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Brooklyn Fit Chick: “The Dog Scratched at My Face” Post (A Lesson in Gratitude) 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick

 “Yep, A Dog Scratched My Face” Post

How I Spent My New Year’s Eve, Lessons on Gratitude,

Plus: My Goal to Be More Like Chris & Theresa in 2015

What up 2015?!

What up 2015?!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So how was your New Year’s Eve? Mine was 99% supremely awesome. I spent it with great friends who live just around the block from me. Do you understand how amazing that is? I could (potentially) drink my weight in champagne and walk home in no time. Oh my, it started off so well.

There was drinking and merriment.

NYE

I wore party shoes (my Kate Spade statement heels)

Kate Spade shoes

I hung out with my homies

Me ans Christina 2

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

(It only looks as if there is a branch growing out of the top of my head)

There was a floating shark

shark

“White Lines” by Grand Master Flash invaded the room…

dance

And then….as the clock struck 1 am and I decided to head home. But first I wanted to just pet the home owner’s doggie goodbye as I left and let’s just say…I might have zigged when I should have zagged because it seems as if I got just a little close too his sweet face for comfort as he took a swipe at me missing my left eye by thismuch.

Oh—and while I was cleaning out my wound one of my contacts fell out so I was half blind and trying to assess what just happened to me. (Only a nightmare I have been imagining since I got my first pair of contacts in the seventh grade.)

So this is where the gratefulness comes in—stick with me!

I am grateful because my friend Sage was right there when it happened. He is an ER doctor and made sure I was taken care of right away. He called the local hospital and insisted I get stiches. (I was blubbering about wanting to go home but my friends wisely put the kibosh on that.)

So my friends Chris and Theresa took me to the hospital in Sunset Park on New Year’s Eve which is an interesting night to be at an ER to say the very least. That sat with me until 5 am and kept me calm. We talked movies, music and podcasts when Chris reminded me that an awesome woman named Tina Fey has a scar on her face and it doesn’t stop her from doing anything she wants in her life.

At 5 am I took this selfie to show off my surgeon’s amazing stitching:

me Hospital

 

I tried to bribe the doctor with a $100 Amex gift card to get some Botox and fillers while we were at it but she explained they don’t keep those on had in the emergency room in Sunset Park. (Never hurts to ask!)

Since then I have been taking it easy on the couch and getting caught up for the next episode of the Book Vs Movie podcast (we are back with our first episode of the 2015 Primary Colors available for download on January 17th!)

Couch

I snuggled with my kitties Tennessee

T with me

And Sweet Sarah

Sarah with me

I have also been fighting a nasty cold at the same time so let’s just say I am currently NOT as pretty as a picture but I am still so damn grateful.

What am I grateful for?

  • I am grateful I have such good friends to hang out with on New Year’s Eve who can also handle an emergency.
  • I am grateful the dog didn’t take out my eye.
  • I am grateful the surgeon took her time to make sure my stitches were handled correctly.
  • I am grateful for Chris and Theresa for taking care of me with no thought to how long it would take and without really knowing the neighborhood we were driving in the middle of the night on New Year’s freaking Eve! (They have ensured very good karma for them in 2015.)
  • I am grateful for all of my friends and family who have been checking in on me.

And just so you know—me and the dog are super cool. He really is a good boy. I know it wasn’t personal.

But when people say let sleeping dogs lie—believe them!

Since then (has it only been 5 days? Wow!) I have taught five spin and two core classes so let’s just say I am a badass who will handle this obstacle. 2014 may have left me bruised and battered but I am determined to kick 2015 right square in the pants no matter what!

I am also thinking of how I am going to incorporate being more like Chris & Theresa from now on because they rock so freaking hard! (Those two crazy kids got engaged this past year so I am sending them a Mazel as well!)

I want to be the kind of person who deserves this much love and care when I am completely vulnerable. They have reminded me about the power of kindness so once again—I am grateful!

