Slender Sororities

After a week off from blogging and a weekend off from slender eating thanks to Moms’ Weekend, I’m so happy to be back with a a full arsenal of posts that I think you’re all going to love.
UT AEPhi gets slender! | The Slender Student The girls of UT AEPhi take Bar Method classes together, listen to a talk on portion control from yours truly, snack on slender alternatives, and team up for a mud run!

Healthy tips from Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi | The Slender Student Melissa, a freshman Alpha Phi at Wash U, shares her tips for staying slender and how her sorority helps her do it!
UGA Chi O stays slender post-workout | The Slender Student

Some UGA freshmen Chi Os making slender post-workout choices in their dining hall!

UT KKG after a class at The Bar Method! | The Slender Student

Texas KKGs post-Bar Method burn!

Advice from Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt! | The Slender Student

Victoria, a freshman Pi Phi at Vanderbilt, on slender sorority bonding.Tulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise! | The Slender StudentTulane Chi O throws it back to Jazzercise!

Thank you to all the slender sorority girls who sent in their photos and tips. Way to rep ya crew. If your girls weren’t featured today, please feel free to send in how y’all stay slender and I’ll be sure to put you in the next Slender Sorority post! Also, a big thanks to the always awesome girls of Team Slender (Nicole, Alexis, and Cara) for helping me put this together!

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Team Slender: Daring in the Dining Hall

Did you miss last week’s giveaway? It closes today at 3 pm CST! And if you live in Austin, come out to CYC tomorrow night to meet chef/author Nisa Burns and I for a cooking demo and tasting!

Our Team Slender freshman, Nicole, is here today talking about how to avoid the dining hall snoozefest that can halt your journey to slenderhood! Your girl’s got some easy and simple ideas that will keep you on the straight and narrow and out of the on campus fast food traps.

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Choices to make in the dining hall to keep things interesting AND slender! | The Slender Student

As a college freshman, my meal plan kicks me every time I even think about thinking about buying meals outside the dining hall. Let’s be honest, how many plain, three-ingredient salads can you eat (because it’s the only healthy option) before you turn into a rabbit? So, this is my guide to spicing up the dining hall, so you don’t have to feel the guilt of letting your meal plan go by unused. By spending on just a few extra items, you can dress up your meal into a deliciously healthy meal without needing to venture outside of the campus cafeteria.

  1. Keep the boring staple deli meats, but try using your own bread. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask the chefs to prepare your sandwich with your own personal bread stash. Invest in a few 100-calorie flatbreads (Flat Out, Pepperidge Farms, Thomas’) to use on your sandwich instead of wasting your calories on Wonder Bread.
  2. Use your own salad dressing! Cutting back to a low-fat or fat-free dressing can cut out hundreds of unnecessary calories. Walden Farms makes 20 different fat free flavors of salad dressing that will make you think you’re eating a restaurant-style Caesar Salad.
  3. Say cheese! Reduced fat cheese, that is. Reduced fat shredded cheese is a perfect topping to your sandwich thins (try it with some tomato sauce for some homemade pizza) and a great substitute for the standard dining hall cheese that’s high in saturated fat. Try putting feta on top of your dining hall salad, or American cheese over a (bunless?) burger. Low fat cheese can make your meal more exciting without the burden of packing on the pounds!
  4. Spice up…everything! I have started to put hot sauce on almost everything I eat. Franks happens to be my favorite. This zero guilt topping gives my eggs, sandwiches, meats, and vegetables a kick when I’m getting bored of my routine meals.

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Team Slender: A half that makes you whole.

Did you miss yesterday’s giveaway? It’s not too late to enter!

Thank goodness for Cara from Team Slender. She’s here today with her half marathon training guide, something that this self-proclaimed non-runner is unlikely to ever commit to… Though after this post, I’m giving it a second thought.

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A half marathon training guide from Cara of Team Slender! | The Slender Student

Last August, I registered for the Livestrong Austin Marathon, uncertain of my abilities and merely in the shadow of my pro-runner father. He signed up for the race as his “sweet sixteen”—16th full, 26.2 mile marathon—and at that point, I could attempt to run approximately one mile before huffing and puffing in exhaustion.

