What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine March Issue with Lucy Liu!

What Did We Learn This Month?

Fitness: March 2013

Lucy Liu photographed by Brian Bowen Smith.

Lucy Liu photographed by Brian Bowen Smith.

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

Lucy Liu
How much do I love Lucy Liu? THIS MUCH!! The star of some of my favorite movies ever (Charlie’s Angels & Kill Bill) talks about how she keeps in amazing shape for her 16-hour shoots on Elementary. Turns out she is a big fan of both Pilates and running on her treadmill.

Check out Lucy’s at-home routine here:

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“Burn & Firm”
Are you looking for some CrossFit, people?! Well check out this routine from head trainer Megan May. Me likey!

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“Rev Up Your Reps”
Fitness asked one of my all-time heroes Jackie Mother F***in’ Warner to offer her advice on how to amp up your cardio to make amp up the calorie burn.

Also features some cute t-shirts on the bottom which give me the “I Wants.” (My birthday is March 29th for anyone BFC fans who want to get me a little something…)

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“Wanna Lift”
Something must be happening to me because I am really starting like high heel sneakers. (March 29th folks!)

I like the Nike Dunk Sky High Kicks (second from left.)

I like the Nike Dunk Sky High Kicks (second from left.)

“Ready, Set, Run!”
I love this feature though I am not a runner at all. If you are looking to train for a 5k, 10k or half-marathon—this is the best guide I have seen yet this year.

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“Buddy Up”
Another great workout (are you paying attention Health magazine link here) which features partner-based exercises and brought to us by Astrid McGuire of Barry’s Bootcamp.

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:
“Running Saved My Marriage” I loved this personal story about Danielle Murphy of Windermere, Florida who lost over 90 pounds by setting up running goals with her husband.
“Grin and Bare It” Fun beauty story about how to get rid of unwanted body hair.
“Break the Headache Curse” If you have headache issues (as I do from time to time) then check out this feature.
“Souper Stars” Juno DeMelo tried out a whole slew of canned soups to find the healthiest options available on the market.

Overall Grade:
A- My favorite “March” fitness & health magazine I have read so far. Good work Fitness!!

You can follow Fitness magazine at http://www.fitnessmagazine.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 25: My Advice to Fitness/Yoga Instructors, Leslie Sansone Giveaway @AnchorBayEnt

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 25

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 25: Featuring My Advice to Fitness & Yoga Instructors &
My Leslie Sansone Walk DVD Giveaway
Leslie Sansone: Just Walk: Walk Away Extra Belly Today

Leslie Sansone DVD Giveaway

Leslie Sansone DVD Giveaway

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Thanks so much for coming back to my Blog and taking a gander at my latest Vlog episode. I also have a pretty cool DVD to give away this week—LESLIE SANSONE: JUST WALK: Walk Away Extra Belly Weight Today.
When prepping today’s Vlog I thought about all of the friends in my circle who have become yoga & spin instructors in the last few months and what helpful tips I wanted to offer them. So here is it is!! My personal advice to fitness instructors and personal trainers (plus my latest DVD giveaway.) Please enjoy:



Got that? Now here is some more information about Leslie Sansone’s DVD:

 Join Leslie Sansone for a Belly Blasting Walk in Your Home!

Beverly Hills, CA – All the crunches in the world can only do so much without calorie burning cardio to reduce that extra weight around the middle. When one’s abs are out of shape it can affect the back, posture, comfort and confidence. Yet, getting them back can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. America’s #1 Walking Expert, Leslie Sansone, has created a new walking plan that burns calories and tones the core muscles – front AND back. Join Leslie and her team anytime for the new “Leslie Sansone: Just Walk: Belly Blasting Walk” DVD. This brand new production provides the best of both worlds with a “2 FAST MILE” cardio walk and two 10-minute sessions of concentrated core work. It is available in stores and on Amazon now for a suggested retail price of $14.98.
The two-mile group walk adds fun, core-focused moves to Sansone’s four basic steps that are so familiar to her fans. The music keeps everyone on pace. There’s even a hit song included. The one-on-one toning sessions put the polish on the apple, so to speak. The first program emphasizes flexion, borrowing from Pilates at times. The second focuses on extension to strengthen the back as well as the front. Menu options enable the user to choose to do the complete program, just the walk or either of one of the toning workouts at a time. No equipment is needed.
For 25 years, Leslie Sansone has taught people of all ages how to get fit, stay fit and feel better about life. She has 70 million walk fans, and counting. What started as a few classes in her fitness center has grown into the #1 walking program in the world, having sold over 15 million DVD’s to date.
About Leslie Sansone
Leslie Sansone is a nationally recognized fitness expert, and creator of the Walk at Home program. She believes that our bodies were made to move and we can walk our way to health and wellness.