Next week I will be back with a fabulous Weight Watchers dance workout kit giveaway so stay tuned when I will post my Vlog again. I hope you understand—with a black eye and a runny nose I just did NOT feel like putting my face on You Tube just yet. Hand to god—next week for sure.

Coming up this week I will have my Tria review and my own personal look at the January Women’s Health magazine so keep checking back here!

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine with Demi Lovato! 0

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

January 2015

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

Demi Lovato photographed by Chris Fortuna

 

Who Is on the Cover of Fitness this Month?

Former Disney Teen Queen Demi Lovato who is about the most accomplished 22-year old I have ever read about in my entire life. Demi is on the road right now with a hyper successful singing career, is the brand ambassador for Sketchers, and has her own skin care line called “Devonne” by Demi. Oh AND she has her own line of hair extensions called Secret Color. (Whew!)

A few years ago things were not looking too good for Demi. Hospitalized for bipolar disorder and bulimia the young star was struggling with mental illness and her self-image. Thankfully she is on something of a health kick with exercise and clean eating being a priority for maintaining her positive mindset.

In her interview with Fitness Demi talks about her favorite workout tunes, how she motivates herself to get a sweat session going wn hen her motivation is low plus her advice for other young women struggling with personal issues.

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Hot Arms & Abs”

This quickie workout from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Noah Neiman will help you strengthen and tone your bod in record time.

arms workout 001

 

“Hot Stuff: The Goods We’re Obsessing Over Now ”

Fitness editors chose a whole page of the cutest fitness gear I can imagine. They all give me the “I wants!”

Hot stuff 001

 

Fitness Better Body Plan”

I love this workout from BFX Studio which uses their EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) intervals. You can get a video to download onto your iPad by going to www.fitnessmagazine.com/digitalnow.

Better Body plan 001

 

And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Stroke Your Metabolism” The Rowing machine is the new “hip” cardio workout to hit the gym and this sample workout will help you burn up to 500 calories an hour.
  • “On the Road to Diabetes?” Diabetes has affected far more friends and family members than I can count so I really want to get the word out there on what people need to look out for to stay healthy. This article highlights that diabetes can hit healthy & fit people as well so be on the lookout for the symptoms and just ditch the cheap sugar habit, people!

Overall Grade:

A- A few really good workouts and smart health stories always make me happy and the January issue did just that!.

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes Plus, Top Workout Songs of 2014! 7

Brooklyn Fit Chick’s New Year’s Workout Goals

Plus:  Top Workout Songs of 2014 (and the Worst!)

This girl is ready for 2015!

This girl is ready for 2015!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I can’t believe this year is finally heading out the window and could not be more grateful to see it go. Not sure what you all have been through in 2014 but I have dealt with health issues, family issues and all sorts of stressful things that have made me feel a little less buoyant than normal. However, I will not allow the past to interfere with my future pleasure so today I am just talking about the good stuff and getting ready for the fabulousness that will be 2015!

First I will do a little housekeeping on the latest BFC things, the Book Vs Movie podcast update, my fitness goals for 2015 and then my picks for the best workout songs of 2014. So let’s do it! (The Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog to return next Sunday with a fantastic New Year’s/New You Giveaway!)

  • Book Vs Movie Podcast: Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I are working our butts off to get our new website off the ground plus we are using a fancy podcast service called “Libsyn” to get it out to y’all without all of the drama of our previous service which shall not be named. To get ready start reading Joe Klein’s Primary Colors which was turned into a movie in 1998 and directed by Mike Nichols whom we sadly lost this past year. Read the book and/or watch the movie to prep and we will post the details on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/bookvsmovie?ref=br_tf

 

  • Tria Hair Removal System: Still using my fabulous Tria hair removal system and am so far impressed with the results. There is less hair growing around the back of my ankles and the side of my face which is making me very happy. I am also using it on my upper lip and underarms and will offer a full review in a week or so.

