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What Did We Learn This Month? @WomensHealthMag with Khloe Kardashian 15

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

September 2015

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Khloe Kardashian photographed by James White

Women’s Health Cover Star for September 2015: 

Confession time—I have never seen one episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know they are insanely famous for…um, going to places well-dressed? I am also aware as a social media person that all of the K’s (Kim, Kourtney, Kendall; Kylie, Kris and the Women’s Health cover gal Khloe) have millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Brands pay them for every retweet, repost and shout out whilst they traverse the globe in an array of outfits.

Yet I have NO idea how to differentiate any of the girls except for Khloe who is taller and tougher looking than the rest of the K’s. She always looks fierce and ready to have a great time or kick ass at any moment.

Something tells me Khloe and I could be friends so I am happy to hear how she gets healthy. The woman looks amazing on the cover (not a stick figure and sculpted) and I want to give her a chance.

The first page of the interview I could not read because they printed it with a wheat field background. Look for yourself!

Khloe inside 001

(Hmm, the scan seemed to do the trick. If you can’t read your copy just scan the page I guess!)

But the rest of the interview taught me that after her father passed away when she was a teenager she turned to food and alcohol to cope. The press has teased her for years for being a big girl and it messed with her self-image. Working out helps Khloe manage her stress levels and maintain a positive outlook.

Inside the magazine she offers some of her favorite workout moves from her trainer Gunnar Peterson. (Check it out here)

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So what else is in this issue of Women’s Health

“Urine Trouble” (See what they did there?)

All kidding aside this is a helpful chart for any urinary tract issues you may have in your lifetime.

Urine Trouble 001

“15-Minute Workout: Blast Your Upper Half!”

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with Ashley Borden at Fitbloggin in Savannah and was impressed with her ability to relate to the crowd. She loves teaching and fitness so I am happy to help promote her workout featured in this issue.

15 Minute workout 001

“Sneaks on Fleek”

Marathon season continues the next few months so if you are looking for some new gear—check out this page. (Now will someone please tell me what the heck “fleek” means and why I should” be “on” it? Merci in advance!)

Sneaks on Fleek 001

“Hot Fall Fashion”

The September issue is a flip one where one half is all about fitness and the other is all about fall fashions. According to Women’s Health culottes will be making a comeback?

What do you think of that? I love the 70s aesthetic but these not long or short pants leave me confused.

Cullotes 001

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

  • “New Rules of the Weight Room” Rule number one should be “Do NOT answer your cell phone in class!” Someone did just that this past Saturday and I am still steaming about it. #rude
  • “Your Body on Antioxidants” What the hell do they actually do anyway? Find out in this issue on page 88.

Overall Grade:

A-  Great issue with good workouts though once again I want more of them!

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

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Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 102: Amazing Fighters of Sexism, NYC Fit Bloggin Meet Up and More! 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #102

The Amazing Erin Brown and The Awesome Karl Stefanovic,

 NYC Fitbloggin Tweet-Up Date!!

Plus: Book vs. Movie Podcast “Wizard of Oz” Is Live!

Me

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone today? I had a crazy busy weekend and could not seem to find the time to get to this post but darn it—I am going to make it happen today. This week I want to present a couple of my favorite news stories and posts from this past week plus I drop a hint about the next NYC Meet-Up for Fitbloggin Peeps. Oh, and we have a new episode of Book Vs Movie where we talk about the Merry Old land of Oz so let’s get to it—shall we!

  • The Fabulous Erin Brown: I am a longtime fan of Erin Brown who is an inspirational gal who describes herself as “ Writer. Lecturer. Wellness junkie. Bad ass mother. Woman. I am Erin Brown.” Erin is a feminist and is a tireless supporter of women and protector of body images. If you want to learn about this fantastic lady and why I worship her…check out this post in particular. Erin is out to bash the body-shamers to bits!

  • The Awesome Aussie Karl Stefanovic: If you don’t know about Karl—he is the host of Australia’s version of the Today Show and this righteous dude was tired of hearing his female co-hosts get criticized for their appearance so he took on the task of wearing the same exact suit every day for a year (he only changed his tie) to prove that men are judges far less harshly for how they look. Well guess what—not ONE person noticed he was wearing the same outfit every day. No one. You can read all about his here from the Buzz Feed article and check out this clip from his colleague Lisa Wilkinson who spoke out about sexism in the media industry.

 

  • NYC-Fitbloggin Meet-Up: I am a little nervous about posting this as the Fitbloggin group on Facebook is “super-secret” but if you are a member—I am setting up a drinks date for Saturday, December 6th at 2 pm for the NYC area fitbloggin peeps. If you want to join us go check out the details on Facebook!

 

  • Book vs. Movie Takes on “The Wizard of Oz” The lovely Margo P. and I had a fun chat last week for our Book vs. Movie podcast talking about the crazy differences between the book and movie The Wizard of Oz which you can listen to by subscribing to us on iTunes! Our next episode will be about the “Rom Com” classic Bridget Jones’ Diary. Can’t wait to dive into that one!

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

 

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Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 89: Big News, Cranky Fitness and Postcards from the Edge of Brooklyn 4

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #89

Super-Secret Project with a Fellow Margo, The Joys of “Cranky Fitness” and

My Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!

