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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine March Issue with New Look! 13

What Did We Learn This Month?

 

 SELF: March 2013

Julianne Hough photograhed by Dewey Nicks

Julianne Hough photograhed by Dewey Nicks

Hi All!

SELF had a big old redesign and relaunch of its brand recently and according to this article from the New York Times they are aiming for the 20-something reader. This filled my heart with dread but I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that it will still be the fun/smart read I look forward to each month.

Here we go…

SELF Cover Star for March:

 

Julianne Hough

I am not a big watcher of Dancing With the Stars but I do remember the couple of times I have seen it and thinking Julianne Hough seemed sweet. The dancer turned acrtess has a new movie out called Safe Haven (costarring with Josh Dahumel) and was scared about filming her first love scene (and subsequently needed a shot to get through it.) That’s about as risque she gets apparently. (Oh the fun in life she has to look forward to!)

Julianne is a teeny tiny dancer who claims to gain weight pretty easily so she works hard to keep fit (when not enjoying the occasional splurge day with boyfriend Ryan Seacrest.) You can get a look at an exclusive workout trainer Astrid McGuire (@AstridMcGuire) at this SELF.com link.

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So What Else is in the March SELF?

30-Minutes Workouts

Love this feature with “5 Cool Cardio Workouts” that are each only 30 minutes long and can fit into any busy person’s schedule.

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Box Jumps

SELF has a new page called “Dying to Try It” and this month they talk about how to perform a well-executed box jump. Trainer Ted Borgerding of Ignition APG gym in Cincinnati gives us the info here.

 

(I love the tights on this model!)

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“Sexy Arms. Yours.” (The punctuation very strange in the magazine…)

Another new page is titles “Trainer to Go” which features exercise physiologist Pete McCall (@FitExpertPete) who shows how to get sexy arms.

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“The Get-Ahead Drug”

SELF goes into a more serious mode here talking about the dangers of the ADD prescription drug Adderall.

The Rest of the Best of the March SELF:

  • “DIY Facials” Why spend a fortune on beauty things when you can make your own lotions and potions with fresh ingredients you already have at home?
  • “High-Top Sneakers” Sparkly, high-top sneakers are all the fashion rage this year darling!
  • “Surviving a Quart-Life Crisis” Did I mention they are skewering younger at SELF? This piece is about surviving life in your mid 20- mid-30s. (But they really mean surviving 25 which I admit was a sucky age but still…)
  • “I Married the Wrong Guy” What does it say about me that my favorite article in this issue was an anonymously-written essay from a woman claiming to regret her marriage? (Don’t answer that!)

Overall Grade:

B I am not sure about the new direction yet but will give them a couple more issues before I decide whether to keep on reviewing SELF each month.

On the plus side–I love the workouts.  The rest of the sections–not so much right now. Next month…

Have you read the March SELF yet? What do you think of the new look?

You can check out SELF online at: www.Self.com
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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog with @JillianMichaels book giveaway! Plus @SELFmagazine @FitnessMagazine @Shape_Magazine 26

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

Jillian Michales new book

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

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

On today’s Vlog (below) I discuss:

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

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

• The latest news on my coccyx bone bruising.

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

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

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

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

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

• Optimizing your fat-burning potential

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Managing stress to help ignite your metabolism

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

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

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

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

• Post a comment on my Blog below.

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

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

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine with Emmy Rossum on the Cover! 11

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: February 2013

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

Emmy Rossum photographed by Kenneth Willardt

SELF Cover Star for February:

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

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

So What Else is in the February SELF?

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

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

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

Sneakers 001

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

Tech 001

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

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

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

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What Did We Learn This Month? @SELFmagazine Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco! #fitfluential 3

What Did We Learn This Month?

SELF: January 2013

Kelly Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

Kaley Cuoco photographed by Ben Watts

SELF Cover Star for January:

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley stars in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory (I have never seen it—should I check it out?) who is a big-time animal lover (just rescued her third pit bull—good on you Kaley as well as a spinning fanatic. (SELF doesn’t mention which studio she likes but it sounds like Soul Cycle to me.)

Check out Kaley’s “Theories on Life” right here at this link from Self.com

So What Else is in the January SELF?

“Look Dope on the Slopes”

I have not been on a pair of skis in almost 15 years but if I could wear something super-cute (say, one of the outfits below) you would see me covered in snow right away.

Groovy ski gear!

Groovy ski gear!

“Power Up!”

According to SELF readers, a whopping 93% of them need help raising their energy levels (changing my diet upped mine people—just sayin’…) Here we get advice on all kinds of ways to charge your own batteries.

Power Up 001

“Butt & Gut”

Ooh—I liked these pages! If you have an exercise ball handy I suggest you try out these moves from trainer Bernie Zurella of Gold’s Gym in. Zurella is a former kickboxing fighter and Army drill sergeant who has a waitlist for folks who want to take his “Butt and Gut” class.

Here is a link for his workout as well: http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2013/01/firm-your-butt-in-six-moves-slideshow?intcid=trail1218#slide=1

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

I ripped out this page to steal ideas!

“Jump Start Diet (JSD)”

SELF has a six-day diet plan which includes one ditch day (which is why the model below is seen with ice cream, I guess?) Developed by Patricia Bannan, R.D. (Eat Right When Time is Right) you can sign up online to try the JSD and win prizes at self.com/jumpstart.

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“10-Minute Tone UP”

All you need is an exercise band to do these moves from Alexander Kaufman, creator of P.E.P.P.E.R. (Practical Exercise Personally Planned Equals Results) in New York City.

