Sexy Black Dress 30 Day Challenge

Hey there! It’s Stacy, owner of NYC Adventure Boot Camp. I am really excited to reveal a challenge that I’ve NEVER done before.

The holidays are just around the corner and I have decided to fit into a black dress. But this is no ordinary black dress. I paid for this dress that is a whole size smaller than I would normally wear. Let me call it my ‘ultimate fantasy’ dress size. And now, I’m going to fit into this dress in 30 days and get in the best shape of my life. But I also decided to do something I have never done before. I mean, why should I do this alone? I’m sure there are plenty of us who are dying to look incredible for the Holidays.

So here’s my challenge to you… I want you to think of a sexy black dress that you fantasied about buying. Now I want you to think of your dream dress size. Not just one size smaller but your fantasy dress size. The one you’ve always wanted to fit into. Are you still with me? So here is the hardest part.

I want you to go out and buy this dress TODAY.

Yes do this right now and keep the receipt. Over the next 30 days I’m going to reveal to you the step by step process of how to fit into this dream, fantasy sexy black dress. By the way, if you do everything I say and don’t fit into this dress, it’s very simple.

Just keep the receipt and tell me how much you paid for the dress and I’ll take care of the bill for you.

That’s right I will pay you in cash for the cost of the dress if you don’t fit into it.

You don’t even have to worry about wasting your money because I’m so confident I can get you into this dress. And by the way I’ve NEVER done anything like this before.  It’s the first time in my life that I’ve taken on such a big challenge. But you know, I’m pretty confident I can get you there. And here’s how I know why…

A few years ago, after doing a photo shoot for fitness boxing and not being happy with my body in the pictures, I was struggling to find a plan that got me in the BEST shape of my life for the next fitness shoot which was happening 3 weeks later.

So I got to work and slimmed down my body using a very specific eating plan and workout formula. And I recorded everything I did. I wrote down what I ate and the workouts I did every day, some super-secret ways for slimming down fast to actually lose the weight and the results were outstanding. I was thrilled with the progress!

Now, every time I put on some extra weight or I have a beach vacation coming up, a reunion or a family engagement I go back to what I did in those 3 weeks and it’s never let me down. And you know what; it’s never going to let YOU down either.

It is my secret get-into-sexy-shape-plan that’s always worked for me.

So now, I’ve created a 30 day ‘Black Dress Project’. It’s only for a handful of ladies, 40 of us total and we are going to do it as a team. At the end of 30 days, here’s what’s going to happen. We are going to celebrate and have a MAJOR party together. You will wear your sexy dream dress and we will have a professional photo shoot and VIP Champagne celebration!!!

So imagine this. You’re going to have pictures of yourself in your favorite sexy dress and your body’s going to be lean and in shape just before the holidays come around.  

Last thing, here’s one thing I can promise you. Everyone that sees you wearing this dress will ask you 1 question: How did you fit into that dress you look AMAZING.

This is the ultimate reward!!

Here’s exactly what to do if you want to be part of the Secret Black Dress Project

3 STEPS:

1. Sign Up for the Challenge

2. Go out and Buy Your Dress in the Size you Want to Wear ASAP

3. Email Me 2 Before Photos to stacy@nycadventurebootcamp.com

– 1 In Your Black Dress

– 1 In Your Sports Bra and Pants/Shorts

***AGAIN, I can ONLY TAKE 40 Ladies Total so if you want to be one of these lucky women; you need to Sign up ASAP. ***

Here’s how we will get you into your ultimate fantasy dress:

Eating Plan to lose excess body fat, here’s how it works:

Before the challenge starts, we will NEED to create an eating schedule for you and mentally prepare for success. I will send you all the info on what you need to do and what you need to have on hand to get this done ahead of time.

Every week on a Friday, I’m going to email you a step by step guide of what to eat for the next week ahead, so you will have time over the weekend to prepare. I’m going to give you a grocery list and special weekly preparation guide to do this with ease.

All you have to do is follow it to the T. That will take away the risk of you eating anything that is not on the list and not following the exact plan as it’s laid out.

Exercise to get your body lean, strong and sexy. Here’s how it works: Myself and the NYC Adventure Boot Camp Fitness Team are going to deliver the EXACT full body workouts I used to get into fitness model ready shape.  And all the workouts I’m doing now to get into my fantasy dress.

I have to get your body losing inches and feeling more energized in record time. For the exercise part, you MUST plan to commit to the following ‘SEXY BLACK DRESS’ Workout Program:

1) 3 Full Body Strength/ Cardio Sessions per week

*** Boot Camp Happy Hour 5:30AM

2) At home workouts twice a week.

You are never going to fail.

**Again, because I want you to have the BEST experience possible, I room for 30 ladies in total.

If you want to be one of the lucky 40 I need you to sign up and get your dress ASAP. We start Monday November 4th.

