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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 62: Introverts vs Extroverts plus My Mophie Juice Pack Giveaway! 13

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 62

Featuring: The Battle between Introverts & Extroverts

Plus: The Brooklyn Fit Chick Mophie “Juice Pack Plus” Giveaway (Not Sponosred!)

You can win a Mophie Juice Pack from this introvert!

You can win a Mophie Juice Pack from this introvert!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Its Thanksgiving week and I am feeling more than a little ready to get some rest and not work so much. How about all of you? So in that lazy spirit I want to touch off on a topic that has been completely haunting me lately and would love to get your feedback on it.

Plus—I accidently bought the wrong version of a Mophie Juice Pack (http://www.mophie.com/search?q=juice+pack&gclid=CP6ijYbe-7oCFbFxOgodqgwAFA) that fits an iPhone 5 and will be giving one away this week rather than returning it because I love you all so much. You’re welcome!

But before I get to the giveaway—let’s discuss the difference between introverts and extroverts.

As long as I can recall I have felt like an introvert, not shy or afraid to meet people, but rather someone who is just as happy alone as I am within a group of freinds. The problem is that for most of life people have described me as “outgoing,’ “energetic” and (my least favorite word in the word) “perky.” (If you want to get on my bad side–try using that word in front of me! Grr!) So I can come across as outgoing and always the life of the party when that is not me at all.

It’s true that I can meet people rather easily and am a bit of a ham when I am  the center of attention. Teaching fulfills that need for people to notice me and listen to what I have to say.

However—I am not made of an everlasting energy source. At some point with every good time in my life (great parties, fun classes, a concert I waited months to attend, incredible vacations, etc.) there is a moment where my mind says “okay, that’ll do” and I need to leave. Like I REALLY, REALLY NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND RETREAT.

It feels imperative and I can’t ignore my inner voice when it happens. My brain starts to shut down and my vision weakens. My back, feet and head start to hurt and I can’t focus on anything relevant in front of me. I will yawn in the middle of a friend telling me an intense story or will just start playing with my iPhone on the couch rather than seek out one more conversation.

Sure there have been some occasions that staying longer and riding it out to talk to one more person at the holiday party or stay for just one more song at the all-day music festival have brought me incredible joy.

But more often than not when I force myself past my internal energy gauge it just wears me out. The light goes out in my head and I am running on fumes. My patience wears thin and I begin to resent people for not leaving me alone.

Why am I like this? Who the hell knows? I moved every few years growing up and was constantly meeting new people and having to navigate the social rules in each new school I attended. It was very hard at times and I was angry about it for years but I now honestly think it taught me to become more outgoing.

To overcome my introverted nature and learn how to reach out to others for companionship.

I can make new acquaintances feel like my oldest friend in the world in just a few minutes and can be “on” very quickly (and brightly) when I have to. Not everyone can do that. And I am not lying or being deceptive when I turn on the charm. If I say “I like you” understand that I really DO like you. (I would rather sit by myself than waste time on a jerk.)

Five years ago I began my life as a group fitness instructor and can say honestly that I am rarely nervous before getting up in front of a group of students. Even when I am subbing—there is no fear of failure. When people tell me they are too shy to teach I have NO idea what they are talking about. What’s there to be afraid of? Most folks are easy to entertain.

Anyhoo—several months ago I attended the annual Fitbloggin conference and had a chance to chit chat with Carla B. who is the creator of www.mizfitonline.com and is a big inspiration for me. Carla wrote a really amazing post about her reputation as a “ninja” who just disappears and reappears from the conference. Check it out here: I’ve Declared Introvert Status.

As soon as I read this my first thought was “wow—that’s me, exactly!”

Then—a few months later my Fitbloggin roomie Christine A. aka Dubya Wife; aka sister from another mister posted on her Facebook page how she identified herself as an extrovert and wished people would understand her point of view better. I can’t find the exact link she used on her Blog but here is a pretty great post from BuzzFeed: 25 Frustrating Things About Being An Extrovert. It has really rocked my world and opened my eyes to another way of living.

It never occurred to me that people who need to be around others all of the time can feel pain when rejected. I assumed extroverts just have nonstop energy and could care less about whether or not they are “draining” to other people. I now know that extroverts aren’t just “need machines” but people who are honestly energized (seemingly non-stop) from the company of others. I want to take this moment to apologize to all of my extroverted friends & family for not understanding you better.

You weren’t trying to micromanage or judge me—you just wanted me to hang out a little longer. To spend more time chatting on the phone about nonsense or dance to one more goofy song at the party and I promise to try to do both more often.

I am leaving you with this fantastic article from Psychology Today online: The Introverts Corner. If you have a minute feel free to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts on the great Introverts vs. Extroverts debate.

Now on to this week’s Vlog & My Groovy Giveaway!!

 

So let’s say you have an iPhone 5 and want your battery to last longer—stay tuned for my completely unsponsored, I am paying for this rad giveaway.

