Eating right hasn’t been my only secret to staying healthy and fit.

After 40 it is a known fact that your metabolism slows down. So I have had to become more active and really work hard to keep my body in shape.

I used to think cardio was enough until I met the most amazing trainer Gaby Boterashvili from Infinity Body!

He gets your heart rate up and down which has been proven to provide results and it has truly helped both Mario and I.

Here’s a glimpse into a typical work out routine that I do with my trainer Gaby:

1. 3 sets of 30 deep squats. The trick to this move is to squeeze your butt on the way up. Trust me it works!

2. I then have to do sprints for 1 minute, running back and forth.

3. Free weights – 7.5 lbs. Ladies, it definitely helps to use weights for toning.

3 sets of 20 bicep curls

3 sets of 20 arm raises

3 sets of 20 overhead pulls

4. 3 set os 20 butt raises

5. No one likes push ups but they are really great for your body! – I do 3 sets of 20 push ups (they can be done on your knees)

6. 3 planks 1 minute each

7. 3 sets of 20 crunches:

Because I have a bad lower back…Gaby has me do my crunches like this:

Lay on the ground

puts hands/ fingers on your forehead

Bring knees to chest

Then bring elbows to knees

So are you ready for your new body??? 🙂

I know its hard but as women the earlier you can start is this easier it will be to maintain as you get older.

All the best,

Ramona xo

PS. – I hope you enjoy my impromptu demonstration pics!!

Since the airing of my trip to St. Johns on the Real Housewives of NY , I have received amazing comments on how great I look and tons of inquiries as to what I do to keep my body looking healthy and fit.

So I figured it would be a great idea to share with you all a few key tips that I have followed over the years.

My Tips for A Healthy and Fit Body


1. Fist and most important – you are what you eat!

I feel that in order to stay consistently healthy and at your ideal weight, one must eat healthy as a way of life. I never dieted because diets only offer temporary results.

Breakfast

Oatmeal with Blueberries – This is such a great way to start the day. Not only does it fill you up but its also healthy! The oatmeal provides your body with fiber and the blueberries are rich in antioxidants which help to support the immune system. I also have 1 large mug or 2 cups of green tea both at breakfast and at dinner time. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to promote a healthy body.

2nd Option – 1 Egg, 1 slice whole wheat toast and a side of fresh fruit. For fresh fruit I always have blueberries and strawberries.

Runing late –  if i’m in a mad rush…I still try to eat healthy by adding blueberries to Raisin Bran Cereal or yogurt with sliced banana and berries.

Lunch

Lunch for me is always a salad with mixed greens. The greener the leaf the better (spinach is really the best).

1st Option – Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken or fish. I always try to have at most, 4-5 oz. of protein with my salads.

Snack

When I snack, I never snack on chips or anything junky. I try to have low fat yogurt, my favorite being Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt. Its only around 100 calories, it has zero grams of fat and plus it tastes great!

Dinner

I believe dinner should be 3/4 vegetables and 1/4 protein.

1st – I always begin with a salad or at a restaurant if I don’t want to start with a salad, i’ll pick a vegetable appetizer or tuna tartar

2nd – I always have steamed vegetables as well. Asparagus, string beans, broccoli etc.

3rd.  For proteitn – Grilled fish/chicken/ pork or turkey. I only have red meat about 4 times a month.

Ive found that the key with Protein is small portions. I also try my best not to have any carbs at dinner and we only cook with olive oil (no butter).

I also always have wine with dinner. Its been proven that 1 or 2 glasses of wine with a meal is very healthy and its a lot better than drinking vodka or tequila.

Dessert

If I do dessert, and I try to stay away from it but if I have to :), I have low fat frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit. My favorite brand is Turkey Hill Vanilla bean…it tastes just like ice cream! and if at a restaurant, I’ll just take 2 bites from my husband’s plate. After all, we all need something sweet sometimes.

My one decadent indulgence its when its that time of month, I stop at Crumbs Bakery and get their mini vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing and a hazelnut coffee.

I hope these tips work for you and I will will follow up with my work out regime soon.


All the best,

Ramona xo

Mario’s Vows…

June 4, 2010

Last night I got choked up all over again watching Mario and I renew our vows on the RHONYC.

I truly do love him more today than the day I married him.

Below are the vows he reaffirmed to me at our beautiful ceremony.  I had to share it with the world as they mean so much to me!


Ramona,

Probably the biggest decision one will ever make is the person to spend the rest of your life with. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you know if you’ve made the right choice. I was fortunate to have known very early that I had made the right decision. My mom had suffered a stroke and she would need care for the rest of her life. Since Dad had already passed away I asked you if it was alright if my mom could live with us in our home in Southampton. Not only did you take her in but you embraced her with love and kindness like she was your own mother. That is when I knew I had made the right decision. I had absolutely chosen the women I would spend the rest of my life with. After 17 years of marriage you have been at my side through everything that life has thrown at us, both good and bad. You have been a steady rock in times of trouble had a ray of sunshine when I could not see the light. You have applauded my achievements and comforted me in my setbacks. You have given me the most wonderful daughter a father could ever have. For all of this I am blessed and so I reaffirm my vows that I said so long ago. Ramona, I will love and honor you through good times and bad for better or worse in sickness and in health until death do us part. May God continue to bless our marriage.

After 18 years he still knows how to take my breath away. I am so blessed to be married to the love of my life!

xo,

Ramona.

Photos courtesy of Rob Rich.