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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 46 Talking about Forgiveness, “Barbra” and (Not) Getting Old #SweatPink 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 46

Featuring: “She’s Nacho MamaPodcast Shout Out, Learning to Forgive Yourself and

My “GI Jayne” Kickboxing DVD

GI Jayne

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all? Things have been pretty good by me but I have been thinking quite a bit lately on the topic of forgiveness. How, for me, it is so much easier to forgive someone who has hurt me than for me to forgive myself when I make a mistake. Are any of you like that? Do you beat yourself up emotionally when you fail to reach a goal or make a totally dumb error of judgment? Lately I have noticed many of my friends on Twitter and Facebook castigating themselves for bot ordering the “right” thing for lunch or not running long enough even though the weather is nice. Why do we do that?

This past week I made an error of judgment with a client which I could have avoided if I had just asked a question at the beginning versus trying to find the answer on my own (long, boring story.) And honestly—it has bothered me for the last 3 days straight. The only time I feel good about myself completely is when I am teaching and can shut out the voices in my head. Does this sound familiar to any of you? How do you handle it? I would love to get your tips!

 

Anyhoo—let’s get to the short list of what I am covering on this week’s Vlog:

  • The Power of Margos! Thanks so much to my good friend Margo who included me in her amazing Blog and Podcast and giving a shout to my Vlogs. (I am in such great company by the way!)
  • The Power of Forgetting the Past: My good friend Marrilee Wilson and her story of forgiving a former coworker.
  • Forgiving Myself: My difficulty in forgetting my mess-ups and seeing the same thing in many of my online friends.
  • The Fantastic “Old is the New Fat Talk” post by Miz Fit Online (Carla Birnberg)
  • Buyer & CellarA terrific play that is a fictional account of Barbra Streisand’s home mall. Really!
  • My good friend Alicia of Poise in Parma who helped me with this week’s groovy DVD giveaway.

 

Here is this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is more information about this week’s giveaway:

Cleveland-area Fitness Trainer “GI” Jayne Engeman Delivers a Punch With Kickboxing DVD Release

Reach for your goals. Experience the fulfillment of treating your body right.

CLEVELAND, May 14, 2013 /—GIJAYNEFITNESS (gijaynefitness.com) and trainer-entrepreneur Jayne Engeman debut first home workout DVD –GIJAYNEFITNESS Kickboxing – on May 28, 2013. GI Jayne Engeman harnesses over 25 years of fitness teaching experience in this 30-minute high impact kickboxing boot camp, designed with your body in mind, and challenges you to kick it with GIJAYNE.

The Workout
Kick start your day with GIJAYNEFITNESS Kickboxing. What began as GI Jayne’s outdoor boot camp for local Clevelanders now moves the high energy training indoors and into your living room. Engeman invites you to challenge yourself with, “Straight forward moves with a lot of intensity! Nothing fancy, nothing complicated—just hard work!” The 30-minute total body kickboxing workout is designed specifically to target your arms, legs, core and butt.

The DVD

The Motivation
Full body fitness is a way of life for Engeman, and it can be for you too. GI Jayne Engeman was voted Best Group Fitness Instructor 2012 by readers of Northeastern Ohio’s Cleveland Magazine. She’s an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and was the Featured Instructor at the Cleveland Clinic Annual Health Fair (2012). She teaches a variety of fitness courses including boot camps, kickboxing, barbell, weight training, core training and indoor cycling.

Engeman has been delivering her fitness expertise to Cleveland-area participants for over two decades, but now you can experience her motivating spirit, encouragement and energy right in your home. She draws her motivation from helping her students experience personal growth and progress toward their fitness goals. She focuses on the journey – not the end result – and expects hard work along the way.

Engeman also understands how hectic life can become. “Make time for yourself and your body’s fitness, no matter how busy you are. You can’t continue to use your commitments to family or kids as excuses. You can set aside an hour for yourself and your lifestyle,” says Engeman. Jayne also has a unique message for participants in their 40s and 50s, “It’s not about how you look, but how you feel.” She considers it her personal goal to help each student incorporate daily fitness into their lives. GIJAYNEFITNESS Kickboxing producer, Christopher Harris explains, “Jayne has the gift of being able to bring people of different fitness levels together as one. Her intensity seems to bring out the best in people, and that’s why we’ve continued to support her and come back for more.”

