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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!

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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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Until next time…

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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…,

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“2014 Beauty Awards: Star Power”

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

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“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.

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“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.

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“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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Until next time…

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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…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 91: Book vs Movie Podcast News, Venus Williams, & More 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode #91

“Book vs. Movie” Podcast Ep 1 (&2!), “Blonde Vegan” Goes Rogue, Venus Williams and The Greatest Dance Clip of the Week

Plus: Jennifer Cohen Strong is the New Skinny Preview

Giveaway arriving soon!

Giveaway arriving soon!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing today? I have so much news to talk about today that I can hardly contain myself so I will just dive right in with the highlights and then preview for my next giveaway—Strong is the New Skinny by awesome trainer Jennifer Cohen. Wee!

  • Book vs. Movie Episode 1: So excited to announce that Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast and I have launched our first podcast Book vs Movie. Last Friday we aired our first episode talking about both the film & movie version of Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil (Kevin Spacey played him in the utterly forgettable Clint Eastwood film.)  We had a total blast and lost all track of time so we are recording part 2 this very week. Our hope is to get a few episodes in the can so we can have them available in iTunes. If you are our friend—please listen to us online at Blog talk radio in the meantime and please ‘like” our Facebook page. Check out my Vlog below to find out our next book/movie choice. (Hint, hint—get your little black dress ready for fun!)

 

  • The Blonde Vegan Changes Her Tune: I am NOT a vegan and happily get my protein from sustainable responsible meat vendors but I also follow a great many Vegan people on Facebook & Twitter as they are usually animal lovers and I am a fan of the furry critters.  Anyhoo—I was fascinated by the following post by Blogger Jordan of The Blonde Vegan who is absconding from the meat-free/pro-juicer lifestyle as it is causing her to suffer from Orthorexia which is a type of eating disorder where a person has an obsession with being “healthy.” To the point that they are not living happiest lives. I am not doing her justice (sorry Jordan!) please just read her post!

 

  • Eleven by Venus: So last week I had a very cool thing happen where I got to meet many of my fellow ambassadors for Venus Williams’ fashion/fitness line EleVen by Venus via a conference call and guess who was on the line with us—VENUS!!! I was so gaga when she greeted us that I squealed like a child. We had a special advanced look at their upcoming winter and spring collections and let’s just say my bank account is going to take a hit from it!

 

  • Jennifer Cohen Skinny is the New Strong Giveaway: Check out the Vlog below to get a gander at this week’s giveaway which will go live tomorrow. Skinny is the New Strong is a fitness book from rock-star trainer Jennifer Cohen and it does not even go on sale until September but you can win a copy from me—stay tuned for the details coming tomorrow.

 

  • The Greatest Dance Video of the Week:  I don’t know about you guys but I love me some Buzzfeed.com to check out the latest silly clips on the Internet that I should nto miss and this one featuring a “90s” tribute dancer is one of the best things I have seen in a long time. Pump up the jams people!!

Now on to this week’s Vlog!

 

Got that? So tomorrow I will post the full details of the book giveaway—good luck! Thanks so much for checking back here!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 90 New Podcast News!!! 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #90

The Two Margos Launch a Brand New Podcast: Book vs. Movie!!!

The Margos Announce New Podcast "Book Vs. Movie!"

The Margos Announce New Podcast “Book Vs. Movie!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s here! Today is the day I can finally announce the BIG NEWS that I am partnering with the lovely & talented Margo P. of She’s Nacho Mama Podcast for our first podcast—Book Vs. Movie! Ta dah!

Yes! It is true. The two Margos are pulling our collective talents together to create a podcast devoted to two things that we both love—books and movies. We found this out a few weeks ago when we came back from the Fitbloggin convention which took place in Savannah this year. Margo & I get together every year after Fitbloggin to chat for an hour or so on her podcast to talk about what we loved (and didn’t love) whilst hanging out with our fitness peeps.

This year we wound up spending so much time talking about the John Brendt book (and later the Clint Eastwood film) Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil that it got me thinking—maybe Margo & I can co-host a podcast based on the two of us just chatting about books and movies? No kids, no diets, no workouts, no #justtrollin and no “how do I manage all of the facets of my life” kind of podcast. We are going to keep it fun and lively because dammit—we all deserve to have both in our lives!

