I like women with normal body weight. The "acceptable range" for me is actually quite large. The average size of a woman in the US is a size 16. It has been proven that such women have no trouble turning my crank. I love when I'm out with a woman and when I ask what she wants to do about dinner, suggests Portillo's (home of the best Chicago style hot dogs in the world) or some other place hearty. But it's a range, not "anyone with XX chromosomes". There are limits for me. There is such a thing as "too fat", and there is definitely such a thing as "too skinny."
Now, there are some skinny Hollywood starlets that I do find sexy (Kylie Minogue, for example), but that has to do with other factors, not that they are rail thin. "Thin" does not automatically equal "sexy" in my book. So seeing things like Kate Bosworth plugging Superman Returns with a body weight hovering around the 100 lbs. mark doesn't make me go, "That's hot!" It makes me want to call emergency services. There's a thin line between dieting/eating healthy and malnutrition. But the focus on the glamorous life by lifestyle magazines creates body image problems. It starts young, with little girls brainwashed by the unrealistic proportions of a Barbie doll. As women get older and their bodies react normally to age, gaining weight, getting wrinkles, and things starting to sag, they look at Hollywood types and wonder how they have either slowed or turned back the clock.
The answer is, it's their job to stay thin. Their careers are structured to allow them to do things like exercise for two hours a day and personal chefs who take all the guesswork out of preparing meals (I suspect laxatives, diuretics, and anti-depressants also play a role). Normal people that have jobs, kids, family, friends, A LIFE would never make it happen, there's only so many hours in a day. It's genetics. It's body type. You can have some effect, but someone like me who's pear shaped is never going to look like Vin Diesel.
So, I read some of these "Here's how you can lose weight!" things like Kendra Wilkinson after having her baby and shake my head. They're lying. They'd lose the weight anyway. The latest on this bandwagon is Gwyneth Paltrow, touring for Iron Man 2. In a piece called "The Making Of Pepper Pots" (keep in mind, she's a comic book female, so realistic anatomy is not the goal), she wrote, "I have just traversed the globe doing promotion for Ironman 2, getting asked the same question repeatedly: how did I get in shape for the movie? Well, I am not going to lie, the process was an arduous one."
The Making of Pepper Potts
I have just traversed the globe doing promotion for Ironman 2, getting asked the same question repeatedly: how did I get in shape for the movie? Well, I am not going to lie, the process was an arduous one. I asked my business partner and trainer Tracy Anderson if she would share with us the terrifically difficult leg series she made for me to do during the filming of the movie. This 26 minute long video was an amazing start for getting the butt and legs I had always hoped for. I did this leg series after doing 45 minutes of Tracy’s dance cardio and her arm series (these can be found on her DVD’s). Also, to really get in line, I followed her strict diet for 5 days to lose my extra winter weight. Now, I am not a good dieter and I cannot ever do it for long, only when there is a goal in sight, which there was in this case. This regime got me into the shape of my life and I continue to return to it when I have a specific event so that I can do ridiculous things like be a 37 year old mother of two and wear shorts! An extra special thank you to Tracy for her generosity in providing us with this incredible content free of charge! In June she will make her changing routines available via webisode on her website. Be sure to check them out.
Work it baby,
gp P.S. Before embarking on a diet or exercise regimen, be sure to check with your physician first.
Ironman 2 Daily Prep:
Wake up, have a green tea
A Think Thin bar
• 1 cup Almond Milk
• a handful of blueberries (optional)
• A level scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Move” powder
• A scoop of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “Nourish” powder
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: Breakfast is a good time to take your daily multivitamin.
8 am – 9:30 Workout
Here’s a teaser for one of my workouts for Ironman 2. In order to view the full workout, just click on this link and enter your email address.
Do this video plus 45 minutes of dance cardio. Tracy Anderson has several dance cardio DVD’s available for beginners and upwards.
This is an incredibly healthy, refreshing way to start your day. Kale is full of calcium and antioxidants and just about everything else—it’s one of the best things you can put into your system. When juiced with a bit of lemon and agave, kale turns into a sort-of grassy lemonade. No worries if you don’t have a juicer, a blender and a sieve do the trick.
• 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves washed
• the juice of 2 smallish lemons
• 1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
• 1/2 cup cold water
Combine everything in a blender and blitz until completely pureed. It might take a little bit of time and a shove to get it going. Strain the juice through a fine sieve into a bowl, pushing down on the solids with a kitchen spoon being sure to extract all the juice. Taste the juice and add a bit more lemon or agave if you think it needs it. Pour into a glass and drink up.
1 pm Lunch
Tracy sent me a few suggestions for a few healthy wraps – vegan and non-vegetarian.
Vegan Option #1
• 1 Mountain Valley Wrap (super low carb, low calorie, tortilla wraps that you can find at your local health food store)
• 1.5 tablespoons of Almond Butter
• Chopped Dates
Vegan Option #2
• Mountain Valley Wrap
• 1 Avocado
• Tomato slices
• Cucumber slices
• Jicama slivers
• Mountain Valley Wrap
• Oven roasted turkey plain (no salt)
• Tomato slices
• Cucumber slices
• 1tbsp honey mustard (Mix 1 tbsp mustard with 1 tsp honey)
Lemony Grilled Chicken I came up with this recipe as an alternative to the wraps in order to add a little variety to lunch time.
• Boneless, skinless chicken breast
• Lemon juice
• Olive oil
• Salt and Pepper
Marinate the chicken breast in lemon juice and a tiny (emphasis on tiny) bit of olive oil. Season well and grill. Serve with the steamed vegetable or vegetable salad of your choice.
Here are a few snacks to hold you over until dinner:
A small handful of almonds
A GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha (note: Be sure to stick with the bottles labeled GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha over the Synergy Organic & Raw varieties, as these have fruit juice in them.)
Turkey Kale Soup Tracy also shared this recipe with me. Another super-low calorie recipe, it does not lack in flavor.
• 1 Yellow onion quartered
• 10 Cloves garlic minced
• 2 leeks
• asparagus tips
• 3 Stalks of celery
• 1 Parsnip
• A handful of thyme
• 2 Sprig rosemary
• 2 Low sodium vegan bullion cubes
• 12 C Water
• Bunch parsley minced
• 2 lbs. Boneless skinless turkey breast
• 1 T Soy sauce
• 1-2 lb. Kale
Rub the turkey with half the garlic, half the rosemary, half the thyme, soy sauce and half the parsley. In a soup pot add remaining ingredients except for the kale, sauté on medium heat about 10 minutes so the vegetables start to brown. Cover with water and add bullion simmer about 3 hours so the vegetables are cooked. Strain broth, meanwhile place turkey with seasonings in a covered roasting pan into a 370 degree oven. Roast about 1 ½ hours or until cooked. Take out of the oven uncover and let cool about an hour. Shred the turkey and add it to the strained broth. Take the stems out of the kale chop and add to the broth cook another hour. Serve garnished with fresh parsley and a splash of soy sauce to taste.
Chopped Veggie Salad Chop the vegetables of your choice into small pieces and dress with a light vinaigrette. I recommend shallots which add an extra kick. Here’s a combination I particularly like:
• The lettuce of your choice
• Steamed beets
Note: Be sure to rotate the recipes to keep the days interesting.
TL;DR -- I lost weight with a diet no one in their right mind could stick to for more than a few days without reaching for the nearest hoagie and an exercise regimen no one has time for.
Ladies, trying to lose some weight and be healthy is one thing. But if you have to destroy your body and your life for your guy, he ain't worth it.