44-year-old entrepreneur, columnist and mom Carla McDonald has a fail-proof work-out motivator. "I will only let myself read the celebrity weeklies when I'm on the elliptical machine," she said. "That ensures at least three 45-minute work-outs each week. When my knowledge of celebrities goes up, my weight goes down!"
Mompreneur Helen Georgaklis started practicing hot yoga and yogalates about three months ago and found a drastic change in her appetite. "Yoga not only helps connect the body and mind, it also helps ensure you eat well and take care of yourself," Georgaklis said. "The connection between body and mind is key to successful weight control."
24-year-old Ashley Brady, style editor of TheLuxurySpot.com, makes an effort to start her day with a brisk walk. "I like to take extra time to walk a couple of stops past my normal subway stop in order to boost my morning routine into high gear," she said.
At work, TheLuxurySpot team puts a healthy twist on the 10 o'clock coffee break with a 10am smoothie break instead. "Heart-healthy pomegranates, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries and juices literally get our creative juices flowing."
Rada K. Tierney of RKT Communications says she follows a piece of advice passed down from her great aunt, who never had a weight issue during her 92 years. "Eat a king's breakfast; eat a prince's lunch; eat a peasant's dinner." Tierney interprets this to mean a big and hearty breakfast, followed by a filling lunch (but less quantity) and a lighter dinner with a little meat, plus lots of veggies and grains.
Health and wellness coach Marissa Vicario, age 32, always gets her greens. "I eat as close to nature as possible, including lots of green veggies, fruits and whole grains. I also make sure to drink lots of green juices, which keeps my stress levels relatively low."
Freelance writer and mother of two Priya Ramachandran schedules active mommy 'n me sessions where she and her daughter can both get exercise. "We do mom-and-daughter hula sessions, rollerskating and bhangra dancing," she said. "I love these alternate exercise forms because we're always exploring something fun, healthy and different."
Like most of us, 26-year-old Ashley Schwartau admits to a wicked sweet tooth and lack of motivation when it comes to working out, but when she decided to get serious about maintaining her ideal weight and size about a year and a half ago, she joined the YMCA. "I now make group fitness classes an important part of my weekly routine," she said. "I do Zumba two to four times a week with at least one pilates class and one fitness yoga class for strength and flexibility."
Though she hasn't altered her eating habits much, Schwaratau says she's been able to maintain a weight at which she feels healthy and sexy -- who can ask for anything more?
Entrepreneur and former actress Kimberly Fisher travels a lot, which means plenty of unhealthy, fatty foods on the road. To combat the urge to hit up a greasy diner, Fisher packs her own snacks, made up of raw almonds, string cheese, tuna kits and large bottles of water.
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