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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Talking About Hedwig, Laurie David, Amy Schumer and Brooke Not On a Diet 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #80

Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Laurie David’s Fed Up & The Family Cooks, The Amazing Amy Schumer

Plus: Knowing When to Say “No” to Publicity

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I had me a fine and dandy week and hope you did too! Just a few items to get through today and then I will let you go (well—I hope you stick around for my Vlog as well!). The giveaways will be back next week for sure. In the meantime here are my weekly news & notes.

  • Hedwig & The Angry Inch:  In case you are aquatinted with the musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch it is a show that in a more quaint time would be described as “gender bending” but with our more updated understanding on human sexuality and gender identity let’s just Hedwig is about a brave & tragic figure who will rock your socks off. I stupidly did not catch it the first time it was introduced way, way off Broadway in the 90s but the John Cameron Mitchell creation was turned into a film he directed in 2001 and where I first fell in love with the music. Right now it is on Broadway and Neil Patrick Harris is amazing in the part. He sings, dances, acts, tell jokes and interacts with the audience with such gusto. If you are planning to come to NYC over the next few months—beg, steal or borrow tickets to see this show. You will thank me later!

 

  • Laurie David: Recently I was lucky enough to attend a roundtable discussion with activist and filmmaker Laurie David (she helped produce the Academy Award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth) and I wrote about my experience for this piece for Fit Bottomed Eats. David is turning her lens on the world of processed foods and the 30-year marketing blitz that has assaulted our concept of the family meal with her new documentary Fed Up. In theaters May 9th!

 

  • The Amazing Amy Schumer: If you are a Howard Stern fan like me (Baba Boowie!) you have heard the comic Amy Schumer on his show riff about dating, sex, her adventures in standup comedy and body issues. She refuses to act, behave or look like anyone else on television so I incorrectly assumed she was immune to insecurity but this speech she gave last week at the Gloria Steinem gala is the sweetest and saddest commentary on how we treat women in our culture and her fight to remain confident. Am I making it sound boring? It’s not–check out the transcript here! (From New York magazine’s Vulture Blog.)

 

 

  • Brooke “Not On a Diet” Keeps Her Shirt Off! I really adore Brooke Birmingham who is a fellow blogger and animal lover. She lost over 172 pounds with hard work and a strong dedicated effort. Recently she was asked by a national magazine to be featured online and she quickly accepted. However, they wanted her to send them a picture of herself in something other than a two-piece suit because they supposedly had a rule about that. (Shaking my head.) Read her story here and be sure to share on Facebook! (So proud of you for saying “no” Brooke!)

 

Now let’s get to this week’s Vlog:

 

That’s all I have this week folks—see you next week with a new giveaway!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? Women’s Health magazine May 2014 with Sofia Vergara 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Women’s Health

May 2014

Sofia Vergara photographed by David Burton

Sofia Vergara photographed by David Burton

 

Women’s Health Cover Star for May 2014: 

Is there any woman sexier than Sofia Vergara? Seriously—the woman steams up every scene she is in on Modern Family and I have never seen a bad picture of her. The Columbia native (and TOP earning actress on television) talks to Women’s Health about all kinds of sexy subjects including business time with her fiancé Nick Loeb and her advice to women to keep their partners interested “…don’t walk around the house with no bra and your t**s hanging out.”

Okay…..well, maybe she isn’t a delicate flower but at least she doesn’t give boring quotes in magazines!

 

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

15-Minute Workout “Flat-Belly Yoga”

Looking for some yoga moves that will help with belly bloat? Try these from the Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. (Get you om on, people!)

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 45 Instant Health Upgrades”  

Women’s Health teamed up with the hosts of The Doctors for simple health tips for women to boost their “mind, body and spirit.” Includes these upgraded workout moves from Dr. Ian Smith that can be done quickly and take your routine up a notch.

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 “Don’t Let an Injury Take You Down”

Right now as I am typing this post I am dealing with a strained back and tight hamstrings so this article talking about rehabbing while getting back into fighting shape is helpful.

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“Something to Remember”

I forget why I scanned this page….hmmmm. in the meantime—check out these tips on how to remember names. (I’m Margo by the way—and you are?)

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

  • “What Every Working Woman Should Know” Women’s Health talks about the joys and perils of working part-time (beyond making way less money.)
  • “Special Cooking Section” There are several pages here of yummy recipes including one for Lamb Souvlakia that looks divine.
  • “Train Outside!” Tips for kayaking, paddleboarding, beach volleyball and more.

Overall Grade:

A-    Lots of good stuff in this issue—check it out!