Here is a link to preview Leslie’s DVD:


If you are interested winning a copy of this DVD (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @AnchorBayEnt
I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, March 4th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? Health mag. @goodhealth featuring @JillianMichaels on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: March 2013

Jillian Michaels photographed by Jim Wright

Jillian Michaels photographed by Jim Wright

Health Cover Star for March:

Jillian Michaels–Whoo hoo!

America’s favorite cranky trainer is back with a new book—SLIM FOR LIFE and shows off some major hot moves in the new issue of Health.  (The only workout pages we get this month by the way—what gives?)

Jillian is now a busy mom of two, Lukensia (2 ½) and son Phoenix (10 months,) and raises her new brood along with her partner Heidi Rhodes. What the badass trainer didn’t take into account when deciding to become a mom to two kids at once was how she would fit in exercise into her new crazy, busy schedule (Sounds familiar anyone?)

Well, we are all in luck because in this issue of Health because Jillian offers her easiest “Ways (Ever!) to Drop 10 Pounds” as well as her own circuit routine you can do at home. See it for yourself here!

Love the "Figure 4 Squat!"

Love the “Figure 4 Squat!”

So what else is inside the March Health?

“25 Fresh and Easy Ways to Get Healthier”

All sorts of tips here on how to get your life on a healthier track including nuking the dish sponge (who knew?) dropping your panties (really!) and turning DOWN your iPod ear buds once in a while (gradually losing your hearing sucks.) Check out the magazine for yourself to find out why.

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“Exercise-Proof Your Workout”

The weather sucks completely right now and even I, Brooklyn Fit Chick, can lose motivation to go out and get my workout on when my body is screaming for my flannel pajamas and the DVR remote. So I liked these motivational tips on how to get my cold, excuses-making butt to the gym.

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“Wine or Waistline”

Did you know that alcohol slows down your metabolism? Especially in the belly where it will help store food as fat? I am not giving up my red wine anytime soon but this is an interesting feature on how to drink mindfully.

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“Your Stomach: A User’s Guide”

Having a tummy that behaves can mean the difference between a great day and the worst day of all time as far as I am concerned. So this article was really helpful for me. (Did any of you get that stomach flu that went around last month? The worst, right?)

(Blerg--was their dairy in that sauce?)

(Blerg–was their dairy in that sauce?)

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

• “Skin Doctors Reveal All” I love me some beauty stories and this one features the best skin doctors in the business offering advice on which products you should get today.  (Many available at your local drug store!)

 “How Bad is That Habit, Really?” Do you sleep with your makeup (never!) on or pop your zits (ew)? Find out if your undercover beauty habits are good or bad for you. (And for Pete’s sake-stop popping those zits!)

• “Should You Buy Your Meds Online?” If you have crummy health insurance (like I do) then this article will be really helpful.

• “Pump Up Your Immune System” How to stay healthy when the flu strains reach a Stephen King-like level.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade: B Once again we skimped on workout pages. What is happening with that Health? The rest of the magazine is a smart read, however.

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? How much do you love Jillian Michaels? Or does she scare the living sh*t out of you?

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog with @JillianMichaels book giveaway! Plus @SELFmagazine @FitnessMagazine @Shape_Magazine

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 24: Featuring My Latest Stack of Magazines to Go Through, My “Lip Threading” Mishap, The Latest Update on my Sexy Coccyx, Plus My Next Groovy Book Giveaway! Jillian Michaels’ SLIM FOR LIFE: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss  

Jillian Michales new book

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! How are you?

Things are good by me but busy, busy, busy on the day today (as I write this post) so I must keep things brief. (Sorry!) But the good news is that not only do I have a fabulous book giveaway (Jillian Michaels’ Slim For Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast and Lasting Weight Loss) but I have THREE copies to give away—whoo hoo! So let’s get to the deets.

On today’s Vlog (below) I discuss:

• My most current stack of magazines with some I plan to feature on the Blog soon and the ones I read for fun. (Really!)

• My “lip threading” nightmare and how grotesque my mouth area looks right now.

• The latest news on my coccyx bone bruising.

• The damn book giveaway—so let’s get on with it already, people!