Remember, Here’s EXACTLY WHAT TO DO if you want to be a part of this Secret ‘Black Dress’ Project – 3 STEPS:

  1. EMAIL to Sign up for the Challenge
  2. Go out and BUY your DRESS in the size you want to wear ASAP
  3. Email me 2 BEFORE Photos to stacy@nycadventurebootcamp.com

– 1 Before Photo in your black dress

– 1 Before photo in your sports bra

If you follow our Step By Step, Secret Black Dress Project it’s laid out and Do Not fit into your NEW Dress, just give me your receipt and I will personally PAY for your DRESS in CASH…

That is My Sexy BLACK DRESS GUARANTEE!

1. New Clients – Now $279 through 11:59pm Sunday, Oct. 27

2. Existing Clients – (currently enrolled) Now $247 through 11:59pm Sunday, Oct. 27

3. On-line Clients – Now $147 through 11:59pm Sunday, Oct. 27

OR CALL 917-822-3440 for MORE INFORMATION!

I can’t wait to see how you look and feel at the end of this! You are going to LOVE your NEW Body!

See you soon!

Stacy Papakostas

P.S. Sign up now for this RISK FREE get-into-my-sexiest-black-dress-NOW program.

P.P.S. Remember we will buy your dress from you if it does NOT fit at the end!

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What Are Trans Fats?

Everywhere you look these days labels and commercials shout the absence of trans fats in our favorite foods. You ask yourself what are trans fat? Trans fats are made by a chemical process called partial hydrogenation where liquid vegetable oil is packed with hydrogen atoms and converted into a solid fat. Unlike saturated fats which occurs naturally in many foods, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats and trans fats are largely artificial and ideal fats for the food industry to work with because of its high melting point, its creamy, smooth texture and its re-usability in deep-fat frying.

The food industry capitalizes on the unique characteristics of trans fats to serve a variety of purposes in many different foods. Partially hydrogenated fats, or trans fats, extend the shelf life of food. They also add a certain pleasing mouth-feel to all manner of processed foods. Think of buttery crackers, popcorn, crispy fries, fish sticks, creamy frosting and pastries; all these foods owe those qualities to trans fats. In the past, hydrogenated fats were seen as a healthier alternative to saturated fats: using stick margarine was deemed better for you than using butter, yet numerous studies now conclude the opposite.

Several prominent studies indicate that trans fats and hydrogenated oils induce many negative side effects, and due to their prevalence in a variety of food items these effects are magnified for persons with unhealthy diets. People with large quantities of trans fat and hydrogenated oils in their diets have been consistently shown to be at greater risk for heart disease, clogged arteries, high triglyceride levels in the blood, and high LDL (bad) cholesterol. Also some studies suggest diabetes and some types of cancer may be triggered by trans fats as well.

Food manufacturers tried to reduce or remove trans fats in time for the January 2006 labeling deadline, when trans fats had to be listed on nutrition facts labels. America’s burger chain, Wendy’s, was among the first of the big fast-food chains to change. New York City’s Board of Health voted unanimously in December 2006 to ban trans fats in all its 24,000 restaurants, from high-end eateries to fast-food joints, becoming the first city in the United States to impose such a ban. Restaurants were banned from using most oils containing artificial trans fats by July 2007, and eliminate them from all its foods by July 2008. Currently, food manufacturers are required to state the number of grams of trans fats per serving. The new labeling requirement make identifying the amount of trans fat in foods easier for the consumer and eliminates the guess work that was once involved when adding trans fat in its various forms as partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated ingredients.

There are several steps you can take to avoid trans fats in your diet. Avoid fast food and commercial baked goods, as these often contain hidden trans fats, but most importantly, read food labels. The FDA requires packaged foods to disclose the amount of trans fats in food products. So how do you know how much is too much? The FDA recommends that a healthy adult consume no more than 10% of saturated fat and no more than 35% total fat intake of your total calorie intake. Look out for the words “shortening”, “hydrogenated” and “partially hydrogenated oil”, as these indicate hidden trans fats. Labels can say “0 grams of Trans Fat” even if partially hydrogenated fats are listed in the ingredients as long as a serving size contains less than 0.5g of trans fats. The catch is that all those fractions of a gram can add up if you eat more than a single serving. In an age where obesity related diseases are the greatest killers of the American public, it is vital that every person be knowledgeable of what they put into their body, to increase your knowledge about nutrition please visit

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp  please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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 U.S National Institutes of Health. (2010). Retrieved on August 10, 2010 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dietaryfats.html

Exercising In the Colder Months

 It’s true that most of us have a harder time finding the motivation within us to workout in the colder winter months. Though it’s much easier to get in a workout when it’s light out and warm, you can get in some great workouts in the winter as well. It may not be as easy but if you are committed then you must stay motivated even when it’s cold and you just want to cuddle under the covers. So in your quest to stay fit year round, here are a couple of tips that can make that much easier.