Get Started Now! Find more information at:
www.gijaynefitness.com
http://twitter.com/GIJAYNEFITNESS
https://www.facebook.com/jayne.gijaynefitness.9
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jayne-engeman/29/362/15

About GIJAYNEFITNESS LLC
GIJAYNEFITNESS LLC, founded in 2009, offers fitness courses and merchandise by ISSA Certified Personal Trainer Jayne Engeman. Visit online at gijaynefitness.com

Disclaimer: Consult with your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program. The creators, producers, participants, and partners of this program do not assume liability for injury or loss in connection with this exercise program or instructions therein.

 

Go that? Okay—if you want to win a copy of this DVD, please do the following:

  • Post a comment in the section below.
  • Tweet out your interest to me @BrooklynFitChik and @GOJAYNEFITNESS

I will pick a winner at random (Continental U.S. only please) next Monday, August 12th. Thanks so much in advance and good luck!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Check out @ShesNachoMama Podcast This Week! (Thanks Margo!) #fitbloggin 4

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK RECOMMENDS

She’s Nacho Mama Podcast

The Power of Margos!

The Power of Margos!

 

A big THANK YOU to my pal Margo of  This is Not You Mama’s Blog who mentioned moi on her podcast as among one of her favorite You Tube channels.  (Aw shucks!)

Check it out here!

http://www.nachomamasblog.com/2013/08/podcast-episode-50-youtube-playlist-and.html?m=1

All of you out there will bow to Margo Power!

Until next time…

BFC

 

 

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 44 @WalktheWalk Half-Marathon Recap plus Compression Socks and Tarted Up Bras #sweatybetties 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 44

Featuring: Walking All Night in NYC, Tarting Up Maidenform Bras, Compression Socks and More

 

Bra

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Yesterday/last night I had a hell of a fun time with our friend Toni Church of Running Loving Living and her buddy Crystal as they walked their first marathon and I competed my first half marathon for breast cancer awareness—yay us!

The charity is called The Moon Walk/Walk the Walk and after many years of taking place in the U.K. they held their first overnight walk in the U.S. which started and ended at Randall’s Island. A place that in all of my 18 years living here have never been to and I still have no idea what they actually do there or why it even exists.

The actual walk began at 10:30 pm and the point was to walk by the moonlight for either a half or full marathon wearing a colorfully decorated bra to show support of breast cancer survivors. Having never run much less walked a half marathon before—this seemed like a daunting task.

However, Toni is a very convincing person and, of course, I signed up to join her team–Empire Blue Cross.

Overall the night was fun and fabulous though I could have done without the heat, humidity or the drunks on Second Avenue.

Though, I must say, many of them were sweet enough to offer high-fives along with an encouraging “Atta girl Sweetie!” And they say you can’t meet a decent guy in New York!

 

But let us start at the beginning…

 

The day started with Toni, Crystal and I meeting up at the Millennium hotel and modeling our tarted bras provided by Maidenform. I was going to glue stars all over mine but the glue gun I bought did not contain any glue (grrr) so I slapped on a bunch of stickers and called it a whimsical day.

 

Toni went a foxier route…

 

Toni and Me Walk the Night

Then we headed up to Randall’s Island to look for our VIP tent.

Randall's Island? Where the hell is that?

Randall’s Island? Where the hell is that?

Did I mention the VIP tent? Well this Paleo-loving gal was so happy to be on the Empire/Blue Cross team because we got to hang out in the fancy VIP tent and chow down on some top quality nosh along with water provided by Balance Spring Water which rocked my word.

 

Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

Before leaving I was able to meet Ms. New York United States 2013 Stephanie Jill Chernick who is totally adorable and I plan to interview soon to talk about her love of teaching kids fitness and health.

She is the gorgeous blonde to the left of me. (Of course I am made to pose with a line of hot, skinny 20-something cheerleaders before I take off for a 4-hour sweaty workout!)

Cheerleaders

 

The walk itself was incredible (hoping to get more photos to post for you guys!) and though I was hoping to complete the whole marathon with Toni and Crystal—my knee gave out on me somewhere around the South Street Seaport and said TAKE ME HOME NOW!

 

So I did just that at the half-way mark. After bidding a fond farewell to my homies a sweet cop hailed me a cab to send me off into the night.