In order to win my Mophie (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest by saying “I am an INTROVERT (or EXTROVERT) and I want to win a Mophie from @BrooklynFitChik”
  3. Subscribe to my You Tube here (let me know if you are already subscribed!) http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFitChick1

I will randomly pick one winner next Monday, December 2nd at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck and enter as often as you like. 

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 59 with Weight Loss Rebels, Fit Divas and “The 21-Day Sugar Detox” Giveaway 30

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 59

Featuring: Weight Loss Rebels, Fit Divas

& Diane Sanfilippo’s “The 21-Day Sugar Detox!” Book Giveaway

The 21-Day Sugar Detox from Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC

The 21-Day Sugar Detox from Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I have lots of fun news and a new OMG-worthy book giveaway to talk about this week so I could just babble on and on and waste your time or I can just get right into it.

First, the fun news of the week:

Weight Loss Rebels

  • I am now officially an Ambassador for Weight Loss Rebels—whoo hoo! Weight Loss Rebels is an excellent fitness & healthy lifestyle web site led by the ah-mazing Meg Brown aka Fit Bitch who believes in “In a nutshell, that fitness and diet should not be a punishment, that it’s a psychological process, and that severe calorie restriction and excessive cardio have no place in anyone’s program.” Check out their site to get more details about Weight Loss rebels which now includes recipes by my Blogger buds Pineapple & Coconut and Cavegirl Confections. Do it!

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  • My friend Kelly E. of Curvy Fit Girl is featured as a success story in the November/December issue of Weight Watchers magazine! Kelly has lost over 100 pounds on Weight Watchers and following a Paleo diet and she inspires me every day on Twitter. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • STRONG fitness magazine: Did you all see the latest entry on the magazine shelves out there? STRONG fitness magazine is brand new on the market and aims to take on the Oxygen magazine audience by featuring super fit women photographed beautifully. Here is the cover with Rachel Davis (see below.) I will have a review of it soon!

 

Anyhoo—on to the giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Giveaway of “The 21-Day Sugar Detox” by Paleo rock star Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC:

Those of you who follow me know that I am a big Paleo follower (no, it is not a DIET to me nor do I push it on anyone else.) This plan makes me feel better mentally & physically than I have most of my adult life and one of my favorite Paleo cookbooks is Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS NC. This book is flagged and ready to use at all times in my kitchen with one of my favorite recipes being bacon-wrapped chicken thighs (nom nom!)

This past week she held a party in honor of her latest offering The 21-Day Sugar Detox which I had to miss because of work stuff (dammit!) but I was given the opportunity to give away two copies of her book (yay!) If you want to know more about the plan—check out this video from Diane:

 

Here are more details about “The 21-Day Sugar Detox”:

Are you ready to get your sugar and carb cravings under control? The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will naturally re-set your body and your habits! More than 10,000 people have already succeeded with this easy-to-follow plan. Now it’s your turn! In just three weeks, you can free yourself from cravings, regain your energy, and feel great again.

This simple detox plan will help you break the stronghold of your worst go-to foods: the sweets, the refined grains you grab on the go, even the many seemingly “okay” foods that contain hidden sugars. These foods taste great, but they make you look and feel terrible. They rob you of your focus, spawn irrational mid-afternoon cravings, and make it so you can’t even get through the day without wanting–no, needing–to prop up your energy level with caffeine or, worse, even more sugar!

It’s time to break the cycle. The 21-Day Sugar Detox offers easy-to-follow meal plans and more than 75 recipes suitable for all levels of the program. Even better, it gives you three options so you can determine the level of detox you want. Whether you’ve never gone sugar or gluten free; you already follow a gluten- and grain-free diet; or actively follow a Paleo/Primal diet–there’s a level for you. Choose the level that’s best for you — and bust a lifetime of sugar and carb cravings in just three weeks.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox even includes special modifications for athletes (including endurance and CrossFit/HIIT-style training); pregnant/nursing moms; vegetarians/ vegans; and those with autoimmune conditions.

Start The 21-Day Sugar Detox today. Why wait?

Whew! Now on to this week’s Vlog post with more details:

Got that? Now, if you want to be in the running to win one of the two copies I am giving away this week (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest by saying “I want to win @BalancedBites from @BrooklynFitChik”
  3. Use the hashtag “21DSDbook”
  4. Subscribe to my You Tube here (let me know if you are already subscribed!) http://www.youtube.com/user/BrooklynFitChick1

Enter as many times as you like! I will pick two separate next Monday, November 11th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

 

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 56: Talking about Jody @Truth2BeingFit, “Loser Gurl” and a Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” #sweatpink 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 56

Featuring: Jody of “Truth 2 Being Fit,” Dealing With Internet Trolls, Teen Bullying,

 Plus: A Review of The Vegucation of Robin by Robin “Ophelia” Quivers

Robin Quivers Book

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you fine people doing today? As I type this Blog post it is Sunday morning and I am staving off a slight hangover. Normally I teach three back-to-back classes at this time but last night I celebrated a weeeee bit too much at my friends Christina & Tom’s wedding (kudos kids!) So with the quiet of my apartment and the promise of scrambled eggs & bacon for brunch in my future I am writing out my weekly post and getting ready to film my Vlog. You’re welcome!