So guess what?  We are going live this Friday, August 1st at 6 pm eastern time and then the link will be available online and on ITunes. Please check back with us either on our brand new Facebook page Book vs. Movie (which we encourage you to “like”) to get all of our latest news and to know what exactly we will be talking about for each episode.

For the Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil book you should be able to find it at your local library (it’s one of those sensations that will always be popular) but you can also find second-hand copies on Amazon.com for less than a penny (minus shipping and handling, of course.)

The Clint Eastwood film is available Amazon.com, ITunes and if you are a real cheapskate— the full movie is on YouTube.

We will be working out a schedule for the upcoming podcasts soon as we have SO many great ideas on what books & films we want to discuss in the future.

Now if you can stand my enthusiasm for this even more–here is my Vlog for this week (my 90th!)

 

Are there any book & Movies you want us to feature on our show? Leave a comment below.

Cannot wait to get started with this new adventure! (Power Margos!)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Fitness magazine April issue @FitnessMagazine 5

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness

April 2014

Model Carolinne Rosso photographed by Jeff Olson

Model Carolinne Rosso photographed by Jeff Olson

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

 “Express Workout”

One of my favorite classes I tried out for Fit Bottomed Girls was at the Simone De La Rue studio “Body by Simone.” Check out Simone’s killer moves here that will get your legs into strong & sexy shape.

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“The Ultimate Lean Routine”

I have been hearing all about the Pure Yoga and the “sweaty mix” of their PXT classes and in this issue they feature moves from PXT that utilizes gliding disks and hand weights to make you strong and lean. Me likey!

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“Fit to be Tied”

Spring means outdoor running again (yay!) so check out this guide on the best sneakers for all kinds of activities.

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“Play Dirty!”

Personally I have yet to try a mud run but apparently most of the participants are women (go figure!) Muderella trainer Miriam Wasmund offers tips on surviving your first time running with the muddy folks.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Juice It Up” Juicing is a trend that refuses to go away so writer Jessica Girdwain looked into how to get the most out of those popular drinks.
  • “Crank Up the Cardio” Jim Karas’ newest book The Ultimate Diet Revolution will give you great ideas on how to use High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that will get you healthy in record time.
  • “Pretty Amazing” The latest beauty gear that will help troublesome skin woes, whiten teeth, and more.

Overall Grade:

A  This issue has good workouts, excellent information and a few great beauty stories. Me likey!

 

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Blog: The Sad Optimist and the Mitt Documentary 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick

Tales of An Occasionally Bummed Out Optimist & the Mitt Romney Documentary

“The optimist sees good advance, though progress oft is slow; and if he is, by any chance immersed in tears of woe, he soon emerges from his trance, his teardrops cease to flow”

“The Sad Optimist” by Walt Mason (1921)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all?

I will be honest—I have felt better in my life. It could just be this seemingly endless winter season (we are supposed to get ANOTHER snow storm this week!) that is giving me a case of the SADs or perhaps it is just a phase that needs to sort itself out but my mood has not been very fun lately. Not “can’t get out of bed” bad but “eh, why even bother with (insert task here)” kind of energy and malaise that has been weaving its way into my thought process. I do not want to go out very much or have long talks on the phone with anyone.  I am a little too into my Netflix queue.

I do have moments of pure joy in my life and still love teaching but there is an edge of sadness that has appeared and I think I need to just knuckle down and deal with it. As an eternal optimist—assuming things will always work out as they should is my “go-to” but lately I can’t seem to will myself happy. That’s okay. I get it, No one is supposed to be positive all of the time but my own downer feelings of late have me rethinking what I want from my life & expect of myself.

 

“Are you one of those people who are always in a good mood?”

Ugh—that question! It’s been a while but every so often someone who knows me only from teaching or cycling will ask me where I get my energy and why I always seem “happy.” I have NO idea why they think this. The answer is no—I am not always happy. People really get on my damn nerves sometimes. I am impatient with my laptop and am thankful living in NYC prevents me from driving because no one with a license knows what the hell they are doing on the road!

However, there has to be something I sending out to the world that many folks assume I have a sunny disposition so the world doesn’t bother me.

Let me be clear—I know exactly what is really happening in the big bad world out there. How horrible some people are, how hopeless some situations may actually be and/or my lack of being able to do anything to change any of them.

But I am in my nature—an optimist. The glass is half full. My home team will win that championship next year. Stephen King will read something I write one day and say “hey—nice work!”  And dammit—someday I will OWN A HOME and not be a renter my whole life.

