Carrie Underwood looks fit, healthy, and radiantly happy in the April issue of Women’s Health magazine. A journey that had its bumps along the way, one of which included the thought that 800 calories a day would be healthy. Now happy with her toned and trim physique, Carrie didn’t always pay attention to the nutritional or fitness needs of her body. That journey started in 2005 when she had a winning streak on “American Idol” and online comments came in that “Carrie’s getting fat.” She knew it shouldn’t matter what others thought, but she also lacked energy due to a steady supply of pasta and quesadillas, which also led to buying clothes a size bigger each time. Turning the situation into a positive, Carrie let the “haters” fuel her resolve to a healthier life, as she said:
“I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”When Carrie went on tour with her fellow contestants after winning “American Idol,” she started paying attention to her calorie intake and exercising on the elliptical. The change in diet and the uptake of exercise gave Carrie a boost in energy while it made her sleep better, so she decided to kick things up a notch. The country singer put more effort into her exercise routine and cut down on calorie intake, which at times only amounted to 800 per day. By November 2005, the plan had taken its toll. Even though she lost weight, Carrie couldn’t keep up the grueling restriction on food, so she had to adjust her idea around maintaining her goal weight while staying healthy.
“I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”When Carrie went on tour with her fellow contestants after winning “American Idol,” she started paying attention to her calorie intake and exercising on the elliptical. The change in diet and the uptake of exercise gave Carrie a boost in energy while it made her sleep better, so she decided to kick things up a notch. The country singer put more effort into her exercise routine and cut down on calorie intake, which at times only amounted to 800 per day. By November 2005, the plan had taken its toll. Even though she lost weight, Carrie couldn’t keep up the grueling restriction on food, so she had to adjust her idea around maintaining her goal weight while staying healthy. Now Carrie follows rules because she loves them and the structure it provides allows her the occasional indulgence, as she added:
“I love rules. This is how I feel good about myself, and this is how I operate.”When going on the road for her career, Carrie takes her personal trainer, Eve Overland, with her, and she’s learned to become flexible about her expectations over workouts when not at home. Last year, the country singer posted a taste of her grueling full-body workouts, which includes burpees, thrusters, barbell squats, deadlifts, and alligator pushups. In between sets, Carrie crammed in a treadmill session. No doubt her allowance for indulgence came in handy when her son, Isaiah, celebrated his 5th birthday recently.Read alsoTVDEC 20, 2019Carrie Underwood Talks about Frustration She Felt after Her Body Took Longer to Recover Following 2nd Son’s Birth The youngster’s Scooby-Doo cake looked magical with the “mystery machine” on top and the proud mom made sure to thank Ivey Cake Store and Defy in Nashville for making her son’s day “extra special.” Even though Isaiah is getting older, he is still blissfully aware of his mom’s stardom, as he thinks she is “really good at folding laundry.” Carrie Underwood recently shared an “All About My Mom” questionnaire Isaiah had filled out, and his answers are just adorable. Apart from recognizing her talent when it comes to laundry, Isaiah also thinks his mom is 70 years old, and if there is anything in this world he could gift her it would be cake.
,By Jessica Sepel – @jshealth
Here are 6 simple ways to boost your self esteem.
1. Do something for someone else – There really is no greater feeling then helping someone out. Whether a small or large act of kindness, it is always great to lend a helping hand.
2. Look in the mirror and state one thing you love about yourself – The most important relationship you will have is the one you have with yourself. When I am feeling down or stressed, I often look in the mirror and say “I love and approve of myself. It is safe for me to care for myself. I have time.”
3. Do your favourite form of exercise – We all love endorphins! But there is no need to push yourself to exercise vigorously every day. Instead, try and move your body for 30 minutes each in your favourite way – whether a jog, walk, pilates or yoga! At the moment, I am loving pilates.
4. Write in your gratitude journal – This is one of my most humbling practices. Often, I will wake up and write down 5 thing I am grateful for that day. Here, you will realise how blessed your truly are.
,By Michele Smith
Many people often ponder the question, “Do models really eat?” The answer is “yes” and anyone can take advantage of these healthy dietary tips. The following tips are from Miss Universe’s and top models. Anyone who chooses to follow these diets will undoubtedly result in a hot body.
The low-carbohydrate diet.