So let me get through a bit of housekeeping before we dive into today’s segment.

Affordable Care Act: I am STILL trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Oy vey! I managed to create a Login the first day but have not been able to get on to the site and actually sign up for anything. This is most frustrating but I will remain optimistic and persistent. And, of course, I will take you along the journey with me. (Have any of you been able to sign up yet?)

Spark People Activity Tracker: I was asked by none other than Miss Nicole Nichols herself to try out the new Spark people Activity Tracker and I have to admit that I cannot figure out how to get it to sync with my computer. Doh! If any of you can help me –please let me know. I want to review for next week! (Thanks in advance!)

Now on to This Week’s Vlog Items:

Truth 2 Being Fit: If you are not familiar with the amazing Jody of the Truth 2 Being Fit Blog you should check her out now. Jody is a super fit lady in her 50s who has a build that would put most 20-somethings to shame! Jody believes in eating healthy and taking care of yourself every single day and I am a big fan of her Twitter feed and her Instagram photos “Truth2BeingFit.” Jody had two exceptionally great posts lately that I wanted to share with you:

  • Are You Fat? Is This Fat?: Jody takes a look at internet trolls and their messed up comments that they leave on posts through Twitter and Instagram
  • Behind Closed Doors: Aren’t you sick and tired of people blaring out their health declarations over the Internet on how they never eat “ANYTHING BUT REAL FOOD” or that they “CRUSH EVER EXCUSE NOT TO WORKOUT EVERY SINGLE DAY.” There is a fine line between being encouraging and condescending. Between offering inspiration and being a braggart. None of us are perfect behind closed doors and no one assumes we are so why the pretense? Why make people feel bad because they failed to “crush” an excuse? Anyhoo—read this post and tell me what you think!

Teen Blogger Ally Del Monte. Wowza! This post from Ally Del Monte (aka “Loser Gurl”) http://losergurl.com/my-story/ broke my heart. Ally has been dealing with taunts and awful remarks about her weight for years (she has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) but a few weeks ago her world took a very dark turn when I friend of her attempted suicide.  Ally Blogs and Vlogs about her experience here plus you can read more about this remarkable woman with this feature on her from Babble.com. (We need more Ally’s in the world!)

And Lastly:

My Review of “The Vegucation of Robin” by Robin Quivers (The Howard Stern Show.)

Heavy sigh—where do I begin? I guess at the beginning. About twenty years ago “The Howard Stern Show” was introduced to the Bay Area (where I went to school) and I have been listening to Howard, Robin, Fred, Baba Booey and the rest of the gang most weekday mornings ever since. My favorite segment of the show is “The News” where Howard and Robin talk about what is happening in the world and generally goof on dumb celebrities, corrupt politicians and the everyday silliness of life.

I have to say that as much I as I adore Robin and would not want to listen to the show without her—she loves to spout off about her latest New Age findings that have absolutely NOTHING to do with science or reality. Over the years I have heard her espouse the medical wonders of coffee enemas, the Master Cleanse, psychic shaman in foreign lands and “detoxing.” And honestly, my attitude is if it makes you feel better than more power to you. But do no assume all people will have the same results following your plan.

Recently Robin dealt with an incredibly scary cancer scare (you can read about it here) and had to work remotely from home for over a year while she was attended to by  the expert staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering. (Trust me—if you get cancer—that is where you want to be treated. They are simply the best.)

Thankfully she is now in remission but it coincides with the release of her book The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life. This is a book she has planned for years and it speaks to her belief (at the time) in the Vegan lifestyle and all of the recipes contained within.

Well, here are a few of my problems with the book:

  • She promotes colonics which has absolutely NO HEALTH BENEFITS WHATSOEVER. Honestly, after all of these years she is still promoting this crap (pardon the pun.) If she was so clean and detoxified from it—then why did she get cancer?
  • Her complete mistrust of doctors and “Western Medicine” when the very reason she is alive is because Howard made her see cancer specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The woman is a former nurse but did not visit with a gynecologist for several years. A regular checkup might have caught the cancer much sooner had she bothered to take care of herself sensibly.
  •  She still promotes the horrible, awful, contemptible “Master Cleanse” which basically starves the body of nutrients for weeks and then encourages binge eating once you are “detoxified.” This stuff is utter f***ing nonsense and she knows it but is too proud to say she was wrong. (Bad advice that can exasperate an eating disorder, Robin!)
  • Robin does not eat many of the recipes in her book because she now follows and grain-free, soy-free and fruit-free diet on top of being a vegan. (Honestly—if you do not completely follow the lifestyle contained in the pages you should not promote the book.)