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

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn This Month? Muscle & Fitness Hers March/April @mandfhers 2

 

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Muscle & Fitness Hers

March/April 2014

Michelle Lewin photographed by Per Bernal

Michelle Lewin photographed by Per Bernal

What Do We Learn This Month in Muscle & Fitness Hers?

“Hardcore Waist Whittlers”

The cover star IFBB bikini pro Michelle Lewin demonstrates a whole series of kick-ass moves to make your core stronger.

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“8 Essential Muscle Menders”

This whole page gives me the “I wants.” Especially the pink Grid 2.0 foam roller!!

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“Look Flawless from Head to Toe”

Muscle & Fitness Hers features NPC bikini competitor Loni Christine in this article talking about compound movements that can cut your workout time and rev your metabolism.

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“4 Weeks to Fast-Track Your Fat Loss”

If this crappy winter season has caused you to fall back on your training—here is a healthy eating and tough workout plan to get you motivated again.

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And now the rest of Muscle & Fitness Hers:

  • “Knock Out Calories” Sisters Cindy and Amanda Serrano are boxers and here they show off some of their favorite strength-building exercises.
  • “Burn Fat Fast” Tips for scorching calories from IFBB figure pro Kamla Macko, IFBB bikini pro Angeles Burke and Talia Terese.
  • Tawna Eubanks: The IFBB bikini pro takes us through an average day in her life (whew—she is busy!)
  • “Bring Sexy Back” Six workout moves to make your back stronger designed by Gino Caccavale.

Overall Grade:

A Several pages of excellent workouts featuring women with real muscles—yes!

 

You can follow Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine at www.muscleandfitnesshers.com

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 73: Unruly Students, Terry Bikes & @jessicasmithtv DVD Giveaway!! #sweatpink 10

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #73

Dealing with Students, My Fit Bottomed Girl Post and The Terry Bicycles Catalog

Plus: My Jessica Smith DVD Giveaway!

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One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

One of two Jessica Smith DVDs you can win!

 

Hey there! Hi there! Hi there!

You know what they say about the month of March? It comes it like a lion and lout like a lamb. Hopefully that is true (well the leaving quietly part) because we are set to get YET ANOTHER winter storm here. (Wah!!!!!!)  I know I have said this before but this weather is completely unacceptable. Can we veto it somehow? Just vote it out of office so that from now on we have kind of a chilly autumn that gradually turns into Spring?

I am going to work on this but in the meantime-here is my Vlog post for the week featuring the following:

  • I talk about learning to say goodbye to wonderful students and handling the more challenging ones (would love to hear feedback from other instructors out there on how you deal with “rule-breakers.” True story—I had a student today use her cell phone three times in my class this morning! Honestly—where do people learn their manners? However—my day ended today with one student giving me her own “mix CD” because she likes the music I use in my classes. Aw!

 

 

  • The newest Terry Bicycles catalog is out and is filled with pages that give me the “I wants.” Be sure to sign up for their online mailing list to get the latest steals and deals!

 

Jessica Smith Workout DVD Giveaway

I have a fantastic giveaway this week—two brand-new DVDs from ace trainer Jessica Smith! Jessica has been featured in all of the top women’s health magazines and is a You Tube star who lost 40 pounds on her own and is passionate about helping others get healthy. Her latest offerings are: Barre Fitness with Jessica Smith and Walk On with Jessica Smith. Wanna hear more about them?

Newest Fitness DVDs from YouTube Star Jessica Smith Reflect Fans’ Requests

Miami, FL – February 25, 2014 – Ever hear of anyone crowdsourcing their workouts? The two newest DVDs from fitness expert, author and popular YouTube star Jessica Smith came about from the requests she received most often from her social media followers. “Walk On: Strength & Balance” and “Barre Fitness” are available now on DVD or download from Amazon and http://jessicasmithtv.com/shop/.  Because her fans asked, the DVDs were shot in real time; one take each. Just like a live class, there was no stopping to catch a breath or freshen up the makeup. Likewise there was no retouching on the packaging. The DVDs are perfect for all fitness levels. This is Smith’s second walking DVD. Her first, “Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness and Energy” has been her best seller. “Barre Fitness” draws from Smith’s years as a professional dancer and as a student with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre program at Fordham University. The two new DVDs are $14.85 each; downloads are $13.95 each. Smith’s website, http://www.jessicasmithtv.com, has been recognized as one of the best sites for free workouts by Shape.com, Glamour and MoneyCrashers.com.