My goal? To finish. I knew that once I crossed that finish line, my world would be transformed. And that feeling is what pushed me to get out of bed every morning, put on my running shoes and step outside.

Living in Austin, I found that the city’s grid-like foundation allows easy mileage tracking—the street’s stoplights are almost perfect mile markers. I also used RunKeeper, a free iPhone app that uses GPS to track your mileage, routes, pace, calories and time. Download it right now.

I molded my personal plan from Shape’s guide, which I found very practical. Many publish 10- to 12-week plans, but I believe that the acclimation process to a running lifestyle is easier if you begin earlier.

My key focus is consistency. Stay true to your final mileage every single day. When I first decided to take running seriously, I couldn’t run a 5K. Instead, I would walk and run a total of those 3.1 miles. I wouldn’t let myself go back home until I completed the 5K. After a few weeks, I ran a 5K at a steady 10-minute mile pace without hesitation; and once I reached that comfort level, I could move on to mastering further distances.

{Hint: Self motivation requires some self reward. After mastering your first 5K, 10K or 10 mile run, pick out a new running accessory at Lululemon. You’ll know that you deserved it!}

After four challenging months of training, questioning my intentions, many pep talks from friends and family and too many trips to Lululemon for the perfect running outfit (oops), I was ready.

The triumph in training for and finishing a half marathon is enough to prove that self-motivation is sufficient, that consistency is key, that completion is glorious, that passion is everything.

So, I’m telling you—you can do it. Your passion will move you through training and toward the finish line. You can certainly run 13.1 miles, a half that will make you whole—mentally, physically, and spiritually.

A half marathon training guide from Cara of Team Slender! | The Slender Student

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Amazing, right?! Don’t forget to check out Cara’s blog!

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Team Slender: O Come All Ye Feastful

Remember Alexis, our Team Slender sophomore? Here are her creative suggestions for staying fit in the winter!

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Creative suggestions for staying fit in the winter months! | The Slender Student

You know the feeling. Finals have come to an end and the temperature is starting to drop—along with your motivation. All of the sudden, the gym is about ten miles further from your house than it was last week and, for some reason, you just cannot stop thinking about a warm, decadent slice of your grandmother’s famous Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

“Holidays” (in America, at least) are synonymous with “fatty food free-for-alls”. Now, I am all for indulging, but with this indulgence must come a healthy dose of exercise. It’s always hard to get yourself to go for a run or a long walk when the amount of layers you have to wear is directly proportional to the number of miles you plan on running, but fear not: in a world where even video games have fitness settings, staying slender can be simple and easy.

Pre-designed workouts like P90X and Insanity only require a mat and some hand weights (and a TV or computer, of course), and are guaranteed to help you shed the pounds (or maybe just those extra chocolate chip cookies you snuck after dinner last night). Gaming systems like the Wii have programs like WiiFit—even Xbox’s Dance Central has a fitness setting! Select the workout mode and keep track of the calories burned per song.

Not willing to shell out the big bucks? Check out daily deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon for discounted gym passes, or websites like Fitness.com and Womenshealth.com (and TheSlenderStudent.com!!) for simple, step-by-step workouts. I know the idea of staying slim throughout these winter months can be daunting (believe me, I’ve already begun to slack and, here in Texas, the needle hasn’t dropped below 50 yet!) but just avoiding the couch can make a huge difference! So trade in that box set of FRIENDS for a month-long pass to the gym and get going, already! Your love handles (or lack thereof) will thank you.

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Team Slender: Alexis

It’s time for me to introduce y’all to another member of Team Slender! Last week you met our freshman, Nicole. This week I’m happy to introduce you to Alexis, our sophomore! She lives in a sorority house and works at a fitness studio, so I have a feeling Alexis will have tons of tips and insider info in her upcoming guest posts.

Have questions for Alexis? Leave them in the comments!

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