Whew—that is a lot for me to type out today. Check out my Vlog below for a little more about my thoughts this week:

 

Thank you all as always for taking the time to listen to me. And let me know your thoughts about body image, celebrity

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 55: Celebrating @SparkPeople @thecoachnicole @kickstarter @camillacooks 8

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 55

Featuring: Trying to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act, The Spark Activity Tracker, The Na-Mat-Se Yoga Mat Holder on Kickstarter,

 and the “Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook” Giveaway

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I have been deep in “online mode” trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act every single day since last Tuesday. You read that correctly—I have tried every single day for the last week and have yet been able to sign up for health care. Have any of you had trouble as well? I was able to create a Log In but cannot actually use this log in to –you know LOG IN! Most frustrating but I am going to remain optimistic and not panic unless the problem remains for another week. If any of you have been successful—please let me know!

Other than not being able to sign up for the ACA—my week has been pretty damn great so let me talk about it for a quick minute!

  • One favorite trainers in the world Coach Nicole Nichols of Spark People got in touch with me to ask if I would like to try out their new activity tracker and of course I said “yes”! This week’s plan is to take it out for a test drive and report to y’all on what I think about it.

 

  • Over on Kickstarter I happened across a very interesting project that aims to help yogis keep their mats clean and flat—the NA-MAT-SE yoga mat holder. If you are interested in helping a new yoga company get off the ground, be sure to check them out here.

 

  • I may have some fun news to announce in a week or so about a new brand ambassadorship on the horizon for a certain bike-loving blogger you follow. Stay tuned!

 

  • Camilla Saulsbury the creator of the healthy food blog Power Hungry while also being a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete and holds a Ph.D. in sociology (frightening!) Camilla has written a a new book called Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook and you can enter to win a copy by following the rules below. Good luck!

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is more information Power Hungry:

POWER HUNGRY: THE ULTIMATE ENERGY BAR COOKBOOK

by Camilla V. Saulsbury

$16.95; 152 pages; paperback; September 2013

 

Moms on the go, home chefs, casual and endurance athletes, it is time to shed your life of sugary, junk-packed energy bars. Sales of energy bars have seen incredible growth, with more than $700 million in sales in the last decade, according to Men’s Health Magazine.  Camilla V. Saulsbury’s new cookbook, Power Hungry® challenges store-bought snacks with delicious recipes, giving sports enthusiasts and foodies alike a chance to create nutrient-rich, healthy energy bars at home.  These recipes are 100% soy-free, and highly adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets, making them a great option regardless of your diet restrictions.

Saulsbury has a PhD in Sociology, with specializations in food studies and health, and brings her expertise to the kitchen with her energy bar recipes. She’s also spent the last twenty years immersed in the world of fitness—from teaching yoga to Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing, Saulsbury is the perfect combination of noted cookbook author, health and wellness expert, and athlete. She’s also a mom, so she understands that a healthy snack needs to appeal to picky eaters as well.

Power Hungry® boasts over 150 pages of gorgeous recipes, guaranteed to be kid-friendly, nutritious, and delicious. With chapters such as Super-Natural Knock Offs, Activity Bars, Endurance Bars, Protein Bars, and Raw & Almost Raw Bars, you’ll be sure to find bars you’ll make again and again. Plus, a comprehensive pantry section has all the essential information you’d want on those good-for-you ingredients.

 

Imagine, being able to craft your own delicious bars with flavors like:

  • Salty-Sweet Trail Bars
  • Morning Maple Bars
  • Flax Your Muscles Bars
  • Quinoa Chia Apricot Bars
  • Black Bean Protein Brownies
  • Green Tea & Ginger Bars
  • Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars
  • 5-Minute Protein Truffles
  • Carrot Cake Action Bars
  • Sticky Sesame Energy Bars with Raw Chocolate Drizzle

 

Whether you’re training for a triathlon, packing a lunchbox, or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, you’ll find recipes you’ll love—and a nutritious treat to boot.

About the Author

Camilla V. Saulsbury is a writer, recipe developer, fitness trainer, endurance athlete, and creator of the healthy food blog, Power Hungry. She also holds a PhD in Sociology with specializations in food studies, health, and medicine. She has been featured on the Food Network, Today, Good Morning America Health, QVC, and in multiple publications including the New York Times, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Clean Eating, Cosmo Girl, Food Network Magazine, and Pilates Style. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently lives in Texas with her husband and son.