Got that? Now here is some more information about Jillian Michaels’ SLIM FOR LIFE: SLIM FOR LIFE My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss  

Every week, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels energizes and motivates her millions of fans and followers — via television, her New York Times bestselling books, and her website podcasts — with her invaluable, straight-talk, tell-it-like-it-is guidance on losing weight and getting fit. Now she’s back with the book they have been begging for, SLIM FOR LIFE: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss (Harmony Books, on sale February 12).

In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian cuts through all the conflicting and complicated information about losing weight. Taking everything she’s learned, she has crafted an easier approach to helping you win your battle with weight so you can slim down for life. She shares her hard-earned secrets made simple — no gimmicks — all strategies and tips on eating, moving, shopping, and living that will transform your body.

Jillian has cracked the weight-loss code, giving you everything you need to personalize the plan and achieve dramatic results. There are calorie-crunching movements that get your burn on, ideas on avoiding self-sabotage, and methods to supercharge your slim. Plus, she offers hundreds of simple ideas and answers to those challenges and situations that might have thrown you off your game in the past. In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian reveals her secrets on:

• Optimizing your fat-burning potential

• Handling hunger and cravings, as well as avoiding diet trends that damage your metabolism, making it harder for you to lose

• Cracking the exercise code, because the quality of your workout — more than quantity — holds the key to success

• Inspiration to change course, build support, and cultivate lasting motivation

• Surefire ways to navigate pitfalls presented by those situations you come up against – from “It’s not in my budget” and time constraints to fitting in workouts with kids

• Facts about fasting, and why it is never a good idea

• How to eat, move, work (yes, work) and live in manageable and enjoyable ways that facilitate a slim physique

• How to supplement strategically with easy and tasty slimming foods and substitutions

• Managing stress to help ignite your metabolism

• How to “green your routine,” and remove toxins from your food and home to help you get and stay slim

• Plus, dressing to accentuate your slim, and the beauty products that support your health, not derail it

With savvy tips and actionable advice, Jillian Michaels helps you build a personalized plan that will bring out your inner slim, forever. Her advice is doable, sustainable, fast, and affordable. In SLIM FOR LIFE, Jillian is the advocate you’ve always wanted and the weight-loss coach who helps you taste success by doing what’s manageable for your life, while giving you better results than you imagined possible.

If you are interested winning a copy of Jillian’s new book (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

• Post a comment on my Blog below.

• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @JillianMichaels

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, February 25th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Jessica Alba on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?  

Women’s Health: March 2013

Jessica Alba photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Jessica Alba photographed by Jeff Lipsky

Women’s Health Cover Star for March 2013:

Jessica Alba graces the cover and talks about her new book in the March issue. Yes—Jessica is now an author! The insanely beautiful actress has written her first book, The The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You filled with her advice on beauty, fashion, food and living the “natural life.”

Jessica is big on being kind to the environment. (Her business, The Honest Company,  sells eco-friendly home items) and she is big on organic beauty products.

Here is a photo of the lovely Jessica and some of her favorite beauty/make-up tips:

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

“Women’s Health Fitness Awards”

Women’s Health salutes the best in fitness & health with shout-outs to must-have home gear, the top “hot spots” around the country and the latest and greatest workout gear on the market.

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 “15-Minute Workout”

If your back could use some extra attention—try these moves from trainer Mark Merchant, co-founder of As One studio in New York City.

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“Fire Up Fat Burning”

I love these workout pages! Frank Salzone, group fitness instructor for Equinox in New York, shows how you can maximize your workouts and rev your metabolism into high gear. (Plan on using some of these in my boot camp class soon…)

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“Eat This, Cure That”

All-natural remedies to help all kids of annoying ailments from insomnia to heartburn.

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

• “Balancing Act” Women’s Health beauty editors talk about PH balance and skin type to show how it can affect your appearance.

 “The Secret to Staying Motivated” The five “instant rewards” of exercise to keep up the desire to workout when the benefits seem so far away.

• “Should You Play Doctor?” A look at “at-home medical tests” and when you should (or shouldn’t) rely on them.

• “Lighten Up!” How stress can affect your efforts to lose weight and get fit.  Don’t stress yourself out people—give yourself a break once in a while!

Overall Grade: A-! Loved the workouts and the motivational pages in this issue.

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

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What Did We Learn This Month? @OxygenMagazine March Issue!

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Oxygen: March 2013

Oxygen cover photo by Paul Buceta

Oxygen cover photo by Paul Buceta

What Do We Learn This Month in Oxygen?