 

Here I am enjoying the ride home (ah—air conditioning!)

 

Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

My cat Sarah greeted me when I finally got back to Brooklyn (about 2:30 am.)

 

Lights out now!

Lights out now!

And she meow-reminded me that I should wear my compression socks and knee brace to bed. So take a gander at this sexy shot fellas—you’re welcome!!

 

Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

So those are my major walk highlights from my first half-marathon walk. Now on to my Vlog for this week! Here are the highlights:

 

 

Thanks for dropping by today! I will be back this week with my playlists and magazine reviews aplenty. So y’all come back, ya hear?

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 43 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag, Maria Menounos’ Laugh and @Walk theWalk NYC 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 43

Featuring: A Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway, Maria Menounos’ Laugh Plus (Maybe) Walking My First Marathon

 

Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

 

How are you guys? I am posting a quick Blog post today because I was out in the sun having too much fun in Prospect Park with my Peeps and forgot to get something ready for my weekly Vlog—oops! So let me just say that you have until Monday, July 15th at Noon to enter to win my goodie bag from this year’s Fitbloggin. (Check the right hand side and look for episode 42 of my Vlog for the full details.)

Contents of this here goodie bag are:

 

Anyhoo—back to this week’s Vlog post (which I filmed after getting in waaaaaaay too much sun) where I talk about the following things:

  • My nest reviews which include Fitness and Women’s Health magazines.
  • Maria Menounos and her distinct laugh.
  • Walking my first marathon Walk the Walk America
  • My upcoming interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runners World magazine

 

 

Thanks for coming back and I will be back here next week after (possibly) walking my first marathon. (Guess I should have trained more for it?)

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 42 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway! @Reebok @attunefoods 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 42

Featuring: My Super-Duper Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.

 

 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back and self-hosted ladies and gents! That’s right—Brooklyn Fit Chick is now its own thing and I could not be more thrilled—freedom!!! So in the next few weeks you might see some bumps and bruises of this little site exposed to the whole world but I am learning the ropes as I go along. Please forgive any typos or technological hiccups you see along the way. It should like spiffy and clean very soon.

A BIG thank you to Janice Luke-Smith of Borden Lane Solutions who helped me out on a moment’s notice and got me up and running in TWO DAYS—thank you Janice! Seriously, if any of you need help with your web pages—I say check her out first. You will be glad you did!

I also want to give a big shot out to Shelton Koskie of EightyGrit who talked me off the ledge when my old site had issues. He is an expert with WordPress and really knows how to maximize a site’s marketing potential. Thank you Shlton!!

Today I want to offer part of my goodie bag from Fitbloggin as my official giveaway this week. Whoo hoo!

In this goodie bag you could enter to win:

 

This week’s Blog post:

 Link here to the You Tube clip: http://youtu.be/Glmvd8bEBXg

 

 

Okay—got that? So if you want to win this goodie bag you must do the following to be in consideration.

That’s it! I will pick one winner next Monday, July 15th (Continental U.S. only please!) and contact them via e-mail. Good luck!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 41 Mentions of @Fitbloggin @FitBottomedGirl and More! 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 41

Featuring: Fitbloggin Prep, The Friends I will Miss this Week, Fit Bottomed Girls & Reggie Bush, My New Take on the Movie “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

 Plus a Tuxedo Cat Appearance

 

 

Dirty hair and alll...

Dirty hair and alll…

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I am super busy with my preparations for this year’s Fitbloggin and need to keep the Blog posting at bay for a few more days. Whilst at the conference you can (as always) follow on me on Facebook, on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik and on Instagram for all of my goings on in the fine city of Portland. (Never been there before—most excited to check it out!)

Do not worry as I will be back and raring to go next week and will even plan to start bringing back the giveaways—whoo hoo! So in the meantime—please enjoy my latest Vlog post and I will see you all soon!

Notes for this week’s Blog post:

  • I talk about my newest article you can find on Fit Bottomed Girls where I talk about working out with the Detroit Lions Reggie Bush!
  • Shout outs and mentions to my peeps who will not make it this year (major frownie face!)
  • My new take on the 1992 classic film Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (“I’m right on top of that Rose!”)
  • Tennessee the Tuxedo cat photo bombs us for a bit!