Many models stick to the low-carb diet, as while all of us love carbs, carbs generally do not love us back. With this diet high protein is key, as high protein is not only great for energy, but it will help with not feeling as hungry as often. This is perfect for the model on the go and doesn’t mean an elimination of all carbohydrates. Breakfast examples include Special K or eggs on toast. Lunch sandwich options are healthy with chicken or tuna salad on whole wheat bread. Dinner suggestions are a lean meat combined with a vegetable such a broccoli.
The whole food diet.
What is the whole food diet? The whole food diet consists of a lot of clean eating. Clean eating consists of a diet which includes eating foods that are minimally or not processed at all, making the food as close to its natural form as close as possible. Meal examples include quinoa porridge for breakfast with goat’s milk yogurt. Lunch is a simple gluten-free salad or even raw sushi. Dinner can consist of a healthy chicken dish or even a fish and fish and vegetable stir fry. An easy way to eat clean is to avoid boxed foods and keep an eye on ingredient lists on labels. If there are a bunch of words you cannot pronounce on a box label it most likely will not fall into the whole food diet.
,By Michele Smith
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Models and supermodels tend to transition into the area of acting. What it is it like working behind the scenes with a producer? You are without a doubt looking at long hours (maybe even longer than runway shows), but this is another arena where the behind-the-scenes is not so glamourous. The truth of the matter is that even your modeling booking agent is quite different then working with someone in the film industry. How does one get an agent exactly?
When you are a professional model you certainly have a head up ahead of the game because you already have all of your professional headshots. Phew. Now that step one is done, what is next you may ask? A talent agent or booking agent is simply a person who gets jobs for their client. Talent agents typically specialize or focus on certain industries. The largest agencies in the playing field to date are CAA and UTA. CAA represents Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage and Sandra Bullock to name a few. UTA represents Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Edward Norton; among many others,
At the end of the day though, you need to do a little homework on your own. It’s simple. If you have a computer you can “Google” most of this. Please keep in mind to select someone from a reputable agency, but at the same time do your homework. Take a look at who the agent has represented, what feature films/commercials they have been featured in and do a LinkedIn background check. This process is simple and quiet behind the scenes.
,Pilates on Crack could very well be the instatement of the century. I’ve taken about every different new exercise fad under the sun. I hit the barre, when ballet came to town, I have done Barry’s Bootcamp, I even tried that vibrating Pilates machine at one point till my brain started feeling fuzzy. I felt like I had done it all, so when I read this article about a new form of Pilates on crack, I didn’t really think much of it. How hard and intense could it really be?
However walking into Brooklyn Body Burn, my heart suddenly hit my throat. Everyone had this intense energy about them, like the beginning of a school race. I was the new guy in the room, and although I felt welcomed, I suddenly felt like I was a rookie in the middle of a boxing ring against the champ.
The class began, and one slip, tuck and crunch on the ‘megaformer’, for what seemed like the most intense stomach exercise of my life, sweat dripping and thinking I couldn’t possibly tolerate any more, I glanced at the clock and realized it was only five minutes into the class.
This is not something you can really explain, but something you experience – and I highly recommend EVERYONE does. It is not one of those fads that you do once and walk away trying to figure out how to stop the pain, its an addictive feeling that your body will thank you for. The classes, sadly enough do not get any easier, but you begin to know what to expect and I think that might soften the blow, or at least I keep telling myself that. I had one of my contributors dig a little deeper and write in depth for us about the ins and outs of this thing they are calling the exercise crack.
And you know what they say, once you try crack, you never go back.
The Burns Of The Brooklyn Body
By Naima Karp
Spx, a California workout trend started by Sebastian Lagree, is referred to as “Pilates on Crack.” the exercise employs a method called SPX, which combines the benefits of strength training, Pilates training, and cardio. This gives you faster, more chiseled and toned results than the classic Pilates method, which modestly blushes in comparison. Lagree introduced the world to this technique in 2001 with the opening of his first SPX studio, but just recently, the trend has been catching on quick, and making its way all the way from California to New York, culminating in the birth of Brooklyn Body Burn.
Brooklyn Body Burn just recently opened in Williamsburg this february, and is already catching on fast. The studio is in a ground-level basement area, and has an industrial but cozy look to it. The walls are unique, appearing to be clear from the inside, but cleverly appears as brick to outsiders, shielding you from some awkward, sweaty eye contact with passing pedestrians.
