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Abbie Ginsberg of “The Amazing Race”: Skinnista of the Month

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Say hello to my GF, Abbie Ginsberg!

Between filming this season’s “Amazing Race,” teaching dance classes, & choreographing competitive dancers, this girl manages to find time to fuel her hot bod with the proper nutrients/workout on the reg.

Oh! & only a cool ten MILLION people watch her an episode. She’s pretty much a rockstar…!! Read on for this Skinnista’s diet tips & tricks:

+ Tell us about yourself.

Abbie Ginsberg: I am a thirty-two year old active girl who loves Southern California & has called it home for the past ten years. I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in ‘sunny’ Seattle where I graduated from University of Washington with a double major in fine arts & psychology and a minor in Art History . In 2003, my love for fashion design relocated me to Los Angeles where I earned my professional designation degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. A year later, I found myself down in north county San Diego and have been here ever since.

After briefly pursuing my own women’s clothing line in 2003, I fell back on my lifelong passion for dance & turned to teaching/choreographing dance as my profession. I am currently beginning my ninth year at Carlsbad Dance Centre where I train & choreograph mostly competitive dancers. I love being able to design and costume my pieces.

On a more personal note, I have a seven year old black lab named Bear who is often my exercise companion. I love being healthy, which to me encompasses working out, eating well, & maintaining a balanced lifestyle. My interests include art, music, fashion, exercise, travel, & of course my lab! One of my greatest accomplishments has been competing on this season’s “Amazing Race”. I have been an avid fan since the show first aired nearly ten years ago.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Let’s talk “The Amazing Race,” tell us how you kept in shape during filming?

AG: To be honest, I lost weight [ muscle ] during the actual filming of the Race. In general, we were eating less, eating less frequently, & eating anything when we had the time. We would grab and take whatever we could and we learned to eat EVERY airplane meal provided. Talk about a poster child for unhealthy eating! I am used to exercising everyday, so we went nearly a month without a regular workout routine & healthy eating routine. Our activities and tasks during the show kept us moving and active, so that was a plus. Before we left, I was probably in the best shape of my life. I had cut out virtually all alcohol/indulgences & upped my workouts so that I could build some extra strength before we left. Both Ryan & I knew that we would probably lose a few pounds along the way.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?

AG: Sometimes I crave carbonated beverages, particularly after long hours of teaching. I despise soda, but taking a Perrier & mixing it with a bit of fruit juice usually does the trick and helps avoid the extra calories of a fruit beverage. I think portion control is very important; I’m big on the individual Almond Butter packets that you can get at Whole Foods. Those are great paired with apples. I like to make my own pita chips from whole wheat pita bread. This is a healthy alternative to processed or packaged pita chips that are significantly higher in calories. Lately, I have been big on slicing up sweet potatoes & baking them. As you can see, I like my carbs =).

+ Weekly workout schedule?

AG: Well, I am lucky that I have a job that keeps me active and in shape. I dance everyday with my students & torture myself with their core workouts, plyometrics, & warm-ups. Sometimes that is once a day, but it can also be two or three times in one night. We do a lot of pliés, releves, glute work, & core strengthening as well as ton of stretching. I still like to break a sweat on my own so I alternate my workouts between Pilates, yoga, & hitting the gym where I’ll either focus on cardio or circuits. Recently, I have been big on core workouts [ utilizing the bosu or swiss ball ] and then doing jump roping sets in between. I walk almost everyday with my dog & enjoy the occasional hike. I am not huge on lifting weights. I tend to bulk up/build muscle easily, so workouts like Pilates are perfect.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Fav go-to healthy food?

AG: I eat fresh berries and nonfat Greek yogurt almost everyday for breakfast. I love, love, love quinoa which is a great source of energy for me throughout the day. I am usually eating on the go or in between classes, so you can’t go wrong with fruit or trail mix. I am addicted to the Pineapple Chili trail mix at Whole Foods too.

+ Cocktail of choice?

AG: I am definitely a red wine type of gal [ Pinot Noir or Cab ]… but if I’m going to have a cocktail I have to say a ‘Moscow Mule‘… in an authentic copper cup.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

AG: Haha! That would be having to look at myself in a dance mirror everyday [ just kidding ]! Overall, my motivation is inner health and longevity. Of course I want to look my best, but more importantly, I want to feel my best and be able to teach & stay active. I think it’s important to invest in deep tissue & bodywork as more of a maintenance since I can be hard on my body at times. This summer, I really learned to value my health after contracting a parasite from my travels on the Race. I will never again take for granted the ability to have energy and be able to exercise & feel normal!

+ World’s best beauty product?

AG: Ooh…toughie. It’s a strange tie between Kiehl’s ‘Creme de Corps’ Light-Weight Body Lotion & Vaseline. I have used Vaseline as a cheap makeup remover since I was competing in dance at young age. It takes everything off in one swipe & doesn’t cause breakouts [ << I use this too- so amaze! ].

+ Quick, easy recipe?

AG: Since it’s fall and everyone is crazy about pumpkin anything, I thought I’d pass this recipe along. If you’ve checked out the calories on a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Frappucino, then you’ll be thrilled with this guy…

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Pumpkin and Cream Frappe

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons of pumpkin, canned [ not pumpkin pie ]

1.2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice, ground

1 teaspoon of Stevia

5 ice cubes

2 tablespoons whip cream [ fat free ]

Cinnamon, to taste.

