Lady Lovin’ Workout Playlist

The Slender Student's Lady Lovin' Workout Playlist (a playlist to get you girls pumped in the gym!) | The Slender Student I don’t think I can count the number of times I’ve told y’all that I’m really not that into working out. I was born with zero athletic ability, so I give myself double points when I exercise for fighting against nature. That takes some serious work.

Nothing gets me more motivated to combat my inherent laziness than music. It’s a huge part of why riding at Cyc works so well for me. It’s also the reason why I walk around the gym with chronic B face. I’d classify the music I listen to while I workout as mean. It mostly consists of hip hop– songs in which the artist rattles off lyrics about how great he is, and how less great everyone else is. I, in turn, evoke the same attitude that’s being siphoned into my brain via my headphones.

Hey, it’s not charming, but it works. I truly believe that confidence can fuel a workout.

Since the conclusion of the holiday season, I’ve felt a lot of self consciousness and heard a lot of fat talk from both myself and my friends. I put together this playlist as a way to counteract all of this negativity. I hope not only that these songs get you in the gym, working toward your goals, but also that they give you a little confidence boost and remind you that you’re the HBIC. Heads up, language is explicit.

Thank you to my Instagram and Twitter followers who gave me song suggestions. It was really fun listening to what gets you all amped. Follow the playlist on Spotify so you can listen to it where ever you go, and leave a comment if you think I’m missing a crucial jam!

January 2014 Fitness Challenge: Try Something New

Keep your New Year's Resolutions and TRY SOMETHING NEW to keep from getting bored with your fitness routine! | The Slender Student Trying something new is arguably one of the more important parts of the January 2014 Fitness Challenge. Let’s be honest, going to the gym, warming up, lifting weights, and then finishing off with cardio can easily become redundant, no matter how many different moves you do. And with boredom comes a loss of motivation. And once you’ve lost motivation, it becomes that much easier to abandon a workout routine. That’s where trying something new comes into play. Getting your body moving and working in a way that’s unusual for you prevents that mental burnout. It’s a way to have fun getting fit and may even allow you to stumble upon a new favorite way to be active. I tried my first class at Cyc Fitness on a total whim and it ended up completely changing my point of view on indoor-cycling, cardio, and group exercise classes. Ya never know.

Far beyond any of that, though, trying something new allows you to prove yourself to yourself. I don’t know about y’all, but I approach any new physical feat with trepidation. Despite being a pretty active person, I sometimes revert back to my unathletic, overweight, self-conscious former self. That all disappears after trying something new and succeeding.

Enough fluff, let’s get down to business. Here are some suggestions for ways to try something new:

If you’re a member of a gym, attend a group class you’ve never done before.

Many private gyms/studios offer a free first class. Call around to your local yoga, Pilates, boxing, or cycling studios and see what they’re offering.

If you’re normally chained to a treadmill, try running outside instead.

Hop into that one piece and swim some laps (indoors, guys!).

Look online for a cardio dance video and get stupid in your living room.

Leave a note in the comments and let me know what new activity you’ll be trying! I’ll be heading out to Cayman for a few days tomorrow so maybe I’ll be doing cardio in the airport terminal or, more likely, going for a jog on the beach.

The 2013 Slender Holiday Gift Guide

2013 Slender Holiday Gift Guide | The Slender Student

1. Prepara Super Scooper Ice Cream Scoops – These might be designed for kids, but I think all Slender Students can appreciate a simple way to indulge and practice portion control at the same time. Plus you can go straight from scooping to eating; no need to dirty a bowl and spoon!

2. Cyc Fitness gift card – Help yourself, your friends, or both start those New Year’s fitness resolutions early. Cyc is my all-time favorite group fitness class. Nothing beats the efficiency of this combination cardio/strength training full body workout. If you’ve never been, get in before December 31st to get your first class free!

3. Sugar free Miami Cocktails – Low calorie and sugar free cocktails that take all the guess work out of sipping slenderly.

4. Nike Therma-Fit Reversible Running Headband – Ok, the only thing I hate more than running is running in the cold. I’m 100x more likely to sprint back home as soon as I get that piercing ear pain that sub-60° weather brings (I’m from Texas, give me a break). The beauty of this headband over, say, an athletic beanie is that it protects your ears while still allowing you to keep your hair in a high pony out of your face. Plus reversibility equals versatility and I’m all about that.