Could you use some postcard cheer?

Could you use some postcard cheer?

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am filled with good news today and want to shout it out from the rooftops but alas, I must keep it under wraps for another week or so. (Ooh—how can I keep this to myself? I am dying to talk about it!) Hang on impatient friends and family—there is a new project I am working on with my fellow Margo of She’s Nacho Mama Podcastand we are both crossing our fingers and sending good Juju out to the world that it will be something that lots of folks will enjoy. Not just our usual yoga, Zumba, spinning, workout and “playout” crew but also those who love entertainment.

Entertainment? What kind of entertainment Margo?

I have already said too much! Wait right here until next my next Vlog post (my 90th!) next week to get all the details. (Dying to say something but must restrain myself…)

In the meantime I want to introduce you to a new friend of mine—Jan from Cranky Fitness. Jan used to be an attorney and family therapist but now makes her bones as a life & wellness coach (as well as an ACE-certified wellness coach) and Blogger whose motto is “Healthy Living is a Pain in the Ass!” (What is not to love about this woman?) Cranky Fitness is an excellent resource on all kinds of health, fitness & nutrition topics including a few of my favorites here:

Jan also won the bike seat from Terry Bikes (and me!) at Fitbloggin this year. Be sure to check her out!

And now for my “Super Brooklyn Postcard Extravaganza!”

Recently I participated with a group of fellow Bloggers to send postcards to one another as encouragement and to say “hello” to people we don’t get to see in person very often. This idea had me thinking about all of the times when my students and social media followers take the time out of their busy days to tell me that I make them smile. I get so bogged down with all of my projects and responsibilities that it frankly makes me a “cranky” mess at times. (I know—shocking news, right?)

On Sundays I teach three back to back classes (spin/spin/core) and I have to admit there are times when I say to myself “Screw it—it’s Sunday and I am working again? Grrr!” (Especially on a beautiful morning when I would rather be out on my bike—double grr!)

However every week I still keep going and get such a happy buzz from helping folks end their weekend on a healthy note.

Today one of my favorites said to me that she loves my 10:30 am core class so much she schedules the weekend around it. “My kids know not to make plans with me until after 11:30 when you are done.”

This made me so happy that I decided to send my own encouragement out to those in the world who could use it. Are you in the need of a little postcard cheer? Then be sure to post in the comments below and send me a note on Twitter (@brooklynfitchik) and I will personally send you a postcard from my lovely Brooklyn. Really!

Here are more details!

 

Got that?

I will collect names & addresses until midnight, Sunday, July 27th (eastern time.) Hope you all have an amazing week and I can NOT wait to tell you my BIG news!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Super Duper Fitbloggin’ Recap Plus Vlog Post 87! 22

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #87

The Super-Duper 2014 Fitbloggin’ Recap!!!

2014 Night 1

This will make much more sense later on in the post.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am finally ready to put some of my thoughts down about the latest Fitbloggin’ convention (my fourth!) that took place in Savannah this year and offer myself advice for the next trip I take to the south. The days went by in a whirlwind and it was a great mix learning new skills and catching up with old friends.

I had a blast but let me make this absolutely clear—I would change some things if there were a chance for a “Savannah Fitbloggin’ Do-Over.”

  • Put “more” not less into the carry-on suitcase. It was so damn hot and humid in Savannah I mistakenly thought I could bring a couple of changes of wardrobe and be fine.  Soon enough, However, I was sweating my butt off and quickly ran out of options to wear to the multiple events held at the Hyatt. (Note to self—maxi dresses are a gift of the modern age.) If I had to do over there would be more options and less worry about saving space in the suitcase for souvenirs.
  • Bring a flatiron! It was over 90 degrees every day and high humidity so of course my hair had a freak-out. Managed to forget to bring a brush as well. (Also, never going to THAT salon on Fifth in Park Slope again for selling me a crap Keratin treatment!)
  • Pack the nice makeup: I brought along the usual “on vacation” drug-store mascara, eyeliner, foundation, etc. and every speck of it melted off my face in no time. Next time I haul my cookies down to Georgia I will remember to being the lotions and potions that work in any weather. (Think Sephora and not CVS beauty supply!)
  • Order some damn fried chicken! I somehow missed the opportunity to eat real southern fried chicken with gravy and biscuits. (Bad Margo! Bad! Bad!)

But other than that my time in Savannah was magical and I including a few of the highlights for y’all right here. (You’re welcome!)

Day 1:

I was happily surprised to find two of my Blogger friends on the same flight as me. Brooklyn Active Mama and Kimberly of Manifest Yourself greeted me at the Jet Blue gate which immediately got me in the mood for fun times and good vibes. Look how gorgeous we are!

 

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

Kimberly, Me and Schnelle at JFK airport

I landed in Savannah and checked on Facebook to find out that Thea of It’s Me Vs. Me was looking for a lunchtime pal. I asked if she would be up for a good old-fashioned southern meal at The Olde Pink House and we were off to the races.

