OMG, ok so do you guys remember Teen Mom? I watched it as if I was like birthing the baby ( lamaze pregnancy breaths & all ) with Amber & rolled my eyes at Farrah practically every second (<< brat! ).
Do you remember Dalis?
I sure do.
One rowdy Friday night I was watching the show & saw that Ryan ( Maci’s ex, duh ) had a new girlfriend. Immediately I was curious. She was fit, bubbly, & super pretty. Naturally I went straight to Twitter to find her & we became Twitter friends & the rest is history, so new age right.
Anyway, after watching Dalis’ Instagram I was so impressed with her fitness life that I couldn’t NOT interview. So here you go, meet Dalis ( p.s. die for her tea tree oil tip below, so doing that ):
| Tell us about yourself |:
Dalis Connell: I’m originally from Ventura, California but moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee my junior year of high school. I graduated from Tennessee Tech University this past December ( 2014 ) with my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, where I also had a track & field scholarship all four years.
I signed with a modeling agency this past November so I am currently doing a mixture of print modeling, film, & promotional modeling. I’m also a personal trainer at a local gym!
As far as modeling, I can’t talk about things that haven’t come out yet but a few things that recently have come out are my feature in The Lacs Music Video “God Bless a Country Girl”, modeling in the look book for Ahimsa Clothing & a feature on Arsenic Mag.
| Quick skinny tips or tricks? |
DC: Drinking a lot of water is SO important for reducing belly bloating ( although many people think otherwise ). Try not to eat carbs/sugar after 3 or 4 PM. Workout at least five times a week for 30 minutes. Do not be afraid of carbs! Try to limit and/or eliminate fast food, it really is horrible for you.
| Weekly workout schedule? |
DC: It varies. As of right now I am trying to put on lean muscle mass so I do not do much cardio, except for walking. Normally, I work out two body parts a day early in the morning.
| Favorite go-to healthy food? |
DC: My favorite actual meal would be salads. They are so easy and fast to prepare. You can always make different kinds of salads with different veggies and fruit each time to mix it up. My favorite go-to healthy snack would by far be pineapple! After pineapple I would have to go with almonds or walnuts.
| Cocktail of choice? |
I don’t drink often but when I do my drink of choice is wine. A glass of wine a couple times a week actually has many health benefits, unless someone already has an existing condition where alcohol makes it worse. So do not feel guilty drinking ONE glass of wine. After one glass, it can become unhealthy.
DC: Hit snooze at least 4 times. Then I drink a full Dasani water bottle. You wake up so dehydrated and do not even know it! Drinking water right when you wake up is so important and can also make you have more energy.
I’m really weird about bed bugs, head lice, etc so I carry the tea tree oil and water mixture so if I am staying in a hotel or getting on a flight, I spray the bed or seat down, along with a few spurts in my hair. Apparently some bugs hate the smell of tea tree oil and won’t get near anything that has that smell. Call me weird but so far it has worked! I won’t take any chances, haha!
Since you guys are so rad, I’m giving away TSC Guide to ANOTHER TWENTY bloggers who are interested in doing a review. SO on that little note, leave your first/last name, blog name, & e-mail below & I’ll pick the next 20 next week ( I’ll also share your reviews on my social channels ; ) ).
Ok here ya go:
• Explain the fitness section:
The fitness section is a full, 28-week program, divided into two sections and targeted workout plans to hone in on specific areas of your body or fitness you want to work on.
Phase one is meant to take a user from beginner stage to intermediate stage.
Phase 2 will take a user from intermediate to advanced.
The workouts use body weight resistance, and get progressively more intense, so even if you already work out we recommend starting with Phase 1 and moving on to Phase 2. Both of these include stretching techniques too.
• Explain the nutrition section:
Currently the nutrition section provides healthy recipes ( constantly updated ), cleanses, a nutrition guide, and a 7 day eating plan.
Our team is working on delivering a 3-month nutrition & monthly eating plan to accompany the fitness guides ( plus a grocery list & video of workouts & food prep ).
Our goal is to create an all over lifestyle change, something that you can stick to without feeling like you are sacrificing the things you love. This is NOT a diet.