 

Got that? Now, in order to win a copy of this book (Continental U.S. only!) you must do the following:

  1. Post a comment below (on this particular blog post).
  2. Tweet out your interest to me (@brooklynfitchik) and Camilla Saulsbury (@camillacooks)

I will the winner next Monday, October 14th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 54: Talking About What to Look Forward to in October @kmaecags @CG_Confections 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 54

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Forward To in October” Edition

NYC F/N Pop-Up Event, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, Fitwalker Classes, Balega Socks

& the Affordable Care Act (Yikes!)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week and I am getting excited about October. Why? Mainly because I will be officially ending my second Paleo/Whole 30 challenge on October 1st –can I get an Amen?!

This time was so much easier for me than last year as I mainly do live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle and keep grains and dairy out of my diet. However, this past summer I felt as if I indulged a bit too much in red wine, fruity drinks and fattening meals and wanted to “right the ship” so to speak. So the past 30 days I have lived completely Paleo and abstained from all processed foods, dairy, sugar, grains and alcohol. The one vice I have not given up is coffee but you do NOT want to see me without coffee. I refuse to go without my caffeine fix in the mornings and will not apologize for that.

And now here we are—on the cusp of October with beautiful, crisp weather and a season of delights to look forward to over the next few weeks. So today I just wanted to give a shout-out to all of the things I am looking forward to this coming month.

Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Things to Look Forward to in October:

  • NYC F/N Pop-Up Fitness Event: My awesome fellow Sweaty Betty Claudette Wilkins of the amazing gluten-free treats Cavegirl Confections will be joining two of her fellow badass fitness babes @jazzythings and Krissy Mae Cagney (http://kmaecags.com/) for a popup fitness event  (F/N Popup Event) to take place in NYC from October 25-27. There will be bootcamps in Central Park and healthy cooking classes in hell’s Kitchen—cool! Click on this link to get more details and purchase tickets; http://kmaecags.com/events-view/new-york-city-event/  I plan to drop by if that gives you any encouragement!

 

  • Danielle Walker “Against All Grain”: After finishing my Whole 30 on September 30th (boo-rah!) I plan to now enjoy some yummy recipes from Danielle Walker’s newest cookbook Against All Grain.

 

  • Fitwalker class at Superstar Gym in Tribeca: In the next few weeks I am putting together a group of NYC fit chicks to join me for a Fitwalker class at Superstar gym here in NYC. What is Fitwalker you ask? Well I am going to write about them in full for Fit Bottomed Girls but try to imagine taking a cardio/body sculpting class on a treadmill that you have to power on your own. That’s right—there is no electricity to power the machine—just the power of your legs to get it in motion. (If you are a fit blogger in NYC—let me know if you want to take a class with me at Superstar gym!)

 

  • Balega Socks: The good people at Balega sent me a few items to try out (they are well-loved in the running community of their blister-free socks) and I can’t wait to road test them on my bike this coming weekend. Bring it!

 

  • Signing up for the Affordable Care Act: Like many folks—my employer decided to not provide health insurance options for instructors who teach less than 30 hours per week so I now need to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. If you need more information—try the official Affordable Care Act web site. (Hoping there is no government shut down…)

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. Talk to you all next week where I hope to have my giveaways back in motion. Later!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 53: The “O” word with @MizFitOnline @SarahKSilverman @SELFmagazine 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 53:

When Did Getting Older Become a Character Flaw?

The “Mizfit Online, Sarah Silverman, SELF magazine and Confronting My Feelings on My Age” Post

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone? Good, I hope! Today I want to break from my usual litany of weekly nonsense to just one single subject—getting older. This is NOT a topic that I dwell on very often and normally it is not a “thing” for me. I just happen to be one of those weirdoes who doesn’t bother with “acting my age” or have “life plan” on where I want to be at different stages of my life. My attitude has been to just hop along and figure things out on my way.

However, this past week I have been hearing several disturbing stories about women either beating themselves up for acting “old” or being told they are old as part of a punch line. Sooo, this has caused me to confront some of my own insecurities which is never fun but (almost) always a useful thing. So now—let’s get to gettin’.

 

MizFit and moi at Fitbloggin 2012

MizFit and moi at Fitbloggin 2012

It all started with the fabulous and amaze-balls Carla Birnberg of Mizfit Online who posted a thoughtful piece called Is Old Talk the New Fat Talk? Carla is a mom to a brilliant young girl dubbed “The Tornado” and as a gluten-free, healthy lifestyle goddess she wishes to make sure her daughter never hears the word “fat” come from her lips. Instead Carla wants her daughter to embrace the idea of being healthy & strong versus skinny. To love taking care of herself and not to see it as a chore.

But Carla noticed that she was using the word “old” in front of The Tornado much more frequently over the last few years and wondered what affect it could have on her self-image in the future? Will she fear aging or see herself as “less than” as she grows up? Really interesting stuff to ponder and it did indeed make me go “hmmm.” (Shit—I am aging myself, aren’t I?)

 

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

 

Then last night I picked up the October SELF and was prepared to make fun of it AGAIN for being hyper-focused on appealing to 20-somethings (you can find my rant about it here.) Instead,  I was delighted to see an article self-written by a 36 year-old (who hates her thighs but I will write about that some other time) plus an actual feature lamenting young women who describe themselves as “old” with no justification at all—“Fat Talk, Old Talk.”