Get Into a Routine and Stick With It

In the cold winter months when you would much rather be at home under a blanket, it helps to create a routine. It’s not enough just to set up a routine with some structure as you must also stick with it for the long term. For example schedule your workouts like any other appointment at 5:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

If you value your time after work too much then set your alarm and get into a pattern of hitting the gym early before the craziness of the day sets in. If you incorporate some workouts at home then schedule these as any other workout and avoid any distractions. Treat these workout sessions as an important appointment and adapt to this philosophy. Though the elements may not be in your favor outside, if you can create a well founded routine then you will be used to it and stick with it even in the dead of winter.

Routine means everything, particularly when you have a hard time staying motivated. After awhile this routine will be a part of your week and you won’t even give it a second thought. Remember they say that it takes three weeks to develop a habit and so you need to keep with it until that happens and workouts are just a part of your life.

Find Creative Ways of Working Out

It’s much easier in the warmer months to get outside and get in a run without much thought. There’s nothing to say that you can’t get outside in the colder months, it’s just that you have to bundle up a bit more. You may also find that getting creative with your workouts can really help to ensure that you are motivated and stick with them.

Sign up for a class if you have never done one before or try something entirely new. Always wanted to try fitness boxing? Then sign up for a class and knowing that you have that on the calendar will make you much more committed. Try working out at home more but get several DVDs that will make for a unique twist that keeps your interest.

If you love swimming then take advantage of a community center or local gym that offers an indoor pool. You can still do laps in the winter, but just take it indoors. Join an indoor soccer league or even a running club that you can use as a creative outlet for your energy and for a great way of staying fit even in the colder months.

Stay Motivated and Remember What It’s All About

The hardest part of working out in the winter is to actually stay motivated. If you suffer from this syndrome then find out what it will take to keep your inner motivation alive and well. This can be a great time to enlist the help of a friend or family member that you can trust as a workout buddy may be just what you need to keep you going when it’s cold outside.

You may find that posting your fitness goals where they are visible can really help to keep you motivated. This can be in the form of written goals or perhaps a picture of what you want to look like in a bathing suit. Find quotes that help to keep you on track and to force you to get out of bed even when it’s the last thing you want to do. Where there’s a will there’s a way! You can’t give up on your workouts no matter what the weather is like outside. We all have different ways of getting motivated so get in tune with yours and you are far more likely to stay fit year round.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp or fitness boxing classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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Eating Right Using Color as Your Guide

 

We hear it all the time that we need to eat better. For some of us that’s a challenge as we already feel as though we are pretty healthy eaters. No matter what your starting point is, there are always ways to improve. Though it’s important for everyone, women in particular need to focus special attention the ways in which they eat. They are more prone to certain health conditions and can use proper nutrition to help them prevent disease down the road. That being said, your healthy options may be all in what colors of food you are choosing.

Try Color Groups Too

There is much in the news about proper nutrition. We understand that to eat right you need to choose the right food options from each of the food groups. We learned about the food pyramid early on in our lives and chances are that we go to great lengths to ensure that we are making the right choices from each of them. Have you ever considered making the right choices from the color groups though? The latest news is that the more colorful the food the better. This doesn’t apply to foods that are enhanced with food dye, but rather in including plenty of fruits and vegetables with deep rich hues.

When you choose options that are rich in color you are giving yourself some important nutrients. Experts say that the richer the hue, the more nutrients contained within that fruit or vegetable. When you go for very colorful options you are getting powerful antioxidants, vitamins such as Vitamins C and E, and even minerals in the process. We look to food to fuel us but we should also be gaining some nutrients that can help us in the bigger picture of our health.

Like the Sight of What You Eat

Try choosing foods from each color group such as blueberries (Blue), tomatoes (Red), yellow peppers (Yellow), carrots (Orange), kiwi (Green), and even white nectarines (White). You can have fun with working towards proper nutrition in this way. Since they say we eat with our eyes before we ever take a bite, we are able to really focus in on and enjoy the vibrant colors before us. This will not only make the food more inviting, but also ensure that we choose the foods that are better for us by nature.

This is a different way of eating but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Just try incorporating one colorful fruit or vegetable into every meal. Start small and then build up, you will likely find that you get creative with it and mix in new options or make big salads with various offerings. This can be a fun way to eat and a nutritionally rich one too! Rather than opening up a bag of chips or a box of crackers, you will eat what your eyes enjoy the sight of. So you are eating fewer calories and enjoying more food—it just so happens to be good for your health too! So if you need a change up in your diet, try some colorful eating and see how much better you feel.