• Explain how the subscription part works:
The subscription is your portal to The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide. It provides monthly fitness and nutrition programs, targeted workouts, meal programs, healthy recipes, healthy cleanse recipes, & a community forum to discuss anything and everything ( hey, hey I’ll be live on the discussion forum too! ).
New content will be provided every month. You can unsubscribe at any time, no questions asked. Easy, peasy.
• What will the monthly updates consist of?
The monthly updates consist of new targeted workouts, recipes. In the coming months we are going to be releasing a 3-month eating plan that will accompany the fitness plans, & will be available to all existing members of the subscription program at no additional charge.
The targeted workouts are one month workouts that are designed to target specific areas of your body, or goals. For example, currently we have workouts to target your full body, core, back, lower body, upper body, and endurance.
We pay attention to what you guys want, and will create workouts to help you target whatever you want to work on! So suggestions are welcome!
• Explain the different phases ( i.e. Phase 1 and 2 )?
Think of it like building blocks. We want you to look and feel your best. But that takes time and effort.
Phase 1 is a 14 week program to get you moving, build your endurance and strength.
Phase 2 continues down that path as well as getting you toned through a progressively more intense training. It is designed so that you can decide how much resistance you want to apply so that as your body becomes stronger and more toned, you can maintain or increase the workload safely.
• Can I order if I don’t live in the USA?
Yes, currently our processing allows us to distribute in the US, CA, AU, NZ, and UK. We’re working to expand into more and more countries so we can impact lives worldwide. Where would you guys like to see the guide expanded to?
• Can I use PayPal?
YES! It’s coming: PayPal will be a payment option this week.
• Tell us about the up and coming meal plans?
We’ll be creating 3 month meal plans that will explain how to eat to reach your specific goals— weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain.
Everyone has different goals, & we want to make sure we can guide you right to help achieve them all.
• Will you offer a gluten-free plan?
There are so many specific needs— vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. – so our goal is to create a general eating plan first, and then start creating additional plans to help meet specific needs. Please leave any suggestions below.
• What if I’m pregnant or have health issues?
Then please consult your doctor before beginning the program! Especially the cleanse.
• Why did it show up as $59.99 instead of $49.99?
Phase 1 and Phase 2, individually, are $59.99 each. With the coupon code TSCHEARTSYOU we are giving you an immediate $10 discount to $49.99.
The bundle – Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined – is $89.99, giving an immediate $30 discount for buying both plans at once.
Using the coupon code TSCHEARTSYOU at checkout will give another $10 off to $79.99. This code wont last forever, so use it while it’s live!
• How do I access the guide when I want to work out? Tips?
Right now you can download the guide and print out, or access through the PDF reader on your phone. Within the coming months we will be launching an iphone and android app to help you better move through the program.
Also, videos of each move are on its way. Yay!
• When will the meal plans be out?
Within the next 2-3 months. We will be releasing the progressively, so that we cover all the different and special needs (vegan, vegetarian, etc). Existing members will receive these at no additional charge.
• I want to see more!
Follow our specific Instagram account ( under the handle: @tscbombshellbody ), which will be a place to share more recipes, fitness, & wellness updates.
Also, I will be sharing a day workout sample in the next two weeks on the blog.
• What’s your experience with the guide?
I will share my experience next week & how my body has transformed. Also check out this video for a sneak peek.
• Who’s Jaime?
I’ve been working with celebrity trainer, Jamie McFaden ( an interview to come on Miss Jamie!! She worked with Jillian Michaels’ for years & knows her shit when it comes to wellness ) for the past seven months to bring you all my favorite fitness moves/foods in one bundle. ALSO!! NBD, she was named one of the 50 hottest trainers in America by Shape Magazine (!!!). She’s helped me to make sure everything is legit & ready for you guys.
• I am having trouble at check out, who can I contact?
We have our support team ready to help. Generally we can respond to inquiries within the hour, but some issues might take a couple hours to address. In the menu there is a dropdown labeled “Support” and a “Contact Us” menu item. This will take you to a form to reach out to us directly with any issues you might have. We’re here to help!