“Walk On: Strength & Balance” offers the option of walking barefoot or in sneakers. It includes two 30-minute workouts. Strength & Stretch integrates high intensity interval training with strength exercises to burn calories and sculpt the entire body. Light weights are recommended but optional. Fusion Walk is a shoes-optional, endurance walk that weaves ballet, Pilates and kickboxing-inspired moves. It begins with a few minutes of easy footwork to awaken the muscles that are often ignored yet heavily relied upon when walking. Smith is joined in these workouts by her mother and a friend.

“Barre Fitness” offers three 20-minute workouts: Cardio Ballet, Barre Burn and Floor Barre. These graceful, ballet-inspired workouts tone, sculpt, stretch and challenge the whole body. Moves like passé, chasse and even the curtseys at the end of each program will be familiar to those with a ballet background. Smith will bring out the dancer even in those who have never tried ballet before. No barre is needed but light hand weights, a chair, mat and pillow or mini-ball are recommended.

Jessica Smith began her fitness career over 13 years ago after losing over 40 pounds on her own. In addition to her BA in Communications from Fordham University, Jessica has certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the International Sports and Conditioning Association, Powerhouse Pilates (in both mat & reformer method), Martial Fusion and Johnny G’s SPINNING™ Program. She currently teaches for EQUINOX Fitness Clubs in Miami. She is also the co-author (with esteemed health and fitness writer Liz Neporent) of “The Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan” (Sunrise River Press, 2012). Recently named one of Sharecare’s “Top 10 Online Influencers,” Jessica is a monthly contributor to SHAPE.com and a regular content contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, SparkPeople.com and ivillage.com. See more at www.jessicasmith.tv, YouTube, @jessicasmithtv and 10 Pounds Down on Facebook.

Got that? So 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.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the @jessicasmithtv DVDs from @brooklynfitchick”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random next Monday, March 10, 2013 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 61: “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me” and my “Barre Conditioning” DVD Giveaway 33

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode 60

Featuring: My New Facebook Fan Page, “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me”

& My Barre Conditioning Workout DVD Giveaway

Barre Conditioning--Enter to Win this DVD!

Barre Conditioning–Enter to Win this DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I am following a Facebook meme—“10 Things You Don’t Know About Me” which I have been witnessing the last few days. I absolutely LOVE these lists and do enjoy learning more about my friends by following them so I am bringing that today. Plus, I have a super great DVD giveaway today so let’s get right to it!

First, my news for the week:

  • I just want to remind you that I have finally put together a Facebook fan page and would LOVE it if you would “like” the page (Here is the Link) Merci in advance!
    • Very soon I will be blogging for the brand-new website SweatGuru and could not be more thrilled about this. I will post more details of this soon!

“10 Things You May Not Know About Me”

After enjoying other people’s “10 Things you May Not Know About Me” lists I decided to try one of my own. Hope you like it but do not expect anyone to agree with me!

  1. When I graduated from college (San Jose State!) I took the summer off and went backpacking through Europe. It was the best adventure ever.
  2. I have a hard time switching channels if either of the first two Godfather movies, the first two (real) Star Wars films or Baby Boom is on TV. They are all my visual crack and I cannot seem to quit them no matter how many times I have seen them.
  3. When I was 7 years old I had a bike accident and managed to bite through my tongue. (I still have that scar.)
  4. When I was 17 I sliced the tip off of my right pointer finger while working at a fast food joint. (It grew back, like a starfish!)
  5. I have a tattoo of a rosebud on my hip.
  6. Artichokes make me uncomfortable. Just looking at them gives me the willies.
  7. I have never seen one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory.
  8. I have never seen from beginning to the end any of these films: Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Mean Girls, The Sound of Music or Love, Actually.
  9. Whenever I hear a Bon Jovi or Sheryl Crow song I have to change the channel. Just do NOT like either of their music. It’s not personal.
  10. I think the following things are overrated: Madonna, Apple Computers, salmon, The Replacements and “Spring” as a season. I mean, come on—every other season is far more interesting and fun!

Now on to this week’s Vlog!

 

Soooo,  are you interested in learning more about the DVD? Here you go! (By the way, the DVD is being provided to me by Anchor Bay Entertainment but I am not being compensated for this placement.)

 

Develop the Grace of a Dancer, the Strength of an Athlete and a Body That Won’t Quit with the New

“ELEMENT: BARRE CONDITIONING” DVD

Beverly Hills, CA – Barre workouts are among the hottest fitness trend and the new ”Element: Barre Conditioning” DVD brings that experience home using an ordinary chair to take the place of a barre. With two 30-minute workouts on one DVD, barre3® founder Sadie Lincoln gives the moves and the tips on form that will bring about deep changes in the muscles. The results are strength without bulk—the look of a dancer without a single ballet lesson. Filmed in a picturesque garden overlooking the ocean, it’s a perfect ‘me-time’ moment for anyone to indulge their body and mind for the better. Available on Amazon and in stores beginning December 3 2013, it will have a suggested retail price of $14.98, less than the price of a single barre class!