 

  • CrossFit Goal for 2015: As you may know I am a “Fit Bottomed Girl” who contributes to fitbottomedgirls.com. The gals at FBG asked me (BFC) if I had any fitness goals I want to accomplish and the first thing that popped in my mind was the box jump. I am terrified of performing a box jump but know that if I can overcome my fear—it will make me feel like a rock star to land a good one just once. Coincidentally a new CrossFit gym opening in Brooklyn (the largest n the borough) called Crow Hill Cross Fit (http://www.crowhillcrossfit.com/) and they said if I want a real trainer to teach me to box jump—then they have me covered. So THAT is going to my first fitness goal to tackle this year. (Stay tuned for updates on this!)

 

  • The Crow Pose: My second fitness goal is to perform a crow pose. I am not sure how I will manage it but it has been the one pose in yoga that vexes me and I just want do it once to know how great it feels. And then, hopefully, do it many times after that. I will let you know what steps I am taking to make this happen. (Wish me luck!)

 

And now for something completely different—the Brooklyn Fit Chick Top Workout Songs of 2014!

I have been churning out a couple of playlist each month for the last few years and think I have it down to science at this point. Today I am featuring the songs that made me want to work harder and inspired my students to give a little extra effort during class. So here they are in particular order:

KONGOS/ “Come With Me Now”

Technically I am cheating here because this song came out in Africa in 2011 but they were only introduced in the U.S. this past year so I am putting this in the 2014 column. “Come With Me Now’ has a fantastic hard-driving beat and always made people’s heads bop along to the music.

 

Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars)/ “Uptown Funk”

Come on—what better song came out this year? Everything about it says move your butt and have some fun. A funky, modern masterpiece that makes you want to sing along and dance with abandon.

 

Avicii/ “Wake Me Up”

Swedish hotboy Avicii knows how to put together a tune and this one is just about scientifically proven to be THE MOST PERFECT warm-up number for any kind of class you teach. Seriously—I am his biggest fan now.

 

Dear Rouge/ “I Heard I Had”

This band is from Vancouver and they are winning all sorts of radio contest in Canada. “I Heard I Had” is about as great as a “second” song for a playlist as it gets. Download it now!

 

OneRepublic/ “Love Runs Out”

A foot-stomping favorite in my classes that always gets people into the best mood.

 

Taylor Swift/ “Shake It Off”

I don’t care about her dating life nor will I hassle her because she claims to be a New Yorker now (as if!) but damn this woman knows how to write a song that cooks! “Shake it Off’ is just about as perfect of a pop confection as it gets. Brava Taylor!

 

John Legend/ “All of Me” (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment)

This is another perfect song for a warm-up that puts people in a good mood. Sweet, romantic and dancy—what is not to like about it?

 

And the worst workout song for 2014——-“Fancy” by Iggy Azalia

Someone told me Iggy Azalia would be THE big deal this past summer so I started including this dreadful song in my classes. A tuneless,annoying piece of tripe that make me want to gauge my eyes out with my thumbs. My take on Iggy Aazalia? NO. Thank. You!

But if you must hear it for yourself…

 

That’s all I have for today folks. I am so looking forward to all of the media reviews, playlist, Vlogs, giveaways and gear reviews for the new year. Let’s bring on 2015!!!

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Vacay… 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Brief Vacay

Plus Latest Book Vs Movie Podcast News, Tria Hair Removal and the Brooklyn Rock N Roll Marathon

This girl is taking a Vlogging/Giveaway break for a few days. Cheers!

This girl is taking a Vlogging/Giveaway break for a few days. Cheers!

Hey there! Hi There! Ho There!

How are you gang? Me? I am fine and dandy but my schedule is just a bit tight right now and I could not get it together for a Vlog post this week. Horrors! I swore when I started this venture that I would never miss a week NO MATTER WHAT. But guess what? Life has a way of moving in on your great plans and throwing them right back into your face while saying “HA!”