Directions: In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream & desired amount of cinnamon. Each serving is 70 calories & 5 grams of fat!

+ To follow Abbie’s adventure, ‘like’ her on Facebook here.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Mini DeLites: Shopping for a Cause

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, diet blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

[ LF in La Jolla, CA. ]

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, diet blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

[ My bestie, Jackie with her adorbs son, Ford ]

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, diet blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

[ Pura Vida Bracelets: pink for breast cancer awareness <3 ]

Hey, hey!

I was pretty excited when LF [ << a supa cute clothing store ] asked TSConf to help host an event for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation…I mean, shopping for a great cause? Perf!

Some highlights: the complimentary, hot pink bracelets from Pura Vida, the crowd of stylish, sexy babes, & the Rock & Royal makeup bar [ YES. A makeup bar!!! ]. The best part? LF donated 10% of each purchase to the BCRF.

Also, a big TY to my GF’s came out to support the cause!

Happy Monday lovaz- start your week off right with lots of water, vegetables, & fitness. MWAH!

Love.L

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, diet blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

 [ Loving camo everything for fall ]

Lauryn Evarts hosts an event with LF La Jolla for BCRF.

[ Kitsch hair ties ]

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, diet blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

[ Abbie, in a cute lil' knitted leather numba ]

Skinnista of the Month: Model Stassi Schroeder Talks Beauty & Skinny Tips

Lauryn Evarts talks to Dose of Divine writer, Stassi Schroeder about modeling tips and tricks.

Not only is model Stassi Schroeder incredibly beautiful, she’s intelligent too. She writes “Style Diaries by Stassi” for Beverly Hills housewife, Lisa Vanderpump’s online magazine Dose of Divine [ check her out under the fashion and style section ] & she’s super witty. She’s modeled for GQ magazine, Teeki bikinis, & was on the TV show The Amazing Race. We talked all about her rockin’ bod, her all-natural beauty tips, & how she prepares for a bikini shoot:

+ Describe yourself.

A fashion obsessed style writer who is passionate, quick-witted, overdramatic to a fault, driven, outspoken, with a hard outer shell that masks a seriously sensitive core [ a true cancer ]. Pretty much everyone who knows me calls me Princess Stassi [ which says a lot in itself, haha ], but I’m a true Southern girl with lots of southern hospitality.

Lauryn Evarts talks to Dose of Divine writer, Stassi Schroeder about modeling tips and tricks.

+ Quick skinny trick?

I do juices every single day in addition to what I already eat, but when I have to look particularly lean, I cut out the solids and do juices & lots of water for a day. I like to sit in a sauna for a good length of time and sweat everything out. And let’s not forget a good spray tan!

+ If you had to do a bikini shoot in a week, how would you prepare?

No carbs after 5:00 PM for a week, lots of water and cleansing juices. I try to cut out alcohol as much as possible for that week, but of course splurge on a glass of red wine when it’s been a rough day. I also love the detox body wrap spa treatment at Burke Williams.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

I admit I don’t get enough exercise as I should as I’m working very late nights and working on my style column during the daytime. Needless to say, working out is often put on the back burner. I absolutely despise gyms, they feel so unnatural and tend to make me view exercise as a chore, when it should be enjoyed. I prefer hiking, walking my dog, swimming, anything outside.

+ Go-to healthy food?

Juices! I hated them in the beginning, & would force myself to drink them, but now I have gotten so used to them, that I actually enjoy it. I love mixing things like kale, spinach, beets, cucumber, green apples, lemon, & ginger. It gives me so much natural energy and is surprisingly filling. It also keeps my skin insanely clear.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

Honestly, I just want to be healthy and look like the best version of myself.

Lauryn Evarts talks to Dose of Divine writer, Stassi Schroeder about modeling tips and tricks.

+ Favorite beauty product?

Anything by Murad; I have almost the whole line of products! I’ve tried a thousand different facial cleansers, topical creams, or medications from my dermatologist, but my skin literally changed within a week when I started using Murad. I’m normally prone to break outs, but I have not had a single one in months after switching over to the Murad line.

+ Natural beauty remedy?

I love mixing olive oil & sugar as an exfoliator. It makes your skin feel so smooth and the oil is so hydrating and silkening.

+ Secret model tip?

Every person’s physical make up is different, so I don’t believe that there is one universal trick that works for everyone. In terms of diet, exercise, skincare; you have to find what works for you. Don’t get stuck in a rut with the same thing if you’re not 100 percent satisfied with your body or skin. Try new things, it’s the only way to discover what is truly right for your body.

+ Quick, easy recipe:

I’m unfortunately the worst cook ever. For a quick easy snack I always go to turkey and hummus. Oh, & lots of protein!

++ Follow Stassi on Twitter [ @stassischroeder ] for updates on her column on Dose of Divine

Lauryn Evarts talks to Dose of Divine writer, Stassi Schroeder about modeling tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks to Dose of Divine writer, Stassi Schroeder about modeling tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.