Major realness: I get a lot of emails. Like, a lot, a lot. I’m not complaining— I LOVE hearing from you guys!! Such a fun way to connect. As much as I would LOVE to answer each one, it’s just not happening lately. So if you have a question about ANYTHING ask me on Instagram in the comment section ( of any picture ) & I’ll do a YouTube Q & A where I give you a shout out & read your question. Fun right?! A personalized answer on YouTube is better than an e-mail anyways.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in purchasing the guide & have any questions: leave them below or e-mail BOMBSHELLBODY@theskinnyconfidential.com. Remember if you order, use code TSCHEARTSYOU for $10 off.
Ok, I’m off to start week 14!! Eek!! & uhmm, sooo sore from Tuesday’s workout!! OMG, wish me luck, lauryn xx
If I had to describe my PERFECT workout wear it would 100% be Zella.
Oh yes, & I have serious reasons for my Zella obsession:
1. it fits my body better than any other activewear line ( they’re true to size ).
2. it’s priced right.
3. it’s cute without being douchy ( sorry to a lot of brands: some of your workout wear is well, douchey…I don’t want to look like Zoolander sweating, thanks ).
4. their leggings having lasted me two years & are still in great condition ( plus they wash well ). They aren’t see through AND they’re reversible!!
When I’m having a fat, fluffy day ( we all have them ), I throw on my Zella black leggings and INSTANTLY feel better. They hold ya in in all the right places & well, they’re SO DAMN SLIMMING, MAN. Plus during the colder seasons they really hold in my winter coat ( aka that cute layer of too much pumpkin roll ).
Oh ya, & they’re $52 dollars.
So there’s that.
They’re comfortable too, guys. I can do the splits- Kyle Richard’s style, organize my closet, go for a walk, practice yoga, ice skate, clean the kitchen, work on the computer, &/or run a F-ing, casual marathon run with these babies.
Serious realness: if you ever get one thing out of TSC, get Zellas.
Bible, they’re THAT good.
Ok, ok so the top. Recently I found this baby pink top that’s totally to dieeee for. It’s off the shoulder ( you know how I do ), lightweight, & again, slimming in all the right places ( p.s. I bought a size up because I like it baggy, homeless chic ).
Anyway, I’m very happy about this outfit, seriously though, I’ll probably live in ( you see what I did there? They’re called the Live In Legging, GET IT?! HA ) these for the next five days.
Let’s hope no one will notice…?
Anyone else have black legging recommendations that they live & die for?
( By the way, this get-up was worn during/after my 27 minute TSC Bombshell Body Guide workout. Since doing the workout plan I’ve lost inches & have TONS more energy— I’ve been doing them religiously for about 13-ish weeks ).
Here’s the deal: I’ve been working with celebrity trainer, Jamie McFaden ( an interview to come on Miss Jamie!! She worked with Jillian Michaels’ for years & knows her shit when it comes to wellness ) for the past seven months to bring you all my favorite fitness moves/foods in one bundle. ALSO!! NBD, she was named one of the 50 hottest trainers in America by Shape Magazine (!!!).
There will be an online community that comes with TSC Bombshell Body plan where I’m like your virtual trainer connecting with you via a TSC chat room. You can ask any questions, share opinions, or even exchange recipes tips/tricks with other members. Basically a Skinny Confidential community, fun right?!
♡ For the workout section:
These are 27 minute workouts, three days a week, that are quick & will tone you up FAST. They’re all workouts that can be done at home or in a hotel. My life is go, go, go so I totally get not having time to go to a gym. You need 5 pound weights ( I found these on Amazon for $16 bucks ) & a bench or some kind of chair. I also share my favorite stretches ( it’s sooooo important to stretch! ). You can see me do each move via pictures so it’s clear & easy to understand. Videos to come!
