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What Did We Learn this Month? @SELFmagazine October Issue with @lucyhale on the Cover #sweatpink 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 SELF: October 2013

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

 

For those of you keeping score, I “broke up” with SELF magazine a few months ago and all of my reasons were stated in my “cri de coer” post this past September. After being a loyal reader for many years I felt that the new look and editorial was aiming too young and low brow. That they were reaching so far to appeal to 20-somethings that they forget about their core reader loves health & fitness and wants to add to their knowledge base.

Well I have to admit that the October issue is a vast improvement upon the last few issues (I have not reviewed SELF since May) and I am happy to feature them on my Blog. Woo hoo! Now, keep it up SELF! Don’t make me shun you again!

 

SELF Cover Star for October:

Lucy Hale

I have NO idea who she is but for some reason I follow actress Lucy Hale on Instagram. (She seems totally cool and adorable by the way.)  Lucy’s trainer (Bryna Carracino) keeps the Pretty Little Liars star in shape with a series of “static holds” which you can see below. Her personal record for a chaturanga is two minutes seven seconds which is pretty damn impressive!

 

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So What Else is in the October SELF?

“I Have a Strong, Athletic Body. I Wish I Loved It”

Here we get an essay from badass squash champion Ivy Pochoda who works hard to stay in shape but gets rude comments about her “mannish” legs. I want to give her a hug and let her know she is a phenomenal woman and not to give in to the body-shaming haters. (Screw them! You are awesome & fierce!)

 

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“Master Class”

CrossFit Coach Megan May shows how to perform a righteous dead lift.

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“Shopping Special”

SELF started the whole “pink ribbon” campaign for breast cancer awareness many moons ago and every October they feature “pink” items that will benefit cancer charities. So get to shopping!

 

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“Trainer to Go”

World class trainer David Kirsch shows a few different exercises you can do in a plank position. (Plan on using these in my core classes soon!)

 

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“How Did I Workout Without This?”

Awesome “high-tech gear” that pro football players use are featured on this page and that makes me happy. (Because I love football. Go Niners!)

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“23 Minutes”

Say you truly only have a half hour at the gym to workout—these moves from Sean Begley of Plus One Fitness will help you get your sweat on in a minimum amount of time.

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The Rest of the Best of the October SELF:

  • “Fat Talk. Old Talk” Recently I have been thinking more about the “O” word and how much I hate it when people my age or much younger use it to describe themselves. Nice to read an article about I from someone far more eloquent than me! (Writer is Erin Bried)
  • “Do I Really Have to Stop Eating Bacon?” Good god I hope not! In the October issue we get “Women’s Cancer Handbook” which talks about which “bad habits” you need to nix to ward off disease.

Overall Grade:

B Big improvement over the last few months and I tore out many pages to keep on file which is always a good sign.

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway…@Wendys Gift Card for Apple Pecan Chicken Salad @SELFmagazine Workout in the Park! 18

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY FOR WENDY’S APPLE PECAN CHICKEN SALAD!

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Hi Gang!

This weekend Wendy’s will be sponsoring SELF magazine’s Workout in the Park in New York’s Central Park. If you are interested in winning a $7 gift card to Wendy’s to try this salad for yourself (There aren’t any near me or I would try them myself!) Please post a comment below and I will be giving away 3 Wendy’s Gift Cards to 3 lucky winners.

I will pick the three winners next Friday, May 17th at NOON eastern time. US only please!

Good luck and here is more information about the event and Wendy’s new salad option.

IT’S NO SECRET: Wendy’s® SPONSORS SELF MAGAZINE’S Workout in the Park Events TO BRING YOU THE FRESHEST DEAL IN TOWN

Discover Wendy’s Best-Kept Secrets in Salads on its Online Discovery Hub

and at Central Park in New York City

WHEN:
Saturday, May 11

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:        

Rumsey Playfield, Central Park

Enter at 69th Street & 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10021

WHAT:            

Just in time for salad season, Wendy’s is sponsoring SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park events in Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. Wendy’s is the first national restaurant chain to sponsor the event, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

At the event, Wendy’s will be sharing its best-kept secrets in salads, such as hand-leafing and chopping whole heads of fresh romaine every day rather than using bagged romaine lettuce, and serving warm chicken breast, grilled and hand-chopped right in Wendy’s kitchens – unlike other café-like places that serve it cold and pre-bagged at a factory.

On Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wendy’s will “bring the fresh” to SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park event at Central Park in New York City to delight consumers with:

  • On-Site Salad Preparation and Sampling: Consumers’ cravings for fresh ingredients will be satisfied with FREE samples of half-sized portions of the popular Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and FREE $5 gift cards to sample any of Wendy’s Garden Sensations® Salads in its restaurants.
  • Interactive Q&A with a Registered Dietitian: Tara Gidus, registered dietitian and nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition, fitness, and health, will be available to educate visitors on Wendy’s and provide her own secrets for creating and choosing the perfect summer salad.
  • Instaprint Snapshots: Consumers who upload pictures on Instagram® using the hashtag #NowThatsFresh will be able to instantly print and pick up their captured moment at the Wendy’s tent, giving attendees a modern day photo booth!

 

LEARN MORE:

Visit wendys.com/secrets for more information on Wendy’s best-kept secrets in salads for a chance to win a $25 gift card*. Follow Wendy’s on Facebook.com/Wendys and on Twitter @Wendys #NowThatsFresh for latest updates from the events.

ABOUT WENDY’S APPLE PECAN CHICKEN SALAD:  

Wendy’s Garden Sensations salads are freshly prepared every day and topped with a variety of premium ingredients not usually experienced at fast food restaurants. The Apple Pecan Chicken Salad includes a blend of 11 salad greens, including Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce and a Spring Mix, topped with real blue cheese crumbles, U.S. grown, hand-picked Granny Smith and sweet red apple pieces, seasoned roasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries and warm grilled chicken. This salad comes with preservative-free Pomegranate Vinaigrette dressing.

What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine With Kelly Osbourne on the Cover! #fitblog 9

 

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 SELF: May 2013

Kelly Osbourne photographed by Dewey Nicks in the cutest bathing suit by Betsey Johnson

Kelly Osbourne photographed by Dewey Nicks in the cutest bathing suit by Betsey Johnson

SELF Cover Star: Kelly Osbourne

I think Kelly looks fantastic and am very happy that she is seeking to be a healthy role model to young girls rather than being just another skinny famous person. But I don’t know—there is something a little strange to me that as a teen she felt harassed by the media for talking how her looks and then she gets a talk show where she makes fun of people for the way they dress. (E’s Fashion Police)

Anyone else feel this way?

Or am I over analyzing this one? (It wouldn’t be the first time!)

Really love Kelly’s bathing suit on the cover by the way. (OMG it is from Betsey Johnson—no wonder I love it so much!)

So What Else is in the May SELF?

“Drop 10 Workout”

Trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson of Tone it Up are back at it with a whole new workout this month that you can tear out and take to the gym.

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“Dying to Try it—Pull-Ups”

Trainer Kiley Schoenfelder (http://kfitnyc.com/) shows women how to do a real pull-up. (It’s not that scary, people!)

By the way, Kiley is a Type 1 Diabetes athlete! How incredible is that? Go Kiley! (SELF editors—you must do a story about her!)

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“5 Minute Abs”

SELF asked exercise physiologist Michelle Olson her favorite quick abs moves. They ask and ye shall receive.

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“How Did I Ever Bike Without This?”

SELF knows how to make this Fit Chick happy—put in some bike gear! (So who is going to get me the Stella Mccartney-designed Adidas jacket?)

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“SELF: 2013 Healthy Beauty Awards”

I love beauty stories and here we get the best of the best in lotions and potions as decided by SELF readers.

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The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “How Bad Is It to Have a Drink Before You Work Out?” I was ready to make fun of this article when two (count ‘em two) of my friends told me they have worked out “tipsy” before. So apparently this is a real thing that happens. (Gawd—I am so out of it!)
  • “Why Didn’t I Step In?” Here we get a very interesting and thought-provoking essay from Sushma Subramanian whose friend died of liver failure at 26. Holy sh*t!!