An example being: “I’m kind of an old lady. After 11, I’m like, ‘Don’t these kids ever get tired.’ Jennifer Lawrence, 23

Trust me, as a veteran of the 20-something years, knitting and enjoying quiet time is not an age-related thing. You are not supposed to party like Miley Cyrus all day. That’s how you end up NOT seeing your 30’s. And if you are in your twenties—do not whine about getting old. It’s tedious and makes you look like a moron.

 

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

So then my brain went in a new direction and it reminded me of a clip I saw online this past week when actress/comedian Sarah Silverman talked about her experience being the butt of ageist jokes at the Comedy Central Roast for James Franco.

I did not see the Roast but apparently Sarah was the victim of several “old” jokes during the program and very ably describes her feelings about the sexist treatment on the program Totally Biased. WTF? Sarah is old? Honestly, can you name anyone in show business who acts and exudes more youthful enthusiasm? (Man, show business sucks.)

Shaking my head.

All of this brought me back to a moment three years ago where I was at a meeting to talk about a business plan. In the proposal I was asked to include a headshot which I didn’t (and still do not have) so I included a favorite photo of mine. See below.

It was taken in 2002 which I realize was a while ago but I only recently learned about my “best side” when facing a camera. The photo below is one I always thought was a nice shot of me and caught my “essence.” (Sorry it is so small! It’s my only version.)

 

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The dude I met with said in an off-hand manner “when you formally hand this in, pick another picture. You don’t look like this anymore.”

Ouch. Oof. It was done so casually and out of the blue that I didn’t tell him to piss off. I just nodded my head and laughed. But that comment really dug in. I don’t look like “that” anymore. I look like “this” now.

Me

It’s a nice face and I like it very much. But I know that in this culture, youth is valued and I am not considered young anymore except maybe by the Social Security office. I am not young and I am not old so my life is at a middling stage (Not middle-aged—an expression I just loathe.)

There are so many things I can do now that I could not do when I was younger. A tricep pushup, a century ride, tuck jumps—the list goes on.

But women in our society are supposed to just take all of our knowledge and experience and hide away because our beauty is starting to fade away. Why is this okay by everybody?

I am still ruminating on this topic but would love to hear your feedback. What say you? What is “old?” How do you define yourself when it comes to age? I would really love to hear your thought on the topic!

Now onto this week’s Vlog post (featuring my “old” face!):

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: 5 Favorite Things, Eminem, (Faked!)Twerking Mishaps and a @SELFmagazine Intervention 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 51

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Favorite Things” Edition

Plus, What Happed to you SELF magazine? (A BFC intervention)

 

Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? Good? Great to hear! I am back in the Vlogging saddle and to be honest—did not have a clue this morning what the heck I was going to talk about today. Then right in the middle of teaching a class this morning the song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music popped in my head and I said to myself “How about just talk about your favorite things from the past week?” And that was that. So today I am bring to you the things that are making me happy this week. You’re welcome!

Plus, I talk about a magazine that I have not spoken about in months because they changed their editorial direction to young (and must be dumb) twenty-somethings. It brings me a heavy heart to do this as I try to mainly focus on the positive but I know many of you feel the same way so I am planning an intervention with the used-to-be great SELF magazine and hope it makes some difference.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Here my 5 favorite things this week in absolutely NO particular order.

  • The Instagram account for WhaleoPaleo: Yes, yes—I know many of you are tired hearing about “primal” and “paleo” eating but if you are just in the market some fresh ideas on organic cooking then you must add these guys to your list on Instagram. This weekend I attempted the “Cashew Hummus” recipe and it turned out so freaking dope! (That’s good, by the way.) You can still find me on Instagram at brooklynfitchick where I like to post about all sorts of things (but mainly post photos of my cute kitty cats!)
  • The Guiness ad featuring hot guys playing “Murder Ball.” I am not sure where the connection comes in (unless it is the standard “dudes love beer” thing) but it made me very happy to see it.
  • Eminem made a bizzare appearance over the weekend during the Notre Dame/Michigan football game. First of all—his face does not MOVE the entire time. Then there is Brent Musberger introducing his latest single, Bezerk, heading for “the top of the charts” while Em’s mouth just sort of hangs WIDE OPEN. Finally he finishes it off by very lucidly detailing his “fantasy football announcers team” of all time to call the Super Bowl– Brent Musberger, Pat Summerall, John Madden and Al Michaels. (He is ABSOLUTELY right about them by the way.)
  • I completely cracked up when I saw this “twerking gone bad’ incident. Hold the phone! Turns out this one is a big old fakey fake fake from Jimmy Kimmelhttp://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/jimmy-kimmel-reveals-behind-twerking-girl-fire-video-article-1.1450689. (He fooled me!)
  • The song and video for Royals by Lorde—a 16 year-old (!) singer and songwriter from New Zealand. I am no longer weeping for the millennial generation—hooray!