♡ For the nutrition section:
This section will be my favorite recipes ( including TONS I haven’t shared on the blog or in TSC Book ). These are everyday recipes that don’t require a ton of time or expensive ingredients. No one has time to casually whip up dover sole with a side of leeks, beets, & broccolini. This part of the plan will provide you with a quick guideline that makes eating fun & easy. Also, I shared my boozy tips & a couple of my favorite cocktail recipes. I know, weird. But hey, I’m all about balance so if you’re going to have a cocktail at least drink smart.
What’s going on behind the scenes? Wellllllll, Jaime & I are currently working on building another element to the guide: a full month’s plan of EXACTLY what I eat/drink. I feel like a lot of you have asked for specifics so I have been recording exactly what I eat for the last three months. Also, there’s an app to come too.
This part should be out within the next three months, so stay tuned.
We’re going to develop eating plans for vegans/vegetarians/meat eaters/gluten-free babes too. So basically? I gotcha covered.
The cost for the plan is $89.99 for the full nutrition & fitness package ( if you want to purchase them individually, they’re $49.99 each ). & I’m offering TSC readers $10 off their first month because you guys kick ass. Just use the code TSCHEARTSYOU at checkout. Also, the first 20 people to sign up get a signed, personalized copy of The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide.
Why am I charging? Because there’s a lotttt of out of pocket expenses to run the program behind the scenes…& honestly, I’m literally charging the bare minimum. I have to cover specific costs of running the separate web portal, hiring a team, video/photos/etc., graphic design, & time/labor. Plus, there’s been a team of people working on this for a full year & collectively we’ve spent like, six million hours ( or it feels like six million hours? ) on this project.
I am giving away 10 free plans to bloggers. If you’re a blogger, check out this post for details ( don’t forget to leave your e-mail & blog name in the comment section on the post too! ).
Quick note: I poured my heart & soul into this project so I really hope you like it!! It’s important to me that you guys LOVE it!! If you have any suggestions or things you want to see, please e-mail me at Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com.
Ok, so do you guys have questions? I’ll answer them all below, if so! GO!
You can check out the whole shebang here. Excited to create a virtual fitness/health community with you guys!! EEK!
The Skinny Confidential Fitness/Nutrition Plan is ALMOST here! I”m so, so excited because I’ve been pouring myself into this project & I can’t wait to share!!
So today I’m doing a little teasie-poo. These are some of my favourite workouts from the plan for very specific reasons, which I’ll explain in a sec.
All of these workouts are focused on giving you an extra energy boost & stimulating circulation…because who doesn’t like ENERGY? If you’re anything like me, you need your energy like you need your air. These 3 workouts will boost & lift your mood, your energy, and your ass.
Ok, so here are the reasons why I like each of these exercises:
Tricep Dips: yes they’re easy & simple BUTTTTTT I swear by them for the backs of my arms. True Story: I used to have bat wings. You know that stuff that flaps in the wind when you wave goodbye? Ya. Anyway, tricep dips tighten those wings RIGHT UP. Thank god. This is my go-to when I want a quick energy boost.
Side Lunges: again guys, I’m old fashioned. None of this hanging from the ceiling with a band kind of shit. Side unless are INSANE for the sides of your legs/butt. You know those inward curves we all want on our butt? Those are from side lunges. Obsessed with good, ole side lunges.
Front Lunges: I guess I’m a lunge fan in general? I don’t know, I just like what lunging does to my legs I guess. I notice that they give me muscles in all the right places without looking too bulky. Lunges are a great, quick way to tighten up & give you a quick kick in the ass AKA energy boost.
Other ways to boost your energy? Walk the dog, dry brush (!!!!!), drink tea ( I’ve been OBSESSED with tea since I’ve been in Asia…especially peppermint ), ride a bike, take care of your skin ( I’ve been loving Garnier’s Miracle Lift because it tightens my skin & give it life ), read a positive book ( loving this one ), go for a lymphatic drainage massage ( more on this later ), or have a glass of champagne ( I kid, I kid ).
ARE YOU GUYS excited for more TSC workouts/stretches/food tips?? I hope so!! I promise it’s ALMOST here!!! More meets to come.
Also, I’ll be giving ten bloggers a full, free plan to test out for a blog review. If you’re interested, leave your name & blog below & I’ll randomly pick ten blogger babes :-).