Many friends and acquaintances recommended I eat at “The Pink House” and color me grateful for that tip. This will forever be known as the spot where I first tried fried green tomatoes and watermelon gazpacho. Talk about NOM NOM good? Check out the photos to get an idea of how damn delicious it was:

Fried Green Tomatoes:

Fried Green Tomatoes

“BLT” Salad:

BLT Salad

After our meal we were given the opportunity to explore the rest of Pink House (which was originally built as a private residence in 1789) and were completely blown away with both the décor and the history.

Dining room:

Pink House Interior

At one time the Pink House was a bank and this was the location of their vault (which is now a wine cellar)

Bank Vault Wine Cellar

The “Pink House Pig” that I decided to call Oliver:

Pink House Pig

After our yummy lunch Thea and I headed over to the Gryphon Tea Room and were both gobsmacked at how lovely & charming the city is. So much so that I grabbed my iPad to take this video (apologies for not filming horizontally) to try and capture its essence—here it is!

 

Then we met up with the group for the prearranged tea time set up by “Losing Weight and Having Fun” Blogger Sarah:

Gryphon Tea

The Gryphon Tea Room was insanely beautiful and I was happy to join in the fun (sipping ice coffee because hot tea makes me gag.)

Gryphon tea 5

Whilst there I met up with my gorgeous roommate Christine of Dubya Wife (she brought a fancy hat and everything!)

Christine Gryphon

There were also pastries and yummy treats on display– however one of my lunch pals (who is of the British persuasion) described everything from the tea to the food as “upper crap.”  Can’t argue or agree with their assessment but to each their own, oui?

Gryphon tea 2

That day/night I stayed up until 2 am catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was fabulous and featured Legos! Yup–I got pretty drunk and stayed up WAY past my usual bed time. (Photographic evidence at the top.)

Day 2:

The next day I took the “Anti-Computer Body Workout” from celebrity trainer Ashley Borden who was kind enough to speak with me after class for my myriad of training questions. (Thank you Ashley!)

Me and Ashley Borden

One of the best things about the trip was meeting up with fellow EleVen by Venus ambassadors such as Brooke Not on a Diet (love this girl!)

Fitbloggin Team Venus 2

And once again with my Brooklyn bud Schnelle!

2014 Team Venus

From the Sweat Pink & Fit Approach I grabbed Becky Stifter for this shot (how adorable is she, by the way?)

Fitbloggin 2014 Golden Bear becky

Day 3:

I was terribly nervous that NO ONE would show up for my small group discussion How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships that took place Saturday morning at the same damn time as 80s Zumba!! (Who scheduled this? Why do you hate me?)

However I was pleased as punch to see I had a full room waiting for my advice. It made feel great and very useful.

During my talk I used Terry Bicycles as an example of a brand I help with their social media. I enticed my group to show up with the promise that one of them would win this package if they stayed the whole time:

Fitbloggin 2014 Terry Bikes

Lo and behold “Crabby” at Cranky Fitness was my winner for correctly answering this trivia question: “Name two Brooklyn singing legends who went to the same high school together in the 1960s” (Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, of course!)

She plans to enjoy her new seat rising around Provincetown soon.

Afterwards I was lucky enough to attend Katy Widrick’s How to Make a Media Kit discussion which was so inspiring. Thank you Katy! She even has an example of a press kit created in a Word document! Really!

Katy Widrick

And just like that I had to run off to the airport and catch my flight back home. It was a fun time and I am pleased to announce here that Fitbloggin 15 will take place this time next year in Denver—whoo hoo!!

NYC on the horizon

Wait–there’s more–check out more of my thoughts about Fitbloggin with my newest Vlog post now filmed in landscape!

 

One of my favorite souvenirs from Fitbloggin this year is my collection of business cards I managed to remember to ask for this year (Grrr–I missed getting them from all of the people I wanted!)

Business Card collection 001

So what were your favorite parts of Fitbloggin? What was your favorite session? Where did you eat? I want to hear it all!!!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog 84: Tech Issues, Joy Bauer’s New Venture, Terry Bicycles at Fitbloggin and Coppertone Review 2

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #84

Word Press Help, Today’s Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks,

Terry Bikes at Fitbloggin

 

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Photograph by Victor Giganti

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

To know me is to be understanding when I endure one of my many computer issues and talk me off the ledge when I feel hopeless. (Oh technology—how hard it stings when you breakdown!) Currently I am working off of three laptops in various stages of usability but fear not—I am still here for you! So let’s get to this week’s Vlog post which features my Coppertone skin care review and more.

  • Shelton Koskie—Web Site Rock Star: One of the many technical failures of the past week that I have been dealing with was my Word Press site not working (And Go Daddy was less than helpful—thanks for taking my money every month you guys!) However I am fortunate to be acquainted with rock star Word Press God Shelton Koskie of Eighty Grit who helped me get my site back up and running. If you ever need website help—be sure to get in touch with Shelton (and tell him Margo gives him major props for problem solving!)
  • Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks: I have a new post to be featured soon on Fit Bottomed Girls talking about Today Show nutrition expert Joy Bauer and her new venture Nourish Snacks. In a nutshell—it is a home delivery service of yummy (and healthy!) snacks that cost just $12.50 per week (including shipping) and is being curated by Joy herself throughout the summer. Here is a look at what these shipments look like (I will let you know when it posts on FBG—we will have a giveaway!)