Finally—I am holding an official intervention for SELF magazine. Several months ago it was reported in the New York Times that SELF was changing their editorial to appeal to 20-something readers. That is their prerogative. But as someone who has been a subscriber and fan for many years the news distressed me and unfortunately it has proven to be for good reason.  In fact, the “new” SELF is “meh” for my taste and for that reason I have not featured them on my Blog for several months now.

Here are my main issues/problems with the new SELF:

  • Putting the age of reader’s questions everywhere. Constantly reinforcing that your readers are in their 20s doesn’t interest me (who cares?) There are already magazines for 20-somethigs (Glamour and Cosmopolitan come to mind) and good health should be a priority for women of all ages.
  • The “reader questions” have been lame. For example this gem–“Can a girl do a pull-up?” Grrrrr. And gawwwwww. Just make me want to spit nails. Don’t make me explain why.
  • The layout looks choppy. I am just not feeling the angles and colors that have been used to tell the stories. It looks as if you are trying too hard to appeal to the youth. (Who hate it when people try to appeal to them by the way.)
  • The content is lacking. Remember that your audience has a pretty good grasp on the basics of fitness so why not appeal to their brains and aim a little higher than 7-Day detox plans and talking about how to have drinks after work without getting fat?

Not all of the editorial has bothered me but they have lost their aspirational tone. Lately I feel as if SELF just wants me to drop a few pounds and shut up until I marry someone. Am I the only one who feels this way? It wouldn’t be the first time but I am totally bummed to have to even talk about this. But I can’t review all of the health & fitness magazines (including Fitness, Health, Shape and Women’s Health) except SELF and not explain my feelings.

Do not worry SELF. I will not abandon you! We can still be a thing. Just remember that your audience is sharp and already knows that women can do pull-ups (In fact—I could do them as a girl dammit!) They want to eat to be healthy and not “detox” (or to get skinny for an occasion.) They want to be inspired by your pages and not just look for quick and easy fixes (which will just set them up for disappointment.)

Please tell me that you are just going through a phase SELF. I still believe in you and want you to succeed. Until then, I will hang in there a bit longer.

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. This week’s Vlog post has worn me out and I need a nap now. Talk to you all later!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 50 Featuring @Whole30, @RobbWolf, @fhittingroom @Physique57 @Baristudio @mokshayoganyc 3

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 50

The “I Had Me a Great Time on Vacation” and “Back to Whole 30” Edition

Featuring Classes from Bari Studio, Physique 57, the Fhitting Room and Moksha Yoga

The Bari Studio SoHo

The Bari Studio SoHo

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone? I am feeling fit & fabulous after enjoying a solid week of rest and relaxation. Is there anything better than that? I think not and am ready to get back to my life which includes Blogging and Vlogging for all of you nice folks. Yay!

So how did I spend my week? Instead of working my day job, teaching or training I decided to go out there and try some classes out there that have always intrigued me and enjoy being a student for a change. So without further ado (well, there may be more ado about them in a future article for Fit Bottomed Girls so stay tuned!) here is a quick summation of the classes I was able to take this week.

  • First up we have Bari Studio in Soho where I tried out “Bari Micro”—a very cool 60-minute class where the focus was on the smaller muscles around your body. Really challenging and fun to try out. (See photo of the Soho studio above.)
  • Next I finally had the time to check out the celebrated “barre” class Physique 57 which completely kicked my booty. (Apparently Kelly Ripa is a big fan of the workout.)
  • The Fhitting Room is an Upper East Side High Interval Intensity Training Studio (HIIT) that is a big hit among NYC fitness editors so I knew I had to try them out for myself. Not sure how I made it through the whole hour but I will for sure come back (Thanks so much @erocfitness and @drossfit!)
  • Finally I decided to get a major sweat going with Moska Yoga NYC which is a fast-rising yoga studio movement which emphasizes kindness to both the participants and the environment. My good friend Marrilee Wilson studies at their Halifax studio and turned me on to their classes. (I just could not stomach the idea of Bikram yoga which also believes in a hot room to practice but is WAY too strict for my taste.

Whew! It was a tough week but like I said, it was so nice as an instructor to play the role of an eager student and take my game to a higher level in my own classes. (Thanks to all of you fantastic instructors this past week!)

So now that summer is on the wane and I have been indulging in a little too much “not Paleo” food and wine the last few months I have decided to start a whole new “Whole 30” month starting today. Hooray! This means I will follow Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution plan for the next 30 days and will NOT indulge in:

  • Processed food (nothing that comes out of a box or a bag)
  • Sugars (except from fruit)
  • Any kind of dairy
  • Wheat, gluten or grain
  • Wine (boo!)