Sadie Lincoln teaches her unique three-pronged approach to women all over the world. It evolves the traditional dancer’s workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with the mindfulness of yoga and the strength of Pilates for long, lean results in minimal time.  When Lincoln says to move the leg “just an inch,” one quickly learns that’s all it takes to bring on the muscle shakes. In barre work, small moves bring big results. Lincoln offers a steady stream of form checks to keep the body aligned to reap the maximum benefits.  The DVD offers a Burn & Firm program designed to tone the entire body while raising the heart rate. Starting with isometric conditioning using small, controlled movements, it layers on exercises with larger ranges of motion. It flows and builds heat.  It boosts stamina, energy and sculpts that dancer’s physique.  The Lengthen & Strengthen workout is a dynamic combination of standing moves and floor work. The goal is always a balanced body; strong and lean.

Sadie Lincoln is a renowned wellness expert, media personality and founder of barre3. From her flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, Sadie has created a unique style of whole-health fitness classes combining the disciplines of ballet barre work, Pilates and yoga. Her modern approach offers serious results, accessible programs and inspiration for balanced living. Lincoln has a master’s degree in education from William & Mary College. She has been teaching fitness for over 20 years.  She is married with two school age children.

Check out a clip of Barre Conditioning here:

 

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

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

I will pick the winner next Monday, November 25th at NOON eastern time and contact them directly. Good luck!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 60: My New Facebook Fan Page, “Man-Splaining” The Smiths & Da Vinci Body Board Giveaway! 5

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 60

Featuring: My New Facebook Fan Page, “Man-Splaining Morrissey & Partnering with Comeback Momma

For the Da Vinci Body Board Giveaway

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So this week I am a little cramped for time and need to just get out a couple of things before I give you the sexy deets about my first partnership with my good friend at Comeback Momma. This giveaway is worth $400 and will rock your socks off! But first a little housekeeping and a quick nonsensical story about a clueless hipster, cash register dude who tried to explain The Smiths to me at Trader Joe’s this past week. (Son—I have been listening to Mope Rock since before your parents even met!)

First, the fun news of the week:

  • I finally have a Facebook Fan Page—whoo hoo! Here is the Link please, pretty please with sugar lumps on top will you follow me (or rather, “like” my page?) It will make me so happy to have you all join me there. (Big kadooz to my friend Mariette at Namaste Mari for helping me get my crap together with this project!)

 

“Man-splaining Morrissey”

I talk about this more in this week’s Vlog but recently a cashier at Trader Joe’s engaged me in a very awkward conversation. He was singing the lyrics while attempting to explain to me the “irony” inherent in The Smiths song “Happy Unbirthday.”  I am so not kidding about this.

To give you some context I am clearly MUCH older than the kid at Trader Joe’s and The Smiths and Morrissey are more from my generation so why did he bring up the subject in the first place and felt the need to explain the lyrics to me? It was just a weird exchange. Here is The Smith “Happy Unbirthday” if you have no idea what on earth I am talking about but feel like getting bummed out for a few minutes.

Anyhoo—on to the giveaway! I am really happy to be a part of such a cool, freaking awesome giveaway—the Da Vinci Body Board which retails for $400. All of the details are below my signature and the giveaway will be live from Monday. November 11th – Sunday, December 1st and I wish you all the best of luck.

Now on to this week’s Vlog!

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Da Vinci Body Board Giveaway

Introducing The Da Vinci BodyBoard

The Da Vinci BodyBoard system combines strength training and cardio in one short, daily workout system. The system works for any fitness level and can be used as a rehab system for injuries. The system is designed to build long, lean, muscles and does not tear the muscle. As a result, it can be used daily. This facilitates a more habit-forming exercise regime.
Because of the short time commitment, there are no excuses. The BodyBoard also reaches the smaller muscles that support your joints creating a body with a more complete and balanced muscle structure.

You’ll never want to put off a Da Vinci BodyBoard workout. Its an effective workout system that builds strength and cardio fitness, AND it fits into a busy lifestyle, so it’s something you will look forward to in your daily routine.

I’ve partnered with the giveaway host, Comeback Momma to present this amazing giveaway. Check out her review of the Da Vinci Body Board. Good luck!