“Girls on Fire”

One of the things I love about this magazine is the women they feature and by that I mean healthy women with real muscles! How refreshing is that, people? On the cover of the March issue we get four “fit cover models” who offer their advice on everything from self-confidence to tips for busting a fitness rut.

Here are the four models and their favorite time to get a good sweat going:

• Midori Rutledge: Morning “It sets me up for the rest of the day.”

• Rachel Davis: “I prefer afternoons but because of work, I’m limited to late evening workouts.”

• Angelike Psoinos Norrie: “Anytime I can fit it in, but when I lift in the afternoons, it makes my mornings super-charged with perfect meal planning and I have tons of energy the rest of the day.”

• Heather Robertson: Early afternoon—“I’m not a morning person. I like to have breakfast, a cup of coffee and go through my e-mails. Then I am good to go.”

“Zap Fat Even Faster”

I really liked this article which describes how to burn calories more efficiently by making simple tweaks to your cardio (running, cycling and skipping rope.)

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“Fix Your Tummy Troubles”

According to sports nutritionist and author Nancy Clark, R.D. close to 50% of athletes will experience some kind of stomach issue including bloating, heartburn and cramps. And women have ten times the GI issues that men do (wow!). Here we get advice on how to work with your belly issues (should you have any.)

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“Build Your Best Body:Month Three”

Looking for some ideas on how to mix dumbbell work with cardio? Try this section with some pretty awesome exercises that you will do in intervals to get some serious muscle going.

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“The Party is Over—Now What?”

My personal hero, Tosca Reno, talks about how she struggled with “what do I do now?” when her bikini competition (which she won folks!) was over. We have all been there. You aim for something, have a date in mind and then the event just comes and goes. Whether you won or lost—there is still that nagging feeling—what next?

I am a big Tosca fan. Can we get her a book signing in New York, please?

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Release Stress!”

Got some tension in your jaw? Is your neck mothering you? How about your feet? Do they feel okay? Well if your body is showing signs of stress—this page will help you.

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And now the rest of this issue of Oxygen:

• “Freeze Your Cravings” How good does mocha banana ice cream sound? Here we get a recipe for this yummy confection.

• “Time Your Meals, Get Results!” Meal plans for every workout scenario from early morning to you night owl gym rats.

• “Amplify Your Arms” Alicia Harris leads us through a super-tough workout for the “tricky triceps.”

• “Simple Sexy Workout” Oxygen’s fitness editor Rachel Crocker created this “killer circuit” based on simple old-school leg exercises that will get your lower body in top shape.

Overall Grade: A- Welcome to the Brooklyn Fit Chick monthly review group Oxygen! Now keep up the good work!

You can follow Oxygen magazine at www.Oxygenmag.com

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 23 with a Digital Scale Giveaway! @EatSmartScales

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 23


The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 23: Featuring Answers to “Random Questions” from a Fit Cheerleader,

Plus My EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Scale Giveaway!!



Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everybody today? I am having a cuckoo nuts week this week so I apologize in advance if I do not Blog as often as I normally do but I will get in as much as I can. First off today I want to say “hey” to my fellow blogger Janice of Fitness Cheerleader.com. She gave me a little shout out on her Blog and asked me to answer a few questions for her. Here is her link: http://fitnesscheerleader.com/about/an-award-from-wisdom-courage-power/.

I decided that today I would answer all of her questions via My Vlog and then get into this week’s giveaway—an EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Scale!!! This is a $54.95 value and a super-nifty item so pay attention on how you can win one.

Now on to the latest Vlog and the details of the giveaway!

The 11 Random Questions from Janice of FitnessCheerleader.com (@Fitcheerldr) That I Answer in the Video Below:

  1. What was the first sport that you played?
  2. What’s your favourite song to workout to? (Janice is  Canadian so they spell “favorite” that way.)
  3. Are you a cardio or a weight junkie?
  4. What is one thing that you would like to do better?
  5. What is the one thing that you do really well?
  6. Are you a back, side or front sleeper?
  7. Do you workout in the morning? night? or other?
  8. What do you do when you aren’t working out or blogging?
  9. Who is your celebrity crush?  ie: Who would you  like to workout with?
  10. How many burpees can you do in a row? (Yes – you have  to do as many as you can and report back to me).
  11. Can you touch your toes?

Got that? Now here is some more information about this week’s giveaway:

EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Scale

The EatSmart Precision GetFit is not your ordinary bathroom scale as it can quickly and easily measure weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using our new ITO BIA technology. This scale is perfect for individuals who are serious about taking control of their health.