Overall Grade:

B+ It was a great issue but I wish they not make the copy so young sounding. It comes off a little teenager-ish at times.

Have you read the June SELF yet? What do you think of Kelly Osbourne? One a scale of 1-10, how cute  is her bathing suit?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com
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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Gwyneth Paltrow on the Cover! #fitbloggin 13

What Did We Learn This Month? 

 SELF: April 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow photographed by Matt Jones

Gwyneth Paltrow photographed by Matt Jones

SELF Cover Star for April:

Gwyneth Paltrow

The blonde goddess herself graces the cover and gets right into the discussion the media seems obsessed with—her strict diet. Gwyneth started her health journey a few years ago when she was starting to feel run down while singing on various awards shows to promote the film Country Strong.

Fueling herself on Guinness and beta blockers to get through each performance made the actress feel tired and out of sorts so she sought advice from her doctor on how to feel better. His advice? To get rid of all processed foods from her diet plus gluten, dairy and sugar.

The result of this mandate is her second cookbook It’s All Good which features recipes that are super healthy and Gwyneth approved.

I personally follow a pretty strict meal plan in order to be as healthy and energetic as possible (Paleo) so I am withholding the right to make any kind of a judgment. But I won’t stop you from commenting below! Let me know what you think…

So What Else is in the April SELF?

“Drop 10 Workout”

Trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson of Tone it Up designed this HIIT workout to help get your workout in no matter where you are. They also offer tear-away indoor and outdoor cardio workouts.

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“Dying to Try it—Ropes”

SELF asked Gregg Cook (he teaches “Whipped” at Equinox in NYC) the proper technique for using ropes in class. (Need to start using this is my boot camp classes.)

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Tracey Anderson

Gwyneth’s favorite trainer in the whole wide world shows off some interesting moves which you can try out with a broomstick or the pole connected to your mop. (Look at those abs!)

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“Beauty Mixologist”

SELF got the beauty benefits of some common ingredients from Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics in Brooklyn (shout out!)

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The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “A Stylin’ Bra” Are you in the market for a new sports bra that looks fabulous? (Yes? Me too!)
  • “Lump In Your Throat” The rise of thyroid cancer is discussed here.
  • “What I Gave Up Because I Felt Fat” Really enjoyed this essay from Taffy Brodesser-Akner (I want to be her friend just so I can say “This is my friend, Taffy.”)

Overall Grade:

A- Looking good SELF!!

Have you read the April SELF yet?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com
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@SELFmagazine 20th Workout in the Park (NYC) Details are Here! With “Pretty Little Liars” Shay Mitchell 0

Are you ready for SELF’s “Workout in the Park?” Then check out the details here:

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SELF MAGAZINE’s WORKOUT IN THE PARK CELEBRATES 20-YEAR MILESTONE and STEPS UP TO SCULPT IN NEW YORK on Saturday, MAY 11th.

WITH CELEBRITY HOST SHAY MITCHELL

 **AND A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE FROM BETHENNY FRANKEL**

 The 20th annual event inspires healthy, happy lifestyles with high-energy exercises, fashion tips, beauty consultations,

and great giveaways

SELF Magazine’s wildly popular outdoor health, fitness, and wellness festival, Workout in the Park, returns to New York on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park from 11:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

SELF Workout in the Park is a transformative day of unique experiences, including invigorating classes from CRUNCH gym, beauty and fashion consultations, nutritional know-how, and tons of freebies and giveaways from SELF and additional sponsors.  For the past two decades, the well-regarded event, which sells out in New York each year, has inspired tens of thousands of women to re-energize their lives.   

A one-year SELF Magazine subscription is included with the purchase of every Workout in the Park ticket.

WHAT:                        SELF MAGAZINE’S WORKOUT IN THE PARK

WHERE:           Central Park (Rumsey Playfield)

WHO:                           SELF Magazine and thousands of women seeking their best summer selves

Special Celebrity Host: Shay Mitchell, star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars: Shay will share her fitness tips on how to shape your body, improve self-esteem and look great for summer!