However, next week for sure I will be back and up and running. In the meantime I have just a couple of news items for you:

  • Book vs Movie: Our little podcast had our latest episode and here it is Book Vs Movie: Bridget Jones’s Diary. Margo P. and I are launching it on a new website and using a whole new platform to deliver in January so stay tuned for even more fun stuff. Yay!
  • Tria Hair Removal Laser Review: I am in the middle of trying out a new product, the Tria Portable Laser Hair Removal and so far I am loving it. It’s going to be a three-month trial but I will give you more details next week on my Vlog.
  • Running: So I am considering running the Brooklyn Rock & Roll Half Marathon in October and wanted your advice, when should I start training? Please send em your best tips!

Okay–so I will still be here this week for magazine reviews and a possible new playlist. After this week my schedule should hopefully open up and I will be back to Vlogging and giveaways. (Promise!)  Thank you so much for being so understanding.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

December 2014

Lauren Cohan photographed by Tom Svhirmacher

Lauren Cohan photographed by Tom Schirmacher

Women’s Health Cover Star for December 2014: 

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Well then you are in luck because star Lauren Cohan is on the cover of this issue and talks about life in the Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia where the show is filmed. Lauren is a gal who was born in New Jersey and grew up in London so she was raised to be adaptable.

She doesn’t give away any secrets about the show but admits playing a badass has put her in the best shape of her life. When filming most meals consists of fish and vegetables and she is putting together her first healthy living cookbook. Can’t wait to give away that one on my Blog when it is published… (Big hint to Lauren’s PR team!)

So what else is in the December issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Roll With It”

There are few things I love more than my foam roller—really! You have tight muscles, back pain or knee pain? Just roll it away and Lauren Roxburgh (a wellness coach and fascia/alignment expert) who created a safe & effective workout using one of them at home.

Foam Roller Workout

The Only Thing I Want for Christmas  

This is not a joke—all I want for Christmas is this Drybar Big Hair Don’t Care Holiday Kit that is featured in the magazine’s gift guide. Any takers?

Dry Bar Xmas Package 001

“The Circle of Life”

LOVE this page which shows the proper length of time you should own certain gym items. (Looks like I need to switch out some sports bras…)

Life Span of Workout Gear 001

“Push Back Workout Obstacles”

Super handsome trainer Adam Rosante is all over the media these days with a new book (The 30-Second Body) coming out in March. Here he offers a few exercise suggestions for those of us crunched for time this holiday season. (I plan to try this out tonight!)

Holiday Workout 001

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “Does Shanelle Gabriel Look Sick to You” What’s it like to have a disability/pain issue that people can’t see. (My good friend Marilee taught me about this!)
  • ‘Lose Your Mind to Boost It” The whole point of this piece is that you need to lose the meaningless and painful memories from your life in order to get over your own particular obstacles.

Overall Grade:

A  Lots of great workouts and a FABULOUS gift suggestion just for me is making me happy this month.

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

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Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Ashley Greene 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

November 2014

Ashley Greene photographed by Tom Schirmacher

Ashley Greene photographed by Tom Schirmacher

Women’s Health Cover Star for November 2014: 

Ashley Greene is on the cover and while I only know her from the Twilight films, in reality she has over 25 films to her credit and is also an ambassador for Oakley sunglasses which makes me incredibly jealous.  (Love those shades!)

Anyhoo-Ashely is stunning and has tons of beauty advice for those of us who want to look like a Hollywood starlet but are on a budget.

She keeps in shape by training with Jason Walsh of Rise Movement and prefers little rest between strength moves to keep her cardio up.

 

So what else is in the November issue of Women’s Health

15-Minute Workout “Dynamic Duos”

The idea here is to match two exercises with one another two get maximum benefits and these moves from trainer Nick Rodocoy (whose Twitter photo is great) will help give muscle definition in record time.