BIA (Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis) technology allows you to easily calculate your body fitness by imputing information of gender, height, age, activity level and your weight. In bare feet, this technology sends a low-level electrical signal though your body fat and then measures the resistance the signal encounters. This signal is perfectly safe and will not be felt.

The Precision GetFit Scale stores up to 8 different users’ personal profiles and will be able to recognize these users as soon as they step onto the scale. This auto recognition software makes it simple to operate, since all you have to do is stand on the platform barefoot and it identifies who you are based on past weight. Not having to select a user gives it the same functionality as a basic bathroom scale with added benefit of % body fat, % body muscle, % body water and bone mass.

LIKE EatSmart Products on Facebook (link: http://on.fb.me/d3MFHO
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Follow the EatSmart Blog: http://eatsmartblog.com/

If you are interested in getting a EatSmart Precision Digital Scale (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below.
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @EatSmartScales

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, February 18th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Now I want to know your answers to the questions from above. Feel free to use the comments to answer as little or as many as you like.

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What Did We Learn This Month? @BicyclingMag @MoreMag @PreventionMag

What Did We Learn This Month?

Recaps of Bicycling, MORE, and Prevention

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

The East Coast is gearing up for some kind of a super storm (or just some rain/snow bull sh*t which always makes me crazier) so let’s call this our Pre-Nor Easter magazine extravaganza—yes?

I have a few titles today that will keep you motivated during the winter doldrums so let’s get to it shall we?

Photograph by Chris Hinkle

Photograph by Chris Hinkle

Bicycling: March 2013
“Safety Flair” Who’s gear couldn’t use just a bit more bits of flair, eh? I liked this page of bright-colored safety-type things that made me think spring is around the corner.
“Take it Inside” OOOOH I get jealous reading about indoor cycling tracks. Do you have one near you? Is it as awesome as I think it is?
“Balancing Act” I am a BIG fan of probiotics and so is Bicycling apparently—read all about it here.
• “Winter Warriors” And now for some gear that will inspire me more to get outdoors in the winter.
“Home Remedies” What every cyclist should keep at home to handle common cycling issues.
“The 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards” 5,000 readers answered the annual Bicycling survey and offer their opinions on a variety of topics from favorite pro cyclists (no one names Armstrong in case you are wondering) to whether or not they would cycle naked if they could. (Read it for yourself to find out!)

Check out Bicycling online here: www.bicycling.com

Katie Couric photographed by Peggy Sitora

Katie Couric photographed by Peggy Sitora

More: February 2013
Katie Couric: The star of the new hit talk show Katie admitted to having a pretty easy going life for her first 40 years and then she turned 41. Her husband Jay Monahan died of cancer in 1998 and then a few years later her sister did as well. Her time as the anchor of the CBS Evening News was troublesome and she was becoming more known for dating younger men than her news chops which would be irritating for anyone to deal with. Good interview with Couric and she looks fabulous in the magazine.
“Make Over Your Metabolism” More asked four women their secrets for managing their metabolism ranging in age from 35-53 years old.
“How to be Employable Ten Years from Now” I love this topic and appreciate the advice here for keeping relevant in your career. .
“Cancer: A Huge Leap Forward” There is an “unreported revolution” happening in the world of cancer research and treatments that could be a saving grace for most of us in the future.
“Boredom Busting Workouts” If you are looking to add a little oomph to your workouts—try some of these suggestions including: TRX, CrossFit, Barre Classes and Dahn Yoga.
“The Best Superfoods of 2013” Honestly—some of these foods that are being nominated by a variety of experts I have never heard of but I am willing to now give them a try. (Do any of you know about black garlic?)

Check out MORE online here: www.more.com

Photograph by Jenny Acheson

Photograph by Jenny Acheson

Prevention: February 2013
“4 Foods for a Longer Life” One of them is coffee so I love this list for sure!
“Walk off 10, 20 30+ Pounds” Three different “fat-burning” walks are featured here and will help you lose any extra weight with jarring your joints.
“Happiness is 10 Friends” Studies prove that women with 10 or more friends are much happier than those with five or less. Will you add to my friendship circle?
“A Crazy, Sexy Anniversary” Kris Carr is a ten years survivor of cancer and a New York Times best-selling author (Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips which I bought for my friend Jude when she was dealing with breast cancer surgeries and recovery.) Kris is also on the cover and gives an inspiring interview to Prevention in this issue.
“Hot Yoga Changed My Life—And Helped Me Drop 30 Pounds!” This is the true story of Johnni Southerland who lives in Evansville, IN and looks amazing. My friend Marrilee loves hot yoga. Have any of you done it. Is it really that cool?
“30 Days to a Healthier Heart” A Prevention special on how to get your ticker into its best shape possible.