Lately I have come to the realization that there just may be more sacrifices to make and I am NOT at the starting point of my next adventure yet.

And when I am confronted with hard truths and know that goals I have set for myself will take longer (much, much longer) to appear in my life—it really hurts. If a good attitude and hard work are not enough—what the hell else will it take? (A life of crime gives me the willies so that isn’t an option.)

 

A funny happened while watching the Mitt Romney documentary…

My Blog is not about politics and I try like hell to keep mine to myself so let me just say that I am a documentary enthusiast and do not consider the political bent of a non-fiction film when I decide to give them a looksee on my Roku.

Mitt is a behind the scenes look at Mitt Romney’s failed bid for the Presidency from 2008 & 2012. We never see his campaign managers or PR folks and only get a brief glimpse of his Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. What the films uses as a framing device is Mitt with his family (I think there are about 100 immediate family members) who are not only encouraging him to run but KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS he will win. If there have ever been a more pep-worthy group people—I have yet to see them. They close ranks and fight like prize fighters for Romney throughout the entire film.

No one ever talks about polls or the latest Times OP-ED. You never hear about the infamous 47% comment. The Romneys constantly serve as a source of inspiration and positivity.

As the film starts a visibly shaken Romney asks if they have the President’s phone number. He knows he has lost but cannot seem to understand why it is happening. It never seemed to occur to him he could possibly lose.

 

I kind of relate to Mitt…

No—I do not want to be all-powerful or have as much responsibility as the President of the United States. But I know what it is like to lose and wonder what the hell happened. Sometimes I am so damn optimistic that I forget to really look at the small details or fail to remember that fallbacks and letdowns are a part of a successful journey. You don’t always get what you want when you want it.

That it is okay to be scared and anxious about the future. And just because you can manifest something into your life it doesn’t mean it will guarantee happiness.

Mitt frets that people will forever view him as a loser and so do I. Positive people feel the sting of rejection in a way that cynics can’t understand. It’s more than a physical pain—it leaves a scar. We feel embarrassed for letting people down. We hate ourselves for messing up.

This is not about perfectionism (for the life of me I do NOT understand those folks!) It’s not even about “winning” so much as goal-reaching. Positive energy and a good mental attitude are supposed to be so powerful. It can cure people of ailments and make the impossible happen.

Except when it doesn’t.

That’s how I can relate to Mitt.

Truthfully—If I were him I would take some of the money from that big old bank account, wipe my tears and get a hobby stat. But that’s just me.

 

Life like is a marathon (or a century ride) and the journey itself is the reward.

So I am taking this downtime to reflect and pause. Allow a few tears to flow and remember to take a dance break once each day until I get my full-on groove back. My bike will soon go to the shop to be refreshed and dust-free.  My dreams are just starting to take hold in my life.

I am a sad little optimist right now but don’t you fret. My smile will be back soon!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Fit Approach & Uniquely Lorna Jane Twitter Party!

Thursday, March 20 5 PM PST/8 PM PST

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Let’s Talk Fitness & Fashion for Spring 2014!!

(You Might Win a $150 Shopping Spree As Well!)

 

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Hey Gang!

Are you ready for spring? If you are dealing with a winter like we have had here on the East Coast then I bet your answer will be “Yes!”

So how about we all get in the mood by talking about spring fashion and wearing another color other than black to the gym?

Well you are in luck because there will be a twitter chat today talking about those very things with the fabulous people at Lorna Jane activewear and their brand-new spring collection–Uniquely Lorna Jane.

Fit Approach is co-hosting this online party and I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out a couple of their latest items—wee! My favorite is the Ziva Excel tank which you can see me wearing right here:

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Best part about this Twitter party—the person who participates the most in the discussion will win a $150 shopping spree at Lorna Jane—win/win people!

So be sure to follow Fit Approach on Twitter @FitApproach, Lorna Jane @LornaJaneActiver and follow the hashtag #uniquelyLJ

RSVP for Twitter party here!

 

 

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Christian Castano of Super Star Gym

Christian Castano of Superstar Gym

Hey All!

Be sure to check out my newest article for Fit Bottomed Girls http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2014/02/superstar-gyms-fitwalker-off-grid-treadmill-class/

It’s almost spring-like weather here. Hope it is warming up wherever you are as well. If not, well take a look at Christian’s picture  above and see if that doesn’t heat things up for ya!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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