 

Nourish Snacks--all alone in the cat tower

Nourish Snacks–all alone in the cat tower

  • Terry Bikes Giveaway at Fitbloggin! Terry Bicycles(the totally fabulous brand that I am lucky enough to be associated with ) has given me on of their top selling T 1 Saddles that will make any bike ride more comfortable to one lucky participant at the talk at the Fitbloggin convention. I will be leading small group discussion How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships”on Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-10:30 am and I want to see you there!

Terry Saddle

  • Coppertone Review (Not Sponsored): The folks at Coppertone asked me to try out their latest summer products and I have my review in the clip below. They did not pay for this review and my opinions are my own.

Coppertone

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

That’s all I have for this week. Hopefully with my laptop, website and scanner issues resolved I will be back to giving you the best that I got. Rock on gang!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 83: Latest News Plus New DVD Giveaway! 19

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #83

Fit Bottomed Girls Workout, Comeback Momma’s List, Healthline.com,

Two “T’s” in My Life and My “Terry” Fitbloggin’ Giveaway!

Plus: The “10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift” DVD from Christine Bullock

Enter to Win This DVD!

Enter to Win This DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How are you all doing? I had one heck of a week—not my favorite one in a while but I am soldiering on. Basically my laptop died last Friday before the holiday weekend and I have had to get my backup laptop up to speed so I can work and Blog. Well wouldn’t you know that this computer cannot connect to my printer for scanning and I need to sort that out ASAP. (Sigh) To know me is to know that I occasionally have mild to severe computer issues and I am less than graceful when dealing with them. If you have any loving, positive vibes you want to send my way—go for it!

Anyhoosers and in the meantime—let’s get to this week’s news, Vlog post and new giveaway—the 10 Minute Solution Butt Lift DVD from Christine Bullock so let’s hit it!

  • Fit Bottomed Girls Workout: I am really pleased to be involved with the fabulous Fit Bottomed Girls and happy to contribute my “move” for their 6 Moves, No Equipment Workout—the bear crawl. Why the bear crawl? Because I love to make my boot camp students do that one the entire length of the indoor basketball court where I teach
  • Comeback Momma’s 5 Favorite Blogs: Super-thrilled to be included in this list of amazing Bloggers from my friend Jenn of Comeback Momma. (Thanks so much Jenn!)
  • Healthline.com Top Weight-Loss Blogs of the Year:  Brooklyn Fit Chick.com made the list for Healthline.com’s list of top weight-loss Bloggers here and I want to thank them for the honor!
  • The Amazing Tidbits of “T”: I simply adore Blogger Tara M. who lives in Halifax (some of my favorite people live there!) with her lovely wife Meegan. Their love story and weight loss journeys have inspired me so much over the years and it really made my day to meet them at Fitbloggin a couple of years ago. Tara prefers to refer to herself as T which she explains beautifully in this post about gender identity and weight gain. Y’all that know me very well know that I am very attached to my Tuxedo cat Tennessee who prefers to be called “T” as well so this post was especially moving to me. I think you will enjoy it as well!
  • Terry Bikes Giveaway at Fitbloggin! Terry Bicycles will be putting together a fun giveaway at this year’s Fitbloggin convention and one lucky person who goes to my small group discussion (“How to Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships and Sponsorships”) on Saturday, June 28th from 9:30-10:30 am. You want to win some cute bike gear? Come visit me at Fitbloggin!
  • Ten Minute Solution: Butt Lift: The folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment have offered a new DVD giveaway this week 10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift and you need to scroll down below to see if you are eligible to enter to win a copy. This is open to the Continental U.S. only and Anchor Bay will send the DVD to the winner directly. They did not pay a fee for this post.

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog (Please forgive my goofiness here. I had to do 20 takes to get it right!)

 

Okay—so here is some information about today’s giveaway.

New “10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift” DVD

Provides The Quickest Workouts for a Bodacious Behind

Beverly Hills, CA – The rear view rescue starts now with the newest release in the best-selling “10 Minute Solution” DVD series. “10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift” delivers five fun, creative and effective approaches to getting a booty that defies gravity. No need to go south of the equator, or even leave one’s own home. These mini workouts are geared to fit into even the busiest of days, just ten minutes at a time. Whether one prefers heart thumping cardio or Pilates-infused matwork, Los Angeles based fitness expert Christine Bullock has put it all together into one jiggle-busting DVD. There’s even a bonus abdominal workout.

Christine Bullock’s inventive workouts include:

Butt Lift – It’ll do just that with standing and floor moves that target the glutes, hamstrings and lower back.

Cardio Booty Camp – Jump, squat and kick that rear view training into high gear Blast calories and solidify those assets.

Upright Booty – This is an all-standing workout is designed to lift those buns as high as they’ll go.

Butt & Thighs – Graceful ballet, yoga and Pilates-inspired moves fuse together to shape a sexy backside and sleek sculpted legs.

HIIT Butt Lift – Torch calories and tone with super-charged, Tabata style intervals.