If you have any questions regarding nutrition, contact Stacy Papakostas at NYC Adventure Boot Camp.

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Tips for making healthy fast food decisions

It’s important to learn how to make more health-conscious choices when eating out, especially at fast food restaurants. Yes, it is possible to eat fast food and keep it healthy as long as you take the time to check the nutritional content of all your favorite fast food meals. This is especially important if you have a specific dietary concern, like diabetes, health problems or are trying to lose weight.

By going into a fast food restaurant unprepared, you risk giving into temptation and making unhealthy food choices. Making common-sense and health-conscious decisions can go a long way. For instance, did you know that a salad (yes, a salad) can be very bad for someone trying to maintain a low fat diet if it’s smothered in high-fat dressings. Somehow, we look at the salad and think, “I can’t go wrong with all of these fresh vegetables!”, but then you go and add all those toppings; fried meats, fatty sauces, and so on and so forth. You have to make sure that your toppings are grilled and light, otherwise, your salad is no better than that double cheeseburger!

Another important consideration is your serving size. Be sure to not keep eating just because the food your ordered is more than you anticipated. Rather, pack some of it up and save it for later or the next day or order smaller portions next time.

Quick tips for healthy eating at fast food restaurants
As much as we try and say we’ll never step foot into a fast food restaurant, with our busy lifestyles, sometimes it’s inevitable. Follow the tips below and you’ll never have to worry about going into a fast food restaurant ever again!

  • Be careful with your decisions when choosing food from the menu. Don’t just order something because the picture looks tasty, but pay attention to what’s written under or beside the picture—what it is you’re actually eating. So, what sort of dishes should you make an effort to avoid? Any food with the words: “deep-fried”, “pan-fried”, “creamy”, “batter-dipped”, “scalloped”, “breaded” – can you see a pattern in the type of foods you should be avoiding? All of these foods are very high in calories and contain a lot of unhealthy fats and sodium. When picking your meal, opt for meals that contain more vegetables and stick to the leaner meats.
  • Eliminate sodas from your diet completely. You have no idea how many calories are jam-packed in your soda (actually, some people do and they still drink soda with their meals!). Did you know that a seemingly innocent 32 ounce cup of cola is packed with more than 425 calories!? That’s approximately one quarter of your daily calorie intake. Still want a drink with your meal? There’s nothing better than regular H2O, but if you’re looking for something a little tastier, add some lemon with your water or order unsweetened ice tea.
  • Avoid those dressings! Even though a salad may appear to be your healthiest choice, even that can be cleverly packed with calories and other unhealthy fats with fatty dressings and fried toppings. While a grilled chicken sandwich seems like a healthy choice, pack it with two spoonfuls of mayonnaise and you have yourself a bad and unhealthy choice. Better condiment choices would be ketchup or mustard, but you still want to control how much goes into your sandwich. Remember, too much of anything is unhealthy.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to ask for special orders. For instance, if the grilled chicken sandwich you ordered comes with mayonnaise, and a large handful of French fries, you can always tell them that you don’t want mayonnaise with your sandwich and you want to replace the French fried with a salad.  Go one step further and instead of those unhealthy dressings, ask for olive oil and vinegar in your salad instead. If the dish you chose is usually prepared in a lot of oil or butter, steam or broil the food instead.
  • Pay attention to the portion of your dish! On average, a single fast food dish can contain anywhere from 1000 calories and up so it’s important that you don’t choose a meal that is too large. Instead of opting for fries, go with a salad and keep all your portions small or medium—that means no large or double portions! If the meal is large enough for two, share a dish with someone else, whether it’s your colleague at work or your husband; or let the restaurant pack half the food and take it with you for later.
  • Fast food is generally already high in sodium so pay attention to how much salt you eat. Salt is one of the main factors that cause high blood pressure among other health issues. Don’t make things worse by adding even more salt to your food.
  • As tempting as they are, try to stay away from buffets. While buffets seem like a cheap way to eat a lot, in the end, you’re eating more calories than you should/need. Buffets encourage us to eat more than we would usually—so if you do end up going to a buffet, choose foods that aren’t drained in dressings, pick boiled and steamed over fried. And most importantly, don’t go back to the buffet for seconds—of course, this is the whole point of going to a buffet, so at least wait for 15 to 20 minutes before going for seconds to make sure that you’re really hungry.
  • Take it slowly. So many people swallow down their food without chewing it properly. Never rush your food. This will also help you to pay attention to the food you eat so that you can stop eating the moment you feel full.

Finally, think of eating out as a treat. If you know that you’re going to be eating out, prepare in advance and eat light the day before (and after). Even though moderation is the key, planning ahead of time and making health-conscious decisions regarding the food you order can go a long way to help you maintain your health and keep your calorie count under check.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all women boot camp or fitness boxing classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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