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 40: Talking about @BexLife @CavegirlConfections @CanyonRanch & Facing Fears! 8

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog

Episode 40

Featuring: Overcoming Fear, Bex Life, Cavegirl Confections, Happy Feet and Prezi Presentations

 

"Me afraid? Ha!"

“Me afraid? Ha!”

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you my lovelies? Good? Glad to hear that. This week I have been busy with getting my presentation all sorted out for my portion of the “Writing the Perfect Pitch” workshop for this year’s Fitbloggin and I must admit—I have the case of the nerves! This isn’t my first time speaking in front of people but it IS my first time using a program called Prezi and I just want to be worthy of sharing the stage with the superb Alexandra Williams and Kymberly Williams-Evans of Fun & Fit.org and the sublime Jamie Walker of Fit Approach. (Biting my nails in anticipation!)

I know it will be a great presentation and I am so excited to get a chance to help my fellow Fit Bloggers get their message out there. So I guess you can call these the “good” kind of nerves to have because it means I care and will give it my all?

However– I am having old feelings returning to my life and I do not think it has anything to do with what could be an immediate “unknown” in my life (presenting at Fitbloggin.). Rather, on a much deeper level I am incredibly anxious about the my uncertainty of my future. Don’t be alarmed—I am not sick or in dire straits (thank goodness!) but the last time I woke up every day feeling the way I do I quit my high powered job, went freelance and started teaching spin classes in my “free time.”

Hang on to your knickers everyone because I feel changes coming my way—big time!

These past few months my life has been twisting and turning in new directions with old stuff falling away and new things trying to make their way in and for some reason I have felt very “stuck.” Do you ever get like that? Like on the one hand you know you need to shake things up in your life in order to get where you need to be but are just so damn afraid of anything “new?” I really need to “unstuck” myself and embrace the wild and wooly aspects of living without fear.

Do you know about Bex of the fabulous Bex Life.com? (Of course you do—she is a goddess!) Anyhoo—Bex recently posted on her site Learn to Fall In Love With Fear and that is the motto I am going to use to get me through the next few months. I am going to learn to embrace uncertainty and anticipate good things coming into my life.

Who is with me? Let’s do this thing together dammit!

Now with that sorted out I wanted to take a moment and congratulate my good friend Marrilee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia for becoming a certified yoga instructor through Moksha Yoga Halifax. (So happy you are finally making it to NYC this week!)

And now for this week’s Blog post:

  • I talk about dealing with fear about the future.
  • My ongoing love for Cavegirl Confections—seriously you people need to try this stuff. (http://www.cavegirlconfections.com/)
  • The “Happy Feet” program that is starting up soon at the Canyon Ranch spa and includes a groovy new item call Sole Engergizers.
  • My latest magazine reviews of Bicycling, Prevention, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal.

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 39 @SweatyBetties @BexLife, Reggie Bush, @BrettHoebel @DosCaminos @OxygenMagazine 15

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 39

Featuring: Fun with Sweaty Betties, The Biggest Loser’s Brett Hoebel, MISSION Endura Cool Gear, Reggie Bush and

Sad News about Oxygen magazine

Sweaty Betties & Social Academy Madison Square Park NYC

Sweaty Betties & Social Academy Madison Square Park NYC

 

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back to my regular Blog schedule and happy to be reporting back to all of you. (Woo hoo!) This past week has brought so much unexpected fun that I am not sure where to start. So how about I begin with how my week started, shall I?

This past Monday I woke up to find out via e-mail that Danny J. of The Sweaty Betties (I am an ambassador for them) was not only flying into NYC from Dallas that very afternoon on behalf of The Sweaty Betties business but that she was also planning on staying with me! Yikes! After doing a quick, panicked run around my apartment to make sure it was semi-hospitable for my lovely house guest (this was the first time we met in person) I decided to give up some of my long held phobias about having company over (fearing of judgment is a big deal for me) and embrace the unexpected.

Turns out Danny J. is just about as warm, friendly and fun as a person can possibly be. My cats loved her (which is the BIG test) and I was given the rare privilege to show her how to use the NYC subway system which she took to it right away. Goo Danny!  Follow her on Twitter @SweatyBeitties

While Danny was bopping around New York she brought along with her the tall, gorgeous and immeasurably cool Rebekah Borucki of Bex Life.com who came over and hung out at my place for a spell Tuesday afternoon. (Honestly—Blogging about health & fitness has given me the opportunity to meet the best people in the world!) You can (and really must) follow on Twitter @BexLife.