  • Special Guest Appearance: Bethenny Frankel, founder of Skinnygirl Daily: Join Bethenny for a bit of health, happiness and nutrition; she’ll be hanging out with fans and maybe even joining in on a few yoga moves! 
  • Special Guest Emcee: Danielle Monaro of Z100: Danielle will bring her amazing energy to the event, giving the scoop on what’s happening at WIP throughout the day.

WHEN:                         Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; rain or shine

COST:                          $20 in advance ONLY at www.SELFWorkoutinthePark.com (Tickets go on sale March 26th!)

What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine March Issue with New Look! 13

What Did We Learn This Month?

 

 SELF: March 2013

Julianne Hough photograhed by Dewey Nicks

Julianne Hough photograhed by Dewey Nicks

Hi All!

SELF had a big old redesign and relaunch of its brand recently and according to this article from the New York Times they are aiming for the 20-something reader. This filled my heart with dread but I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that it will still be the fun/smart read I look forward to each month.

Here we go…

SELF Cover Star for March:

 

Julianne Hough

I am not a big watcher of Dancing With the Stars but I do remember the couple of times I have seen it and thinking Julianne Hough seemed sweet. The dancer turned acrtess has a new movie out called Safe Haven (costarring with Josh Dahumel) and was scared about filming her first love scene (and subsequently needed a shot to get through it.) That’s about as risque she gets apparently. (Oh the fun in life she has to look forward to!)

Julianne is a teeny tiny dancer who claims to gain weight pretty easily so she works hard to keep fit (when not enjoying the occasional splurge day with boyfriend Ryan Seacrest.) You can get a look at an exclusive workout trainer Astrid McGuire (@AstridMcGuire) at this SELF.com link.

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So What Else is in the March SELF?

30-Minutes Workouts

Love this feature with “5 Cool Cardio Workouts” that are each only 30 minutes long and can fit into any busy person’s schedule.

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Box Jumps

SELF has a new page called “Dying to Try It” and this month they talk about how to perform a well-executed box jump. Trainer Ted Borgerding of Ignition APG gym in Cincinnati gives us the info here.

 

(I love the tights on this model!)

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“Sexy Arms. Yours.” (The punctuation very strange in the magazine…)

Another new page is titles “Trainer to Go” which features exercise physiologist Pete McCall (@FitExpertPete) who shows how to get sexy arms.

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“The Get-Ahead Drug”

SELF goes into a more serious mode here talking about the dangers of the ADD prescription drug Adderall.

The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “DIY Facials” Why spend a fortune on beauty things when you can make your own lotions and potions with fresh ingredients you already have at home?
  • “High-Top Sneakers” Sparkly, high-top sneakers are all the fashion rage this year darling!
  • “Surviving a Quart-Life Crisis” Did I mention they are skewering younger at SELF? This piece is about surviving life in your mid 20- mid-30s. (But they really mean surviving 25 which I admit was a sucky age but still…)
  • “I Married the Wrong Guy” What does it say about me that my favorite article in this issue was an anonymously-written essay from a woman claiming to regret her marriage? (Don’t answer that!)

Overall Grade:

B I am not sure about the new direction yet but will give them a couple more issues before I decide whether to keep on reviewing SELF each month.

On the plus side–I love the workouts.  The rest of the sections–not so much right now. Next month…

Have you read the March SELF yet? What do you think of the new look?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com
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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Emmy Rossum on the Cover! 11

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: February 2013

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

SELF Cover Star for February:

Emmy Rossum
Emmy is one BUSY lady! The star of Showtime’s Shameless (Never seen it. Is it good? Should I check it out?) and the upcoming film Beautiful Creatures is also an opera-trained singer (did not know that!) whose new album Sentimental is on sale right now.

Emmy is super-fit and likes taking group classes such as Soul Cycle, Flywheel and Physique 57 to keep in shape. You can learn Emmy’s “Hot Body Secrets” at this link from Self.com.  http://www.self.com/healthystars/2013/02/emmy-rossum-hot-body-secrets-slideshow?intcid=homepage0201_1#slide=1

So What Else is in the February SELF?