15 Minute Workout 001

 Your Hidden Fitness Talent”  

The key to increase your fitness level is to develop your proprioception.

What the hell is that?

Basically it’s the ability to get in tune with your sense of balance and coordination and therefore stay upright and balanced when your receptors are being challenged.

For example—working on your core strength can help you maintain your balance on an icy road and prevent you from slipping and falling.

The exercises featured here can help with developing that “sixth sense.”

Up Your Workouts 001

“Supermarket Stars”

Let’s be frank—most of us buy our food from the market. But that doesn’t mean that all of the packed foods on the shelves are full of garbage that will kill you.

Nay! Some of it is pretty damn good and good for you. Check out the winners in this issue.

Super Market Stars 001

“Slow Down to Power Up”

Yoga expert Kathryn Budig shows off some cool yoga moves that will help you relax this upcoming crazy holiday season.

Energizing Yoga 001

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Women’s Health:

  • “I Survived Being Kidnapped by My Taxi Driver” Holy crap! A true story of kidnapping and terror in Bali. YIKES!
  • ‘Sick Much?” “Virus-busting” strategies to keep you healthy from your nose-rubbing co-workers.

Overall Grade:

A  Some great workouts are featured here plus my beloved beauty stories are pretty fun to read.

You can check out Women’s Health online as well: www.WomensHealthMag.com

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Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 98: Fitness “Meet & Tweet,” “Tips of the Scales” Podcast, The Skinny Gut Diet Giveaway 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #98

Tips of the Scale Podcast, New Tunes for Playlist, Fitness Meet & Tweet, People Who Leave Their Crap by the Stereo in Class

Plus: The Skinny Gut Diet Giveaway!

1 skinny gut

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I had a crazy busy week and will soon be going on a quick business trip but fear not—I am still posting as often as I can and offering a new book giveaway as well. Woo hoo! So let’s all take a deep breath and then dive right into my quick hits this week plus my SkinnyGutDiet.com book giveaway by Brenda Watson C.N.C.

  • Tips of the Scale Podcast: At Fitbloggin this past summer I was lucky enough to meet Sam Lomeli who hosts his own podcast Tips of the Scale. In case you are not familiar with him (and dammit—you should be!) Sam interviews an array of “real” people each episode who are either currently dealing with weight loss issues or have overcome them and want to inspire others. Many of my Fitbloggin pals have been on his show including Brandi of Diets in Review, Martinus of 300 Pounds and Running and Alan of Sweating Until Happy. Sam is a guy who really cares about helping people get healthy and I encourage you to subscribe to his show on iTunes and follow him on Twitter @TipsOfTheScale podcast.
  • Need New Tunes for Playlists! I realize I made this call-out before but I really meant it this time—I am desparate for new music to use in my group fitness classes. (Also on assignment for Fit Bottomed Girls and they are itchin for me to get off my Gluteus Maximus and get a few out to them as well!) So pretty please—just leave me one tune below in the comments section below. One song that makes you feel happy & motivated when working out. I would appreciate it SO much!
  • Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet Event” Where are my East Coast fitness Bloggers at? How many of you are going to be at the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet this week? It’s the THIRD annual event and I am lucky enough to have been invited to attend and I so want to make sure I say “hey” to all of my peeps there. (My friend Namaste Mari teases me for being a notorious bailer of events but I want to say “hi” to YOU so let me know to keep an eye out for ya!)
  • Students Leaving Their Crap by the Teacher’s Area: This is more of a vent/rant than a new post but at one place where I teach I have a student who leaves her purse right by me while I am teaching and it really cheeses me off. Not sure WHY it bothers me so much but she just ASSUMES she can leave anything she wants by me when I am teaching and maybe it will be safe there? I have no idea but no one else does this and it is driving me nuts. I will explain more in the Vlog but any advice you can give me to handle this tactfully will also be appreciated. (I am not kidding—this is a real problem I am having.)
  • The Skinny Gut Diet Book Giveaway: Are you interested in proper digestion and also like to win things? Well get ready to enter to win The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson who is a certified nutrition counselor and has the most amazing Twitter name @brendapoopscoop. If you are interested in winning your own copy (open to the Continental U.S. only, sorry!) then check out my Vlog below. Good luck and happy pooping!

