.

What impressed me most about Teresa in her bio from her blog: "She's more than just a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast or health advocate. She is the real deal. Backed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science, a Masters in Business, a CPT from ACE and 14+ years of professional experience in the weight loss industry working on a corporate level for Jenny Craig and the past three as an independent Health Coach with clients across the globe."

I applied straightaway and you can only imagine how honored I am to have been selected to be a guest contributor for EDBS.

Here is my first post in a "Tri" part series on training for your first sprint triathlon and my second post will go live May 12, 2016.