“The 13-Minute Fat Melt”
Trainer Angela Leigh shows us some “stacking” workout moves that will help get you in shape and burn calories in record time.

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“Get a Hot Everything!”
SELF calls this issue their “You & Him” special edition so they make it much more guy-centric than normal. Not all of it appeals to me (the “Looks Guys Love & Hate” page, for example, is just plain annoying. I want to read about ME and not HIM when I get a women’s health & fitness magazine.)
However, I do appreciate handsome male trainers offering their best workout advice and this article does just that…

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“Minimalist Floats to the Top”
Check out these groovy new sneakers that are more level (with less heel raise) than “normal” running shoes. I might actually start running now!

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“Cool New Tech Gear That…”
SELF shows us the latest techy stuff that will help you run longer and stay more motivated for all of your workouts.

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The Rest of the Best of the February SELF:
“At 17 I Never Thought My Life Would Turn Out Like This” I really enjoyed this essay by Kit Rich who found a note she had written to herself 17 years-old asking her future adult self if she would have more confidence and feel better about herself in ten years’ time. As someone who lived through both 17 and 27 I can tell both Kit’s that life is a journey and serenity will be yours one day if you are willing to fight for it.
“Don’t Blame the Cookies” If you are still struggling with holiday weight gain the culprit might just be your office heater, common colds, the sorter or more woes associated with the winter months.
“Dude Food Made Light” Friends of mine have a dog named “Dude” and I am pretty darn sure he would want me to offer some of the tasty meals shown in this story. Nom nom!

Overall Grade: 
B+ This issue was lacking a bit in workouts for me. Hopefully next month SELF!
Have you read the February SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco! #fitfluential 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: January 2013

Kelly Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

Kaley Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

SELF Cover Star for January:

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley stars in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (I have never seen it—should I check it out?) who is a big-time animal lover (just rescued her third pit bull—good on you Kaley as well as a spinning fanatic. (SELF doesn’t mention which studio she likes but it sounds like Soul Cycle to me.)

Check out Kaley’s “Theories on Life” right here at this link from Self.com

So What Else is in the January SELF?

“Look Dope on the Slopes”

I have not been on a pair of skis in almost 15 years but if I could wear something super-cute (say, one of the outfits below) you would see me covered in snow right away.

Groovy ski gear!

Groovy ski gear!

“Power Up!”

According to SELF readers, a whopping 93% of them need help raising their energy levels (changing my diet upped mine people—just sayin’…) Here we get advice on all kinds of ways to charge your own batteries.

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“Butt & Gut”

Ooh—I liked these pages! If you have an exercise ball handy I suggest you try out these moves from trainer Bernie Zurella of Gold’s Gym in. Zurella is a former kickboxing fighter and Army drill sergeant who has a waitlist for folks who want to take his “Butt and Gut” class.

Here is a link for his workout as well: http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2013/01/firm-your-butt-in-six-moves-slideshow?intcid=trail1218#slide=1

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

“Jump Start Diet (JSD)”

SELF has a six-day diet plan which includes one ditch day (which is why the model below is seen with ice cream, I guess?) Developed by Patricia Bannan, R.D. (Eat Right When Time is Right) you can sign up online to try the JSD and win prizes at self.com/jumpstart.

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“10-Minute Tone UP”

All you need is an exercise band to do these moves from Alexander Kaufman, creator of P.E.P.P.E.R. (Practical Exercise Personally Planned Equals Results) in New York City.

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The Rest of the Best of the January SELF:

  • “Trapped at Work” A new year can mean a whole new beginning job-wise. If you are ready to make a career change—check out this article before you begin making the big leap.
  • “Why A.M. Exercise Rules…” I know for me—if I don’t exercise out of the way first thing in the morning I can wind up losing motivation as the day wears on. If you need advice on how to get your butt out of bed in A.M.—check out page 46.
  • “Feed Your Face” I love my beauty stories and this one is filled with “trendy nutrition boosters.’ LUV!

Overall Grade:

A- If you are looking for some 2013 motivation—check out SELF!

Have you read the January SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?What are your favorite winter workouts? Post a comment when you can!

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com

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