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The Rest of the Best of the January SELF:

  • “Trapped at Work” A new year can mean a whole new beginning job-wise. If you are ready to make a career change—check out this article before you begin making the big leap.
  • “Why A.M. Exercise Rules…” I know for me—if I don’t exercise out of the way first thing in the morning I can wind up losing motivation as the day wears on. If you need advice on how to get your butt out of bed in A.M.—check out page 46.
  • “Feed Your Face” I love my beauty stories and this one is filled with “trendy nutrition boosters.’ LUV!

Overall Grade:

A- If you are looking for some 2013 motivation—check out SELF!

Have you read the January SELF yet? What was your favorite feature?What are your favorite winter workouts? Post a comment when you can!

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

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode Featuring “More Skin,” “The Diet Show” & @BLMark, a Groovy Yoga Gear Giveaway, & More! 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 18

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Super-Fantastic Beginner Yoga Gear Giveaway, The “Biggest Losers” on The Diet Show, a Groovy Scale from Eat Smart

(Also, Undermining Comments from Well-Meaning Friends)

 

WW yoga kit array

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

 

I have a really cool beginner yoga giveaway today that features a “Yoga Beginner’s Kit” from Weight Watchers and an Intro to Yoga DVD that I am so excited to offer today.

 

First, I need to give a shout out to Mark Pinhasovich (follow him on Twitter @BLMark) who was a winner on TV’s The Biggest Loser and is now one of the stars of an amazing show held at Stage 72 in New York called “The Diet Show.” It features funny & entertaining monologues from several BL competitors from the past including Tara Costa, Alfredo “Frado” Dinten and Erik Chopin plus we get a bit of old-school hilarity from comic Jeff ““The Fat Rat Bastard” Pirrami (I was lucky enough to hang out with his wife & daughter at the show) as well as a stripped down essay from model Krista Hays (really!)

 

You can get more information about The Diet Show here: http://stage72.com/?p=394

 

And now—here’s this week’s Vlog which features my new yoga gear & DVDs giveaway, a groovy Digital Scale from the folks at EatSmart Products plus the well-meaning but kind of condescending remarks I heard over a holiday meal about my healthy lifestyle. Oh–and my sister advised me to “show more skin” so I obliged. 🙂

 

 

Got that? Okay here are the details first for the yoga DVD:

 

New ‘ELEMENT: INTRO TO YOGA” DVD is the Perfect Place to Start!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Doesn’t it seem like there are more yoga studios than nail salons lately? In fact, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association reports that participation in yoga is up 16.8% for the past two years. People who may have previously been afraid to invest the energy, time and money to give it a go, now have a simple option so that they may experience the many benefits of yoga for themselves. The new “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD will be in stores and on Amazon.com from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Not only does it provide an easy way to begin a yoga practice right at home, it also offers an intermediate practice to grow into. Each practice is about thirty minutes long.

 

The “Element: Intro to Yoga” DVD is the newest offering from this best-selling mind/body DVD brand. It’s designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to yoga so that one may begin at any level and continually progress. Instructor Tamal Dodge’s fundamentals program moves step-by-step through the basics of yoga breathing, foundation postures, and short vinyasa flows. His intermediate sequence introduces the next stage of postures, offering more challenging versions of fundamental poses, and flowing through a series of full sun salutations. Both of these programs will build strength and tone muscle while they improve balance, increase flexibility, aid in relaxation, and allow anyone to begin realizing the positive impact that yoga can have.

 

No props are needed for these programs aside from a yoga mat though a yoga block may be helpful. As with all “Element” DVDs, this was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the ocean.

 

Raised in Hawaii on his family’s yoga ashram, Tamal Dodge began teaching yoga at the age of 16. He is the co-founder of The Yoga Collective, one of the largest yoga studios in the Los Angeles area, and is the owner/director of the Tamal Yoga School, a national yoga certification program. When he is not teaching at his studio or school, Tamal spends much of his time touring the world to share the benefits of yoga with people of all ages. His goal is not only to help people become physically fit but ultimately happier and more fulfilled. A talented composer and musician, Dodge composed the soundtrack and played most of the instruments on the DVD. He works with several celebrities including Cheryl Hines of “Suburgatory”.

 

Here is a clip from You Tube so you can see for yourself how great it is:

 

And here are the details for the Yoga Starter Kit from Weight Watchers:

 

Introducing Weight Watchers® Fitness Kits!

Beverly Hills, CA – Weight Watchers, the world’s leading provider of weight management services, and Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leading provider of fitness videos, are joining forces to make fitness more fun and more accessible to everyone. Three fitness kits will be available in mass merchants and on www.walmart.com beginning December 29, 2012. Each kit includes a workout DVD and all the fitness equipment needed along with a 10-week exercise tracker.

 

“Yoga Starter Kit” is the perfect way for anyone to dip their toes in and see why yoga has become so popular. The modifications shown for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels allow you to start where you are and try new variations as your experience level advances. The kit includes a comfort-sized yoga block and woven cotton strap along with the tracker and DVD. These props assist in stretching, help modify exercises for varying degrees of flexibility and are used to tone muscle. Sara Ivanhoe has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. According to Ivanhoe, “It can be difficult for someone new to fitness to maneuver a full sun salutation, for example, because you’re moving up, down and back up again. I took that out of the equation by making a standing routine and a floor routine, each 30 minutes long. My goal is to get everyone used to the basics first and build from there. Each practice will leave you feeling strong, energized and balanced.”

 

Awesomesauce! So what do you need to do in order to win?

 

If you are interested in getting a copy of this DVD & the Yoga Starter Kit (Continental U.S. only please—sorry to my Canadian Peeps!) you need to do the following three things:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below.
  • Sign up for my You Tube channel (if you have not done so already!) http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to @BrooklynFitChik and @AnchorBayEntFit

 

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, January 14th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

 

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