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

The Skinny Gut Diet

By Brenda Watson, C.N.C

In your digestive tract live100 trillion bacteria, which make up 90 percent of the cells in your body and are the real reason you gain or lose weight. Everyone has a unique balance of good and bad bacteria that either keeps them healthy or leaves them susceptible to disease. This same balance contributes to weight gain or to weight loss. By increasing the “be skinny” bacteria and decreasing the “fat” bacteria, you can finally achieve your ideal weight—for good.

In THE SKINNY GUT DIET (on sale 10/7/14, Harmony Books), New York Times bestselling author, certified nutritional consultant, and digestive health expert Brenda Watson offers an insightful perspective on this connection between weight gain and an underlying imbalance of bacteria in the gut, or what she calls the gut factor.  Drawing upon the latest scientific research, Watson illuminates the inner workings of the digestive system and provides instructions for achieving a healthy bacterial ecosystem that initiates weight loss by enabling the body to absorb fewer calories from food, reduce cravings, and store less fat.

The premise is simple: curtail sugar consumption (and its surprising sources) and eat more healthy fats, living foods, and protein to balance the bacteria in your digestive tract. The result? A skinny gut and optimal health.

THE SKINNY GUT DIET centers around an easy-to-follow lifestyle plan. A 14-day eating guide, dozens of delicious and easy to prepare recipes, and sage advice will help you achieve—and maintain—digestive balance and sustained weight loss. With inspiring real-life stories of individuals who transformed their health and their waistlines on the Skinny Gut Diet, Watson empowers you to become your own health advocate.

THE SKINNY GUT DIET is a lifestyle that will transform readers by giving them the tools to eat well for their gut so that they can lose those extra pounds, regain their health, and enjoy the vitality that newfound health brings.

{Just a note—Harmony Books is not sponsoring this post and will send the book directly to the winner.}

If you want to win a copy of The Skinny Gut Diet you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win “The Skinny Gut Diet” by @brendapoopscoop from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, October 27, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 97: The New SELF Magazine, Twitter Chats, Hot Yoga Tips & “Green Smoothie’ eBook Giveaway 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #97

Tips for Your First Hot Yoga Class, the New Look of SELF, Book Vs Movie Twitter Chat

Plus: Skinny Green Smoothies eBook Giveaway!

You can win this eBook!

You can win this eBook!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I want to talk about “Hot Yoga Tips,” SELF magazine’s new direction, my first Twitter chat and a cool smoothie eBook that you can win today. Let’s get to it!

  • Hot Yoga Tips Fit Bottomed Girls: I attended my first hot yoga class last year at Modo Yoga NYC and loved how much longer and leaner I felt afterwards. (Though the heat is murder on my frizz-tastic hair!) Anyhoo—the experience gave me the inspiration to write Tips for Your First Hot Yoga Class for Fit Bottomed Girls and I appreciate any Tweets and shares y’all can give me for it. (Thanks in advance!)
  • The New Look of SELF: Last March the editor in chief of SELF was fired which was unpleasant for everyone involved. So the folks at Condé Nast decided that their only fitness-centric pub should go in a whole new direction with former Cosmopolitan Executive Joyce Chang. Chang does not have a health/fitness editorial background so she has given SELF a makeover which you can read about at Fashionista, Jezebel and BET. The October issue features a beautiful model on the cover (Joan Smalls) as they celebrate “The Best Bodies in the World.” It’s very—um, fashion-centric and certainly a glammed-up version of SELF. It looks gorgeous which is a HUGE improvement upon the look of the magazine in the last year which was dog sh*t.