Amazing Abs –Sculpt a sexy midsection with moves that attack from all angles.

No equipment is needed for this total tush transformation.

Christine Bullock has certifications in Pilates, yoga and Barre. She teaches group fitness including TRX and HIIT at Equinox, Yoga Works and Studio Pilates, all in the Los Angeles area. Bullock is also certified as a nutrition and wellness counselor. Formerly a ballerina with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, she is an experienced fitness model, writer and lifestyle host.

Here is a clip of Christine Bullock in action:

If you are interested in this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Post the following comment on Twitter “I want to win @anchorbayentfit DVD with @Chrissy_Bullock from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, June 9th 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 Ep 82: Talking About EleVen by Venus, Joy Bauer Nourish Snacks, Terry Bike Gore Bike Wear and a DVD Giveaway! 26

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #82

EleVen by Venus, Gore Bike Wear from Terry Bicycles, Today Show Joy Bauer’s New Venture, Sweat Guru.com post and Fitbloggin’ Reminder

Plus: ELEMENT: YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY DVD Giveaway!

 

You can enter to win this DVD!

You can enter to win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s a new week here in Brooklyn and I have so much to discuss today plus I have a new, totally rad giveaway Element: Yoga for Strength & Flexibility DVD so enough of my mindless chatter and let’s get to it, shall we?

  • EleVen by Venus:  I am happy to announce that I am now a brand ambassador for EleVen by Venus –as in Venus Williams, people! Will forward more details soon but let’s just say I am pretty excited to join this new brand and help them reach out to strong women everywhere.

 

  • Gore Bike Wear from Terry Bicycles: I am also a brand ambassador for Terry Bicycles which is a top notch one-stop shopping paradise for women who love to spend their day on two wheels. They recently sent me a box of goodies which I will review for you all soon but wanted you all to know that I am now a HUGE fan of Gore Bike Wear. Terry sent me the Power Jacket and it is the best damn windbreaker I have ever worn in my life. It kept me cool when the sun was down and wicked away sweat when it got warmer and though snug fitting—never felt tight or constricting. LOVE IT!! If you need one jacket this summer for running, walking or cycling—get this one.

 

  • Joy Bauer’s New Project: This past week I was on assignment for Fit Bottomed Girls and attended a swanky lunch at the Gramercy Park Hotel (tough life—amIright?) A group of us lucky individuals had the good fortune to meet Today’s top nutritionist Joy Bauer and let me tell y’all something—she is even more beautiful in person than you see on TV (and super nice!)  Joy is heading up a new home delivery snack service called Nourish Snacks and I will post all the details soon. (In the meantime—I am enjoying yummy and healthy snacks for the next few weeks!)

 

  • Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights: I have a review of a new barre studio in Brooklyn up Sweat Guru.com if you are curious about checking out a new studio in this neighborhood.

 

  • FitBloggin’ Speaking Date! Just a reminder that I am speaking again at this year’s Fitbloggin convention from June 26-29 in Savannah, Georgia and will heading up a small group discussion on how to pitch brands for ambassadorships and sponsorships. It’s scheduled for 8-9 am on Saturday morning which I know seems like a rough time for some people but let me sweeten your interest by telling you that Terry Bicycles will have a special giveaway to one lucky participant. (Hmmm—wonder what it will be?) So if you are attending FitBloggin please come and hang out with me!

 

  • Elemet Yoga for Strength and Flexibility DVD:: Full details are listed below but please know that there will be one winner of this DVD set and they will be contacted by Anchor Bay Entertainment directly to get their prize. Anchor Bay is responsible for the DVD mailing and did not pay for this promotion. (Continental United States only, please!)

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

Here are more details about this week’s giveaway:

Build Power and Suppleness Inside and Out with Ashley Turner’s New

‘ELEMENT: YOGA FOR STRENGTH & FLEXIBLITY DVD

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Increase flexibility and strength in the mind, body and spirit right at home, anytime. Also learn how to meditate in the new “Element: Yoga for Strength & Flexibility” DVD. In this DVD, mind/body psychotherapist Ashley Turner gives the physical and mental cues to open anyone up to the full benefits of yoga.  The DVD provides two practices, each about thirty minutes in length, plus a 7-minute guided meditation bonus. As with all Element videos, the spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean adds to the enjoyment. The DVD will be available in stores and on Amazon on September 24, 2013 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The Strength practice will leave you feeling powerful and in control, whether you’re in Warrior III or tackling whatever the day may bring. It improves endurance and focus in every sense. The Flexibility program will bring a sense of suppleness to the muscles, joints and thoughts.  The Guided Meditation bonus is the first of its kind in the Element series. Turner provides a verbal path to follow towards deeper relaxation. It will help anyone to begin a meditation practice. According to WedMD, “meditation not only lowers blood pressure but also can amp up your immune system.”

Turner’s previously released “Element” DVDs have reached bestseller status. They have brought profound changes to many people. Ginger writes, “Since that first night I’ve done your DVD daily. I have not needed even one med for panic. I have not needed to medicate with chocolate either. My body actually seemed to crave greens.”