Tracy Karlinsky is the owner of the studio, and is a classically trained ballet dancer. She was born in new york, but lived between NYC and LA, cycling through the fitness fads of each coast. But one from the west stuck with her, and she knew she had to bring the workout back to new york. Other instructors include Keisha Saddler, who’s also a dancer and has been teaching fitness classes for over 10 years. There’s also hope for guys that want to jump in. Will Molinar practiced wrestling, cross country, and track when he was younger, eventually moving on to professional bodybuilding. The instructors often attend each other’s classes, which is a testament to their passionate dedication and constant desire to learn more from one another, giving you the best classes they can.
What makes it unique
,By Margretta Sowah
Perception is a funny thing. Have you heard the saying, ‘good from far but far from good’? It usually refers to a person who appears amazing from a distance but the closer you become, the less attractive they are. With Fashion Week stitching itself up after another deliciously sewnful season, I can’t help but question the context of affluence in fashion.
In times of economic strife (this being one of them) society subconsciously gazes to fashion for soci-pyschological direction. In a way, this industry is able to tell us what is hot and what is très moche (so hideous). It is no surprise the fluctuation of brand power is one of great debate. In the world of glitter and gambles, does having an accessible brand mean tacky, or has luxury taken on a whole new meaning – attainable?
Affluence vs. Accessible
Moschino, a luxury Italian fashion brand, has been on the market since the early 80s. If you have never heard to Moschino, you’ve probably heard of Jeremy Scott. I’m going to go out on a limb and call him a remixed John Galliano – in terms of his creative reservoir. Scott is an exceptional designer, being hailed by Faces magazine at number thirty-one (higher than Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen) on their Most Important People in Fashion issue. One of Jeremy’s iconic collaboration was with Adidas. To put it into a Fashion perspective, Adidas would be the Louis Vuitton of the Active Sportswear market; a powerhouse in the industry but also symbiotically tied to a specific subculture.
According to an article by BusinessInsider.au, “brands that become too accessible are less appealing to super rich buyers. Louis Vuitton, for instance, is considered a ‘brand for secretaries’ by many wealthy Chinese.” With multiple monogram copies, the LV bubble has been flooded by cheap knockoffs to the point of social recession. After further research into the customer perception of LV, most Australians agreed with the above statement, with it being over-worn and under-sold for years. It’s understandable to question whether Louis Vuitton still retains its extravagant seat in the table of opulence.
There is no backpedaling for a brand of this nature. Product-wise their collections are incredible. In the area of perception it would seem Vuitton does not hold the same feelings most would have towards CHANEL, even though there are as much knockoffs of Coco’s signature 2.55 bag as there are of Louis Vuitton’s Speedy bag. Has Louis Vuitton’s unintentional commercialism caused their brand to now be seen as accessible instead of affluent?
Vuitton is the other half of the huge multinational conglomerate LVMH (Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton) and houses brands such as Christian Dior, Pucci, Fendi, Givenchy and Kenzo. I don’t see anything accessible about bags, clothes and accessories worth thousands of dollars. Do you? This is where perception comes into play. If a brand aligns themselves with personal and positive benefits along with emotional meaning, it would be very hard pressed to change public opinion, even if the trends show other signs (this goes for people as well).
What’s the secret?
,By Calynn M. Lawrence
Lais Ribeiro is the Brazilian bombshell fashion model with a tiny waist and stark round curves who has been newly initiated as one of Victoria’s Secret Angels. Lais Ribeiro has walked the catwalk for huge names such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs! Yet, what is just as impressive as her portfolio is her encouraging rise to fame. The literal rags to riches come up is beautiful and certainly exemplifies that you do not need to be perfect to be a success.
So how did she begin her career? Well, sources say that a year after giving birth to her son ,Alexandre, she followed her friend’s advice and started working as a model in her home country Brazil. Clearly, she earned a lot of work and within a few years was ble to land some high ranking jobs. In 2009, she walked in major international fashion shows for designers such as Shiatzy Chen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Marc Jacobs. In Brazil fashion Week, for the spring-summer 2011 collections, Ribeiro was the most booked runway model with 27 shows during Sao Paulo Fashion Week and 26 shows during Rio Fashion Week.
Some of the magazine features (and covers) that she has landed are American, Brazilian, German, and Italian Vogue, as well as appearing in ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, GAP and American Eagle.