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

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 56

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

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

Robin Quivers Book

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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

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

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

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

Now on to This Week’s Vlog Items:

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

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

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

And Lastly:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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What Did We Learn this Month? @SELFmagazine October Issue with @lucyhale on the Cover #sweatpink 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

 SELF: October 2013

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

Lucy Hale photographed by Dewey Nicks

 

For those of you keeping score, I “broke up” with SELF magazine a few months ago and all of my reasons were stated in my “cri de coer” post this past September. After being a loyal reader for many years I felt that the new look and editorial was aiming too young and low brow. That they were reaching so far to appeal to 20-somethings that they forget about their core reader loves health & fitness and wants to add to their knowledge base.

Well I have to admit that the October issue is a vast improvement upon the last few issues (I have not reviewed SELF since May) and I am happy to feature them on my Blog. Woo hoo! Now, keep it up SELF! Don’t make me shun you again!

 

SELF Cover Star for October:

Lucy Hale

I have NO idea who she is but for some reason I follow actress Lucy Hale on Instagram. (She seems totally cool and adorable by the way.)  Lucy’s trainer (Bryna Carracino) keeps the Pretty Little Liars star in shape with a series of “static holds” which you can see below. Her personal record for a chaturanga is two minutes seven seconds which is pretty damn impressive!

 

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So What Else is in the October SELF?

“I Have a Strong, Athletic Body. I Wish I Loved It”

Here we get an essay from badass squash champion Ivy Pochoda who works hard to stay in shape but gets rude comments about her “mannish” legs. I want to give her a hug and let her know she is a phenomenal woman and not to give in to the body-shaming haters. (Screw them! You are awesome & fierce!)

 

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“Master Class”

CrossFit Coach Megan May shows how to perform a righteous dead lift.

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“Shopping Special”

SELF started the whole “pink ribbon” campaign for breast cancer awareness many moons ago and every October they feature “pink” items that will benefit cancer charities. So get to shopping!

 

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“Trainer to Go”

World class trainer David Kirsch shows a few different exercises you can do in a plank position. (Plan on using these in my core classes soon!)

 

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“How Did I Workout Without This?”

Awesome “high-tech gear” that pro football players use are featured on this page and that makes me happy. (Because I love football. Go Niners!)

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“23 Minutes”

Say you truly only have a half hour at the gym to workout—these moves from Sean Begley of Plus One Fitness will help you get your sweat on in a minimum amount of time.

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The Rest of the Best of the October SELF:

  • “Fat Talk. Old Talk” Recently I have been thinking more about the “O” word and how much I hate it when people my age or much younger use it to describe themselves. Nice to read an article about I from someone far more eloquent than me! (Writer is Erin Bried)
  • “Do I Really Have to Stop Eating Bacon?” Good god I hope not! In the October issue we get “Women’s Cancer Handbook” which talks about which “bad habits” you need to nix to ward off disease.

Overall Grade:

B Big improvement over the last few months and I tore out many pages to keep on file which is always a good sign.

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

 

Ox Ox,

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine October issue 2

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: October2013

Christi Marraccini photographed by Jeff Olson

Christi Marraccini photographed by Jeff Olson

 

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

“Burn 500 Calories”

Bad ass trainer Jeanette Jenkins demonstrates this workout that will torch the calories and get your heart working on these pages. You can also win her newest DVD Sexy Abs Cardio Scuplt with Kelly Rowland and Hollywood trainer Jeanette Jenkins by sending an e-mail to freebie@fitnessmagazine.com with the subject line “Sexy Abs Sweepstakes.”

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“Balance Your Body”

These ‘nine simple drills” from Gray Cook (physical therapist and author of Athletic Body in Balance) will help you build your balance, strength and flexibility.

 

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Fitness Beauty Awards”

You all know I love my beauty stories so this feature made me very happy.

 

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“Tight Abs and Tush”

Fantastic workout with bands from Rachel Piskin (co-founder of ChaiseFitness) that utilizes a band.

 

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Get Out” Tips for enjoying a hike in the great outdoors safely.
  • “Stronger Than Ever” Excellent feature on a group of women who overcome all sorts of big time health issues and have come back to rock the world.
  • “You’re Overthinking It” One of my toughest challenges in life is overcoming negative self-talk and this article addresses that issue.

Overall Grade:

A Plenty of top notch workouts and beauty things to make me happy here!

You can follow Fitness magazine at www.fitnessmagazine.com

 

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

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 51

The “Brooklyn Fit Chick 5 Favorite Things” Edition

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

 

Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Eminem looking a bit, er, out of it.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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

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

So let’s get to it, shall we?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

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

Ox Ox,

BFC

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