Tonya shared this, “I wanted to tell you that I bought your “Element: Yoga for Weight Loss” DVD in 2010. I have a thyroid problem as well as a “saying no to myself and others” problem. I lost around 60 pounds. Once I started feeling natural energy, it became easy to treat myself right.”

Lisa said, “I have many yoga DVDs, and have attended many classes over the years.  Your DVD is – by far – the easiest routine to follow.  I also feel happy during the session … it’s as though you’ve sprinkled some sort of magic-dust into that yoga session!”

No props are needed for these programs. None of the moves are complicated. The challenges come from the holding and releasing more than the postures themselves.

Ashley Turner is a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in depth (Jungian) psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds a private practice as a Marriage + Family Psychotherapy Registered Intern. Turner was formally trained in classical Ashtanga Yoga by Baba Hari Das (Mt. Madonna). She completed advanced Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea and has studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Ram Dass and Krishna Das. Turner teaches at Exhale in Los Angeles, Pure Yoga in New York City and leads workshops all over the world. Named the “#2 Online Influencer for Stress Relief” by Sharecare.com, Turner’s clients have included Michelle Branch, Tony Horton and Pete Yorn.

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home video distribution company.  Anchor Bay distributes original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay Films, RADiUS-TWC), children’s entertainment, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), documentaries, anime (Manga Entertainment), and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.   Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

Follow Anchor Bay’s fitness news on Facebook at Anchor Bay Entertainment: Fitness and on Twitter, @anchorbayentfit.

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Here is a preview clip of the DVD.

 

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win the Element Yoga DVD from @AnchorBayEntFit from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Tuesday, May 27th 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 79: Ladies Home Journal Closes, Boston Marathon “Sneaks,” Fitbloggin 2014, Plus SparkPeople DVD Giveaway! 23

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #79

Ladies Home Journal Closes, Boston Marathon Bib Sneaks, Tips for Your First Barre Class, Fitbloggin’ Sessions

Plus: Spark People DVD Giveaway!!

Enter to win this 2 DVD set from SparkPeople!

Enter to win this 2 DVD set from SparkPeople!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I was out and having me a grand old time last Sunday with my friend’s annual “Mexican Easter” celebration (there was drinking and piñatas involved) so I decided to wait until this week before posting another Vlog/Giveaway. Figured many of you would have spring breaks and whatnot to deal with but here we are and I am back ladies & gentleman!!  So let’s go through my latest news and then get to gettin with a giveaway featuring one of my favorite instructors in the whole world Coach Nicole of SparkPeople who is expecting a baby this July! (Congrats Nicole!)

  • Ladies Home Journal:  Today I was hoping to celebrate being included as an expert for Ladies Home Journal magazine in their May issue (photo below) but instead I must pass along the news that the 130 year-old magazine is folding due to declining ad sales. So sorry to everyone who worked there and hope they all new work very soon. (I have been through a couple of magazine closings and they are brutal!)
  • Ladies Home Journal inside 001

 

  • Boston Marathon Bib Sneaks UGH! This story makes me blood boil. Apparently people will buy counterfeit race bibs so they can compete in marathons that they did not qualify for which  is crappy enough but these two entitled creeps (Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his Blogger Wife Chelsa) decided that even though she did not qualify this year—they would steal someone else’s number in order for the two of them can run the race together. (They missed out finishing together last year due to the bombing.) I can almost think it is romantic and sweet they wanted to be together that day but the fact is—stealing someone else’s number (and it IS stealing) is just plain wrong.

 

  • Tips for Your First Barre Class: On to a happier topic—here is a little piece I wrote for Fit Bottomed Girls asking the experts on what you need to do before trying out your first barre class. It came out pretty nifty I must say!

 

  • FitBloggin’ Speaking Date: I am once again attending the FitBloggin conference that takes place June 26-29 this year in Savannah, Georgia! I will also be heading up a small group discussion on how to pitch brands for ambassadorships and sponsorships. So it is 8-9 am on Saturday morning but rumor has it that Terry Bicycles will have a special giveaway to one lucky participant. (Hmmm—wonder what it will be?) So if you are attending FitBloggin please consider getting up early Saturday and hanging out with me. I’m funny, informed and will have a prize!

 

  • SparkPeople DVD Giveaway: If you want to win TWO workout DVDs to get a head start on summer—check out my giveaway below. There will be one winner of this double DVD set and they will be contacted by Acacia TV directly to get their prize. Acacia is responsible for the DVD mailing and did not pay for this promotion. (Continental United States only, please!)

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

Here are more details about this week’s SparkPeople Workout DVD Giveaway:

SPARKPEOPLE WORKOUTS (2-DVD Set)

With Coach Nicole

 Value-priced collection of the #1 health and food website’s best-selling workout DVDs;

7 efficient interval workouts to slim down and tone up, plus several tips and bonus workout plans for all levels

SILVER SPRING, Md – Now is the perfect time to try the hit workout DVDs from SparkPeople, America’s #1 diet and weight loss site with more than 15 million members. The value-priced collection SparkPeople Workouts(2-DVD Set) arrives on DVD on May 13, 2014from Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. Every month, millions of people visit SparkPeople.com for help reaching their fitness goals. Now you can join SparkPeople’s popular editor-in-chief and trainer Coach Nicole for these two complete, critically-acclaimed programs (28-Day Boot Camp and Total Body Sculpting), featuring seven incredibly efficient interval workouts. Three trainers demonstrate beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions so you can tailor your workout to your fitness level. You’ll burn calories, trim extra inches, build lean muscle, and gain strength and confidence—with Coach Nicole providing inspiration and support ($24.99; Approx. 153 min., plus several bonus features; AcaciaLifestyle.com). The workouts are also available on Acacia TV, the new fitness streaming channel hosted by Coach Nicole at AcaciaLifestyle.com/tv (press access is available upon request).