5. Nutri Bullet NBR-12 12-Piece Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System – Perfect for blending up single-serving smoothies, protein pancakes, soups, dressings, and sauces. Easy clean up. Want want want.

6. Keurig K10 Mini Plus Coffee Brewer- Mauve Pink – Coffee is my crack, Keurig is my enabler. Don’t know/don’t care when I’ll hit rock bottom.

7. lululemon Vinyasa scarf – THIS. SCARF. IS. SO. COOL.

8. Contigo AUTOSEAL Kangaroo Water Bottle with Storage Compartment, 24-Ounce, Blue – A water bottle with a sneaky little compartment for your ID, money, and keys. Nothing like a little Houdini action at the gym.

9. RobeTowl by PackTowl – Another handy item for your gym bag. A super compact, highly absorbent robe that doubles as a towel. Practical and private.

10. Under Armour Women’s UA Coldgear Cozy 1/2 Zip – Heat-trapping and sweat-wicking but, most importantly, it comes in so many pretty colors.

The Slender Holiday Season Event

I’m so excited to team up with my friends at Cyc Fitness this Sunday for our Slender Holiday Season Event! Join us as cycologist Jess Tonahill leads us through a ride and then hang out afterwards for my healthy holiday tips, strategies, recipe demos, tastings, and a raffle!

To save your spot, RSVP to cycaustin@cycfitness.com and tell them you want in!

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

#atx, want to stay slender this holiday season? Join me at Cyc Fitness for the Slender Holiday Season Event for a Cyc ride, healthy tips, strategies, recipes, tastings, and a raffle! | The Slender Student

October Things

It’s November. Let’s take a stroll down October’s memory lane.

October Things | The Slender Student

listening: Kiss Land by The Weeknd

reading: The CircleIntuitive Eating

watching: New Girl

coveting: gold flatware from West Elmfoam roller

wearing: Dr. Martens 1490 Boot, Cherry Red Smooth

1. ACL was the most appropriate kickoff to October (arguably the best month of the year). Some highlights were Haim, Twin Forks, Grouplove, Toro y Moi, Portugal. The Man, Delta Rae, Kendrick Lamar, and the beautiful weather throughout weekend 1. Sorry, weekend 2 peepz.

October Things | The Slender Student

2. In other concert news, some friends and I saw Michael Franti at Stubb’s later that month. I wasn’t the biggest Franti fan going into it, but his music reminded me of blowing bubbles (or something equally as cheery). If you don’t smile while you listen to him, you quite possibly have no heart.

3. I made this cake for my BFF’s birthday. It was everything and more.

October Things | The Slender Student

4. As part of my Coordinated Program experience, I spent a weekend in Houston for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. We networked, attended educational sessions, and strolled through the Expo, which was the equivalent of trick-or-treating for dietitians.

5. I spent the better part of the month intensely working on my thesis, which discusses the effectiveness of online weight loss programs. If you’ve noticed a little less action here on The Slender Student, this is why. Frankly, it’s difficult to spew words through my fingers all of the time and I’m experiencing a combination of writer’s block and writer’s burn out. I’ll be presenting my thesis this weekend, though, which is a major milestone. I’m actually really excited to share what I’ve been working on for what feels like the past zillion months.

6. Why is Homeland so not good this season? I haven’t watched this past Sunday’s episode so no spoilers, plz. All I know is that my entire house was screaming throughout it, so it must be on an upswing. Fingers crossed.

7. Halloweekend happened. I’d never actually been to 6th Street on Halloween until this year and it was totally bananas. I imagine it’s what Mardi Gras is like except everyone is dressed up like something bloody, something slutty, or both. I was a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket, a la Cake circa 2001.

October Things | The Slender Student

8. Heads up about some November things: I’m speaking at Texas Zeta about all things slender on November 18th so if you’re a member, don’t miss it. Later that week, on November 24th, I’ll be at CYC Fitness discussing how to stay slender during the holiday season. Get more details here.