On Wednesday Danny & Bex set up a get together of women from all over the East Coast (#NextLevelNYC) who have either belonged to the Sweaty Betties in the past or just completed The Social Academy (which I may just have to try out when it starts up again.)

On an unbelievably perfect day we met in Madison Square Park and let me say these are just some of the coolest women I have met in my life (I keep saying that, don’t I?)

Next Level

After a quick yoga/plank competition in the park a group of us had a mighty fine time at Dos Caminos where I sat with a group of Latina women who explained to me the number of names I have mispronounced over the years (I took French—get off my back!)

Outside Dos Caminos

Outside Dos Caminos

(Me with the incredible Danny J. One of us has experience posing effectively on camera. Guess which one?)

Mariette

Madison Square Park #NextLevelNYC

(Me and the lovely Mariette of Namaste Mari with a special photo bomb by Amber of http://exsoycise.com/!)

Now it’s time for me to introduce my Vlog post for this week. Among the highlights:

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 38 @KossCoporation headphones review, @Fitbloggin and MoonWalk New York City #Fit4Life 11

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 38

Featuring: My Fitbloggin’ Speaker Update, MoonWalk New York City Announcement, Julie Klausner’s “Gayest” Cabaret Show

Plus: My KOSS “FitBud” and “FitClip” Stereophones Review

(And TWO Sleeping Cats!)

Cool cat, looking for a kitty  Gonna look in every corner of the city...

Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city…

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

First off—my apologies for not recording a Vlog last week for I had every expectation to do so. Back when I started Vlogging I promised myself I would be sure to record a new one each weekend no matter WHAT happened in my life. But I will be honest—it was so nice to be lazy and responsibility-free for the long holiday weekend that I just kind of slacked off. Do you forgive me? (Pinky swear to keep to my regular schedule!)

Second—I am taking a few weeks off from giveaways. Just to keep things fresh I am going to store up some really special items to offer as a giveaway from time to time. Really—it just seems more special that way, no?

Today (as I am typing/recording this post) it is hotter than a whorehouse on dime day so forgive me if I appear to be a little loopy in my Vlog post. It was recorded in one take (oh, you DON’T say!) and features both of mah precious kitties so just take it all in and enjoy!

Featured on my Vlog this week:

I am actually speaking at the totally amazing Fitbloggin conference in Portland, Oregon—whoo hoo! I will speaking with 3 phenomenal women on How to Craft the Perfect Pitch on Friday afternoon from 1:00-3:30 pm so please drop by if can! The other gals I am speaking with are:

  • Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of the Fun and Fit Blog and Fun and Fit Radio podcasts (Follow them on Twitter @KymberlyFunFit @AlexandraFunFit
  • Jamie Walker who is the CEO and Cofounder of Fitapproach.com (Follow her on twitter at @fitapproach)

Saturday, July 20th at 10 pm I am joining my good friend Toni Church (of Running, Living, Loving) for the first MoonWalk New York City where we will walk a marathon around New York City wearing sparkly bra tops. Get more details (maybe you can join us!) here http://walkthewalkamerica.com/about-the-walk/event-info/  (Follow her on Twitter @tonee78)

The incredible Julie Klausner is having her first cabaret shows at Joe’s Pub (Too Gay for Brooklyn) and I think you should get a ticket and join me there!

My review of the KOSS FitSeries headphones (earbuds) for women. These were sent to me to try out from the good people at (KOSS) and they did not pay me for a review or my opinion—I simply do love my new FitBud and FitClip stereophones that were developed just for us ladies by KOSS’s female design crew and the ultimate fit chick (in my opinion) Dara Torres. What I love them about them:

  • They are very comfortable. KOSS designed them to be 33% smaller than the regular KOSS earbud so they will stay in place and be comfortable for all day wear (I personally put THAT to the test several times in the last few weeks and am impressed with their fit.)
  • They are sweat-resistant.
  • The cushions come in three different sizes so they are guaranteed to stay put.

My two beautiful cats (Sarah & Tennessee) are napping in the background so you crazy cat people can get your fix on them! (Follow me on Instagram at “margodono” for my cute kitty pics.)