INCLUDES TWO FULL-LENGTH PROGRAMS:

28-Day Boot Camp: Coach Nicole leads four fat-blasting, calorie-torching workoutswith her trademark enthusiasm and positive energy. With a clickable, user-friendly 28-day calendar, this four-week plan features high-energy cardio intervals and full-body toning exercises to burn more fat in less time. Pick from 12-, 20-, and 30-minute segments to customize your workout every day.

Total-Body Sculpting: Three workouts—a ballet-inspired barre routine, an equipment-free fat blaster, and a heart-pumping dumbbell workout—provide fat-burning cardio and multi-joint strength exercises to get results quickly. Includes interactive workout calendar.

A certified personal trainer and exercise instructor, Nicole Nichols helps people of all skill levels make fitness a fun part of their daily lives. Her online videos have been viewed more than 20 million times, making her one of the most-watched exercise instructors on the web.

BONUS: 2-week workouts plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels; Three tricks to burn more fat and two must-do moves for a better butt; Seated abs exercises and sneaky leg toners you can do at work; Select recipes from The SparkPeople Cookbook; Access to FREE meal plans and SparkPeople’s online workout club!

Street Date:  May 13, 2014                     SRP: $24.99      Equipment needed: light hand weights, a mat, and a chair

DVD 2-Disc Set: 2 programs – Approx. 153 min., plus bonus – UPC 0-54961-2242-9-6

Here is a clip of Coach Nicole in action.

 

If you want to win this giveaway you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Post a comment on Twitter that says “I want to win @SparkPeople DVDs with @CoachNicole from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, May 5th 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 70: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway! #21dsd 29

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 70

Featuring: My Super, Duper 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook Giveaway!

21 DAY COOKBOOK COVER Jan30

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

It has been a wild and wooly in the fitness blogosphere—whoa! First we had this rather, um—interesting personal essay from Jen Polachek who talked about her internal struggle when facing a “fairly heavy set black woman” who dared to enter her yoga class on the supposedly woman-friendly site XO Jane. I am NOT kidding—read it for yourself here: OX Jane 1.

The first response I noticed came courtesy of the beautiful & talented Erika Nicole Kendall of the Blog The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. Nicely done, Erika.

If you are looking for the perfect rebuttal in addition to Erika’s than you can hardly do better than to check out the incredible Pia Glen who wrote this on XO Jane. Both managed to peel away the icky layers of pseudo self-awareness of Polachek’s personal essay which for some reason was featured in the “It Happened to Me” page—usually dominated by sad or scary stories.

Anyhoo—this story has been discussed to the nth degree so let’s just move on to a couple of fun news items and then talk about my FAB giveaway—yes?

  • I am going to be speaking at Fitbloggin this year! Tickets are on sale NOW so get them while you can. (We will be in Savannah this year—whoo hoo!)
  • In case you missed it—Terry Bicycles announced my ambassadorship on their site here. Very excited about this partnership!
  • My writing chops are going to get a workout with my soon-to-be regular contributions on SweatGuru.com. (Whoop!)

And now, on to this week’s big giveaway!

21 DAY SUGAR DETOX COOKBOOK

The New York Times best-selling author Diane Sanfilippo, BS. NC has written some of my favorite Paleo books including Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox and is an all-around cool chick (and animal lover!) in addition to being the writer of some kick ass recipes.

If you are looking to find ways to get refined sugars out of your diet without starving yourself or losing your energy—you need to read her newest book The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.

If you want to win a copy today, keep on reading to find out what you need to do. (Disclaimer alert: I received a copy of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook for giveaway from Victory Belt publishing and was not paid to offer to my readers.)

I love this cookbook and have been having a ball making some yummy (and healthy) versions of some of my favorite foods including Shepard’s Pie which you can see below. (This is a new favorite recipe for me!)

 

Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

So, enough of my dawdling and let’s get on to this week’s Vlog post:

 

Here is some information about The 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet Cookbook:

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Companion Cookbook Now Available!

Diane Sanfilippo, Author of the Bestselling books Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox delivers complete cookbook to accompany her highly acclaimed detox program

Essex Fells, NJ (December, 2013)—Diane Sanfilippo has yielded marked success with her revolutionary New York Times bestselling book, The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and now she delivers another masterpiece—The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook.  The cookbook is a companion guide to Sanfilippo’s customized program that has helped tens of thousands of men and women naturally break free from the sugar strong hold to help them live a more healthy and balanced life.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook boasts more than 100 new recipes for any program level.  These delectable recipes come straight from the kitchen of Sanfilippo and are all grain, gluten, legume, dairy, and sugar-free. The book also contains 21-day simple and straightforward meal plans, “yes”, “no” and “limited” food lists and tips and tricks that will keep you on the road to success.  Recipes include easy-to-follow breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and “sweet treats.”  These mouthwatering creations will keep you satisfied as your cravings for sugar and carbs disappear.