If you want to follow along on my adventure be sure to check me out on Instagram where I will post my day’s meals. (Or if you just want to see photos of some of the cutest cats you have ever seen in your entire life!!! (Really.)

Lastly I want to thank Danny J. of The Sweaty Betties who featured me as an “Ambassador Spotlight” this past week. (And if any of you wouldn’t mind retweeting it I would be most grateful!

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. This week Brooklyn Fit Chick is back up and running and I am looking forward to getting healthy this fall with all of you lovely people!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 49 Featuring Tennis Stars, Flywheel, Plus My Offer to Get You a Brooklyn Treat! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 49

The “I Met Milos Raonic and Venus Williams Last Week” & “On Vacation and Need New Music/Radio Station Ideas” Edition

Posing at Flywheel NYC

Posing at Flywheel NYC

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am on VACATION so this will be a brief post to say “hello!” and a call-to-action. I need music and radio station ideas. Really. Please send them ASAP!  Every day I seem to listen to the same radio stations online (because New York City radio is awful) and I am in need of something new in my life.

A few months ago I wrote about my current online radio playlist and while they are all still pretty great (well, KFOG is pretty terrible these days) I need MORE RADIO and MORE MUSIC suggestions.

Sooo, I am asking you all to offer me ideas and suggestions. What music gets you motivated? What are your “go-to” songs? Is there a station in your area I need to check out—please let me know and I will send a personal Brooklyn “treat” to all who help me out. Not sure what that treat will be but each and every one of you will receive one. Sounds good?

Also, in this week’s post I talk about:

Here is a photo of Milos at the event (cute, eh?)

Milos

  • Riding (for about two minutes) with Venus Williams who was debuting her new collection at Flywheel Sports. Co-Founder Ruth Zuckerman lead our class which was a real treat for me as it is always fun to take a class by one of the industry’s pioneers.

Unfortunately my camera died and my awesome pictures have disappeared from my camera (dammit!) so I will have to make do with this one shot of Venus at the pre-event who was talking to a very “pointy” reporter.

Venus

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. I may or may not be posting this week here but definitely follow me on Twitter (@BrooklynFitChik) as I will be taking classes all over NYC this week. See you soon!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 47 Featuring “My 5 Favorite Things” @Reebok @StephenColbert @paulscheer @katespade 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 47

Featuring the BFC “5 Favorite Things”

Someone please justify why I must buy these pumps for myself!

Someone please justify why I must buy these pumps for myself!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This has been a fun week for me where I had the chance to connect with some amazing old friends and see a couple I love FINALLY have their relationship recognized legally (it’s the 21st Century, people!) This all made me want to appreciate how wonderful my August is turning out so far and  this week I want to offer the five things that are making me smile. And here they are:

 

  1. The Reebok Sublite 2.0 I received in my goodie bag from the Fitness magazine Meet & Tweet NYC. Reebok gave me the sneakers for free and they are not sponsoring this post so I can say what I want about them and what I want to say is these are the best damn sneakers I have worn in MY ENTIRE LIFE! I run in them, cycle, teach boot camp and walk all over in these puppies and they give great support and look pretty damn spiffy. Free plug for you Reebok!
  2. My love for the site www.jezebel.com just continues to grow because not only are they funny, smart ass feminists but they also love animals and offer adorable clips every day. Here is a video of a sexy Italian guy teaching his dog yoga poses. If there is anything cuter on the net please do not tell me—I could not handle it!
  3. Stephen Colbert really knows how to take a setback and turn it into an opportunity. Earlier this week when Daft Punk rudely dropped out of an appearance on his show and Colbert was clearly NOT happy about it. But in the end he took their song “Get Lucky” and made a star-studded video (featuring Jeff Bridges, The Rocketttes, Matt Damon and more) that made me smile so hard my face started to hurt. How lucky are we to be alive watch him at the top of his game?
  4. The ArScheerio Paul Show which features comedian Paul Scheer who recreates old Arsenio Hall Show interviews featuring himself as “ArScheerio Paul” and his comic friends in the parts of past famous guest. For example Will Arnett as “Bill Clinton” and (my favorite) Alison Brie as “Madonna” and Adam Pally as “Rosie O’Donnell”. I remember these interviews the first time around and thinking they were pretty cray for the time. I will embed clips below of the original interview of Rosie and Madonna as it is an incredible time capsule as one woman is at the top of her fame and her new BFF starting to figure out her way (and dodge the “who are you dating” question.)
  5. The Kate Spade shoes I had the pleasure of trying on at a friends wedding after-party (I will explain in the Vlog.) There is no reason for me to get these shoes except that I just really, REALLY want them. (Must resist temptation…)

Anyhoo—here is this week’s Vlog post:

 

And here is the ArSheerio Hall Show Clip of “Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell”

Now, check out the real interview! (How bitchy is Madonna by the way? I miss this girl.)

 

That’s all for me today. Hope you are all enjoying your August as well! Smooches!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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