Check out Prevention online www.prevention.com

So that is all I have for today folks. Have you read of these magazines this month? What did you think? Let me know!

Until next time!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Emmy Rossum on the Cover!

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: February 2013

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

SELF Cover Star for February:

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

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

So What Else is in the February SELF?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22 with Awesome News about @SweatyBetties and my @BalancedBites Book Giveaway!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22: Featuring my Chopped Off Forehead, “Sweaty Betties,” My Standing Desk and the
Practical Paleo Book Giveaway!


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

First off—I want to apologize for the cruddy “crop” job I did with the You Tube clip this week. (Oy!) I kept cutting myself off the forehead and had to go back and redo several times. (Does anyone out there want to volunteer to be my cameraperson? I can you back with gratitude and dirty jokes!) However, what I do like about today’s Vlog is the fact in it you see me making yummy bacon-wrapped chicken thighs—aw yeah!

Anyhoo, enough of my self-conscious complaining-today I am also announcing my latest giveaway—Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo! This is one of my favorite Paleo reads and I was thrilled when Diane herself contacted me to ask if I would want to give one of my lucky readers a copy for themselves. You can find Diane at her terrific Blog Balanced Bites (http://balancedbites.com/) plus she has a podcast on iTunes called Balanced Bites as well. Be sure to check them out!

Now on to the latest Vlog and the details of the giveaway!

Episode 22 of the Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Notes:
“Sweaty Betties” I am beyond excited to join the team of ambassadors for The Sweaty Betties—yee ha! I will have more details soon but here is their website in the meantime. (Thanks so much Danny J!) Check out their website here: http://thesweatybetties.com/

Metro NY Article: Check out this link to see what I had to say about sitting being “the new smoking” and what you can do about it. http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1160797–why-you-need-to-stand-up-for-your-health

My Practical Paleo Giveaway: (See below!)

You Tube Link Herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYN3YYQlZjc


Got that? Now here is some more information about this week’s giveaway:

Practical Paleo

by Diane Sanfillippo

With Practical Paleo, Diane Sanfilippo, Certified Nutrition Consultant and author of the very highly trafficked health blog, Balanced Bites, has created a comprehensive, user-friendly resource on the Paleo lifestyle that is truly for everyone.
Are you an athlete seeking to improve your performance? Do you suffer from health problems, such as an autoimmune condition, blood sugar regulation, or digestive issues? Practical Paleo can help you turn your life around. “This is not a diet,” says Diane.

“Practical Paleo is a way to change your lifestyle, lending to long-term health benefits. A diet is temporary: this book will show you how food works inside the body so that people can design a plan that works for their body.”
Diane’s developed her approach to a Paleo lifestyle based on her personal experiences. After suffering for years from chronic illness and digestive stress, among other deteriorating health-related challenges, she broke her diet down in minute detail and identified the culprit. “What I didn’t know about grains was hurting me”, says Diane.
Now a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Diane shares her discovery of how to become and stay healthy with others. “People are just beginning to realize that they are no longer destined to suffer from diseases, or even minor ailments—which are caused by modern food and depleting lifestyles.”
Divided into three parts, Practical Paleo is an invaluable guidebook, providing a in-depth look at everything Paleo:
• Part 1 teaches people the basics of why eating real, whole foods is optimal for health, including Diane’s signature 1-page guides to help put the information into action.

• Part 2 provides guidance for when a standard Paleo or grain-free approach may not be enough for specific health conditions, including autoimmune conditions, diabetes (1 and 2), neurological diseases, and cancer recovery to name a few, as well as for specific goals like fat loss or athletic performance.

• Part 3 includes over 120 easy recipes that provide the foundation for each of the 30-Day Therapeutic Meal Plans in the previous section.

One of the secrets to success with the Paleo lifestyle is personalization—what works for one person will most likely not work for the next. Diane’s 30-day plans and her delivery of the information relating to each of these plans allow each of us to truly help ourselves.

Practical Paleo can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Costco and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Practical Paleo is written by Diane Sanfilippo and published by Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. For more information about Diane and Practical Paleo, visit www.balancedbites.com or listen to her top-rated weekly podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast, on iTunes.

If you are interested in getting a copy of Practical Paleo (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:
• Post a comment on my Blog below.
• Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to both: @BrooklynFitChik and @BalancedBites

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, February 11th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!
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