Sanfilippo is Certified Nutrition Consultant and has dedicated her life to helping others change their eating habits to achieve optimal health.  Through her extraordinary bestselling books Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox (and now) The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, Sanfilippo has helped people worldwide become more educated about food choices, take action against sugar dependency and do it in a way that’s not only sustainable, but enjoyable.

Sample Recipes Include:

  • Breakfast Sausage and Biscuit Sandwich
  • Butternut Squash Pancakes
  • Artichoke and Lemon Chicken with Capers
  • Asian Ginger Flank Streak
  • Pizza Frittata
  • Sunbutter Brownies
  • Nutty Cinnamon Crumb Cake and more!

More information on Sanfilippo’s complete 21 Day Sugar Detox program can be found online at http://the21daysugardetox.com/, along supplemental resource guides, continuing online education and informational videos done by Sanfilippo herself.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook can be found in stores nationwide, including at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and independent retailers, as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT DIANE SANFILIPPO

Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is The New York Times Bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, “The Balanced Bites Podcast. Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox are published by Victory Belt Publishing.

ABOUT VICTORY BELT

Victory Belt Publishing Inc is the world’s leading publisher in health and fitness books, producing a host of New York Times bestsellers, including The Paleo Solution, Practical Paleo, The 21 Day Sugar Detox, Against All Grain,  It Starts with Food, and Dark World. Started by Erich Krauss, a New York Times bestselling author, Victory Belt Publishing Inc is an author-friendly publisher geared toward producing the highest quality books on the market. Victory Belt Publishing has worldwide distribution, and its titles have been translated into dozens of languages. The company has the highest ratio between books published and New York Times bestsellers. Victory Belt Publishing‘s main office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit www.victorybelt.com.

 

Got that? So if you want to win you need to do the following!

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @balancedbites #21dsdcookbook from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

This is my own special giveaway and I am not being paid to offer it. I will pick one winner at random next Monday, February 10th 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 67: NYC Blogger Brunch Deets, 21-Day Sugar Detox, & More 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 67

Featuring: The Brooklyn Fit Chick NYC Bloggers Brunch, 21 Day Sugar Detox, Fitbloggin’, Diets in Review Article, & The Cutest Video of the Week

Plus: My Brand-New Super-Secret Ambassadorship

BFC Brunch Invite

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I have had a rather hellish week dealing with getting my health insurance to kick in and will not besmirch this post with the negativity it has brought into my life. That I will save for its own post tomorrow! In this week’s Vlog post I will discuss:

The New York City Health & Fitness Bloggers Brunch! Park Slope, Brooklyn// Saturday, January 25th

Attention all health & wellness Bloggers because I am hosting a bunch at chez moi and I want to meet you all in person. The invite details are up top and I am getting together a fantastic goodie bag together so PLEASE RSVP me at brooklynfitchick at gmail dot come for all of the deets.

 

21-Day Sugar Detox:

Clowns to the left of me—jokers to the right and I am smack dab in the middle of this 21-Day Sugar Detox from the amazing Diane Sanfilippo, BS NC who is the author of not only the 21-Sugar Detox Cookbook but also my favorite cookbook of all time Practical Paleo. Wish I could say it was easy and I have been perfect but alas, my candy cravings (brought on by excessive stress) were so strong the other day I chowed down on a few tic tacs from my purse as if my life depended on them. Oh, and I may have had a glass of red wine or two (or three…)

However, I am sticking to it as closely as possible and am enjoying the results so far (skin clear, gut feels fine, no bloating—score!)

Here is a photo of the “Beef & Bacon Cottage Pie” I made last weekend that rocked my socks off. Deeeeee-liscious!

 

Outstanding!

Outstanding!

FitBloggin 2014:

Once again this year I am going to be a speaker at Fitboggin! Whoopee! If you are curious about the annual convention check out the details here http://fitbloggin.com/. Can’t wait to see all of my peeps in Savannah!

 

Diets in Review:

I was thrilled to be included in this article from Diets in Review talking about the sheer number of e-mail subscriptions that overwhelm my inbox each day. (For the record I subscribe to Fit Bottomed Girls, Fit Sugar, Cracked.com and Mental Floss.)

 

Cutest Video in the Whole Wide World (This Week)

If you are wondering what it would look like for the most adorable baby in the world to meet her uncle for the first time who just so happens to be her dad’s identical twin check it out here. You’re welcome!

 

My New Super-Secret Ambassadorship:

I was hoping to make the official announcement today but I have a new ambassadorship that I am DYING to talk to you all about but my lips have to be sealed a few more days. It should all be sorted out soon but here is a hint: it’s a company that is about cycling and women. More to come soon!

In the meantime—here is this week’s Vlog post:

 

Love y’all! Talk soon.

 

Ox Ox,

BFC

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