(However, I am reserving judgment on whether I will return to reviewing them monthly (I gave up last November as the editorial went down the “20-something only” crap hole) because this issue is a little too frou-frou and chic for my personal taste. Perhaps Joyce Chang just wants to show her classier direction and will incorporate more workouts in the future issues? I hope so but will wait until the next month before I make my decision. Good luck SELF—you look a HELL OF A LOT better. Now bring on more fitness articles!)

  • Book vs. Movie Twitter Chat: I participated in my very first Twitter chat this week in support of the Book vs. Movie podcast and it was about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on! (I won’t swear I went braless…) The best part of the chat (which you can follow here) was getting suggestions from the Twitter peeps on the books that have been adapted to film that we should cover. Now—let me be clear—no way do I plan to read Great Expectations. But the other suggestions were pretty amazing. SO—if you have been reading all of these bullet points diligently and have not just scanned them—please give me some suggestions below in the comments on what books YOU want Margo P. and me to cover in the future. We are pretty open-minded so fire away! Oh, and we have our own twitter handle so follow us @bookversusmovie Namaste!
  • My newest giveaway! Author Beth Wareham is an eBook expert and a green smoothie fanatic who writes e-mails that make me snort through my nose and laugh like a hyena. This week she is offering one of her Skinny Green Smoothie eBooks as a giveaway to one of you lucky people. And because it is an eBook I can offer it worldwide! YES! If you have a Kindle or something electronic-ish to read things—you can win this book.

Now onto this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!

 

More Information about Skinny Green Smoothies by Beth Wareham:

SKINNY GREEN SMOOTHIES

By Beth Wareham

 “Skinny Green Smoothies” takes smoothie love to a new level using cook’s tricks to create new, deeply satisfying smoothies. We use centuries of flavor pairings as well as new ingredients to make these healthy “milk shakes’ truly sing.

Don’t whirl a smoothie that tastes of front lawn. Here, you’ll discover new ways to get essential nutrients and fatty acids into your body, turning on fat-burning DNA and creating a skinnier, more radiant you. Add sparkling waters, flavored teas, herbal infusions, fresh herbs, toasted seeds and nuts, and spices heated for 30 seconds in a dry pan that come alive and fragrant in a way you’ve never tasted. You can choose your smoothie ingredients based on your health needs on any given day – the information on health is all here – as well as create a drink you truly savor.

Approach “Back-to-School” and cold and flu season? Try the “Almost Every Citrus Green Smoothie” where citrus and spinach together help you absorb more Vitamin C than most any other food you have ever eaten. Been out too late last night? What about the “Grapefruit Parsley Detox Green Smoothie” to chase that sluggish feeling away? Need a new flavor in your Skinny Green Smoothie arsenal? Try “Sparkling Cherry Thyme Green Smoothie” for a new tingle on the tongue. That taxing morning at the office needs a good “Coconut Load Green Smoothie” to get you through.

Besides the convenience for adults, green smoothies are perfect to get vegetables and fruits into those smaller bellies – our kids. Growing developing bodies need lots of nutrients and one of the best gifts you can give your children is good food. No, he or she won’t eat those brussel sprouts but set a “Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie” down in front of them and you may have a different story.

Convenient, versatile, simple and quick, Skinny Green Smoothies will help you stop cravings and lose weight, clear your skin and head and give you the energy you need to seize the day.”

{Just a note—Beth Wareham is not sponsoring this post and will contact the winner directly and set them up with their eBook.}

If you want to win three rolls of Skinny Green Smoothies featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win “Skinny Green Smoothies” by @GiantSweetTart from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, October 13, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Shape Magazine with Maria Menounos on the Cover 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape

October 2014

Maria Menounos photographed by Don Flood

Maria Menounos photographed by Don Flood

Shape Cover Star for October 2014:

One of Howard Stern’s favorite guests is TV personality Maria Menounos who has a fun spirit and a seriously goofy laugh (I mean that in a good way.)