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

 

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17 with Flip Camera Giveaway and @FitBloggin Mentions! 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Flip Camera Giveaway, The MILF Diet Book Giveaway Plus, My Struggle to Remain Coherent While Recording on Cold Medicine!

(Also, scroll below the video for my 2012 “Thank Yous”)

That's my cat T!

That’s my cat T!

You can enter to win this Flip camera but not the cat—sorry about that!

 

Happy New Year!!!

As I am setting up this post, it is New Year’s Eve and all I can think about is what happened in my life in 2012 (both good & bad) plus all of the wonderful things I am looking forward to doing, seeing and experiencing in 2013. Before I get to my list of what I am most thankful for this past year—I would like to start with my last Vlog post for 2012 which includes my newest giveaway (a Flip camera!), my current MILF Diet book giveaway plus my upcoming posts planned for the week.

 

My cats do not make an appearance this time but I am bit loopy on cold medicine so that is always fun to check out!

 

 

Got that? Okay here are the details of the Flip camera giveaway. All you need to do is post below and let me know what you would film for your Vlog posts and I will pick one winner at my discretion next Monday, January 7th at Noon eastern time.

 

The contest is open to residents of the Continental U.S. plus I am opening it up to the wild and wacky residents of the Great White North!! (Yes, that means YOU too can win my beautiful Canadian readers!)

 

Those who post to my Twitter feed will get extra consideration @BrooklynFitChik. Also—if you have not signed up for my You Tube channel (BrooklynFitChick1)—you might want to do that as well (hint, hint!)

 

Finally—I want to leave you today with all of the things I am grateful for from 2012:

  • Going “Paleo” and switching to a whole/non-packaged foods. I have a couple of friends who still can’t seem to understand why (even after all of my Blogging about the health benefits I have gained) I went on this supposedly “strict” program but in addition to losing almost 20 unwanted pounds since last December—I now have a new appreciation for food as a fuel source. This is no small thing people! (Yes—even a teacher can learn a new lesson from time to time!) Also, kudos and “merci” to Keri Olkjer at http://fitviews.blogspot.com/  for her extra encouragement and all of the information she offered without a bit of hesitation. Thanks Keri!
  • The amazing, wonderful, inspiring and unforgettable Fitbloggin conference in Baltimore this past year. Special thanks to everyone I met there including Roni Noone, Carla Birnberg, Steve Gray, Robby Lamb, Christine Assaf, Toni Church, Emmie Sandford, Jack Sh*t (unfortunately, I do not know his real last name!) Tara Martin, Meegan Dowe, Joise Maurer, Kelly Olexa, Brandi Koskie, Dr. Mary, Sheryl Yvette, Sue O’Lear, Susan Ito, Mark L. from The Biggest Loser and so many more than I can’t name in just one Blog posting.  I bought my tickets for this coming June in Portland and if I can afford it—you will see me there for sure!
  • My best friend in the world—Deborah Cota. Deb is a nonstop source of love and support for me and I just wanted to take the time to thank her for all that she does for me. If you want to find about Deb’s awesome books—check out her Blog The Kindred here: http://www.dantechronicles.com/default.html
  • My new friend Marrliee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who after only knowing me a few short weeks spent hours of her time trying to teach me how to record a podcast. (I will make it happen in 2013 Marrilee! Promise!) Thank you for being such a warm and wonderful source of advice and unconditional support. You are a true gem!
  • Jenn & Tish of Fit Bottomed Girls for (especially Jenn!) not only offering me the opportunity to be their New York City eyes and ears BUT ALSO for sending me virtual hugs and high fives when I need them. You are both exemplary.
  • Finally, I want to take the time to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you who take the time to read my Blog and watch my Vlog posts (especially you Missy Barnum, Toni Church and Jennifer Mitchell of the Fitness Bloggers group on Facebook who always give me their time and incredibly useful feedback. You are the best!) It means the world to me to know that there are people out there who are joining me on this journey to get healthy and feel good for the rest of my life. Let’s do this together gang!!

 

Well—that is it for today. Be sure to come back in 2013 for all of the health, fitness, food and pop culture you can handle in one blog. Big hugs and kisses to all of you. (“Mwah!”)

Ox Ox,

BFC

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