When Maria was in college she gained almost 40 pounds trying to out-eat most of her dude friends (dude friends are always dangerous, by the way) and now she keeps fit with a sane workout schedule and healthy eating habits.

Maria has a new book out called The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness and you can catch her in full “band workout” mode inside the magazine.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Form Check: The Squat”

As a trainer I can tell you that if there is one move we observe  to check out the fitness level of a potential client—it’s the squat. I really loved this description on what to look for in a proper squat by Brent Brookbush, D.P.T.

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“Shop for a Cause”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but you should be shopping for cute pink things all year round. This page features items that will support breast cancer charities.

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 “Transform Your Trouble Zones”

Shape asked trainer Lisa Kinder of the 10-Minute Solution: High Intensity Interval Training DVDs for her favorite muscle-toning moves. Love this page that focuses on abs…,

abs 001

“2014 Beauty Awards: Star Power”

The best lotions, potions and fun hair care things to keep you looking gorgeous.

Best Beauty 2014 001

“Tool Time”

If you are like me—you need to foam roll constantly to help out the knots in your back and tight IT bands. Shape has the best products on the market to do just that.

Tool Time 001

“The Good Fight”

One of the best ways to get healthy and learn self-defense is to learn martial arts. Here we get “Martial Arts 101” and a “Lingo Lesson” from Guillermo Gomez creator of the Martial Fusion workouts.

Martial Arts 001

“Tune Up Your Yoga Routine”

Lashaun Dale of Equinox gyms teaches a yoga class called “Flow Play” which is a Vinyasa workout with a carefully selected playlist.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Step Right Up” Incorporating stairs and bleachers can help ramp up your workout according to Paul Juris of the Cybex Research Institute.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A I was happy with the workouts featured and the shopping pages were cute and useful.

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly News Alert: Tips for Pole Dancing, Podcasting on iTunes and New EIC for Women’s Health 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Weekly News

Book vs. Movie Podcast Now on iTunes & Stitcher Radio!

Tips for Your First Pole Dancing Class, New EIC for Women’s Health

Plus: High-Five from Bowflex

 

(Check out the full story on Fit Bottomed Girls!)

(Check out the full story on Fit Bottomed Girls!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? I am a little press for time this weekend and forgot to get my giveaway in order so that will have to wait until next week but I promise you will like it! In the meantime—let me get through some newsy stuff to start your week on a good note

  • Book vs. Movie on Stitcher Radio & iTunes!! Well it took us a few weeks but Margo of She’s Nacho Mama’s podcast and I finally have our Book vs. Movie podcast available on iTunes (I see one of our episodes there and hopefully the rest will be up soon) and the Stitcher Radio app so let us all just say “Huzzah!” I am so completely excited about this and it is my pleasure to announce our next book—The Firm by John Grisham. It should be ready for downloading this coming weekend. Look for it!

Also, if you haven’t done so already feel free to “like” our Facebook page. (Thank you!)

  • Tips for Your First Pole Dancing Class: I recently came up with the idea on tips for your first pole dancing class as the thought of taking one terrifies me. Luckily I am a Fit Bottomed Girl so they will usually indulge my whims so here you go–Advice from the Pros for Your First Pole Dancing Class.
  • New Editor in Chief for Women’s Health: One of my favorite magazines is Women’s Health and I admit I was worried when Michelle Promaulayko left the top editorial spot to join Yahoo.com. Well there is no reason to fear because the smart people at Rodale promoted from within and gave Amy Keller Laird—congratulations Amy!
  • Bowflex Friday High Fives: Finally this week—I was thrilled to be included in the Bowflex Insider High Fives which featured my last playlist as one of their favorite Blog posts of the week. Thanks gang!

Until next time…

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