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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 50 Featuring @Whole30, @RobbWolf, @fhittingroom @Physique57 @Baristudio @mokshayoganyc 3

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 50

The “I Had Me a Great Time on Vacation” and “Back to Whole 30” Edition

Featuring Classes from Bari Studio, Physique 57, the Fhitting Room and Moksha Yoga

The Bari Studio SoHo

The Bari Studio SoHo

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

How is everyone? I am feeling fit & fabulous after enjoying a solid week of rest and relaxation. Is there anything better than that? I think not and am ready to get back to my life which includes Blogging and Vlogging for all of you nice folks. Yay!

So how did I spend my week? Instead of working my day job, teaching or training I decided to go out there and try some classes out there that have always intrigued me and enjoy being a student for a change. So without further ado (well, there may be more ado about them in a future article for Fit Bottomed Girls so stay tuned!) here is a quick summation of the classes I was able to take this week.

  • First up we have Bari Studio in Soho where I tried out “Bari Micro”—a very cool 60-minute class where the focus was on the smaller muscles around your body. Really challenging and fun to try out. (See photo of the Soho studio above.)
  • Next I finally had the time to check out the celebrated “barre” class Physique 57 which completely kicked my booty. (Apparently Kelly Ripa is a big fan of the workout.)
  • The Fhitting Room is an Upper East Side High Interval Intensity Training Studio (HIIT) that is a big hit among NYC fitness editors so I knew I had to try them out for myself. Not sure how I made it through the whole hour but I will for sure come back (Thanks so much @erocfitness and @drossfit!)
  • Finally I decided to get a major sweat going with Moska Yoga NYC which is a fast-rising yoga studio movement which emphasizes kindness to both the participants and the environment. My good friend Marrilee Wilson studies at their Halifax studio and turned me on to their classes. (I just could not stomach the idea of Bikram yoga which also believes in a hot room to practice but is WAY too strict for my taste.

Whew! It was a tough week but like I said, it was so nice as an instructor to play the role of an eager student and take my game to a higher level in my own classes. (Thanks to all of you fantastic instructors this past week!)

So now that summer is on the wane and I have been indulging in a little too much “not Paleo” food and wine the last few months I have decided to start a whole new “Whole 30” month starting today. Hooray! This means I will follow Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution plan for the next 30 days and will NOT indulge in:

  • Processed food (nothing that comes out of a box or a bag)
  • Sugars (except from fruit)
  • Any kind of dairy
  • Wheat, gluten or grain
  • Wine (boo!)

If you want to follow along on my adventure be sure to check me out on Instagram where I will post my day’s meals. (Or if you just want to see photos of some of the cutest cats you have ever seen in your entire life!!! (Really.)

Lastly I want to thank Danny J. of The Sweaty Betties who featured me as an “Ambassador Spotlight” this past week. (And if any of you wouldn’t mind retweeting it I would be most grateful!

 

Now onto this week’s Vlog post:

 

Okay—that is it for me today. This week Brooklyn Fit Chick is back up and running and I am looking forward to getting healthy this fall with all of you lovely people!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick /Fitbloggin’ 2013 Highlights

The City of Portland, Giving Speeches, Chloe Sevigny’s Arm, Paleo Food Trucks and

Experiencing the Joy of  Multiple Hugs

 

Party night

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

 

I am back from Portland and slowly getting back to my “real life” as just little old me versus “Brooklyn Fit Chick”—it’s a tough transition.

When I was in Portland I felt as if I could just be myself all of the time and not hold back on giving someone a hug or being a total goofball. It was such a wonderful time and if I were a better writer I would be able to express how grateful I am each year to have a place where all of my personality quirks are fine and no one cares what size I wear or how much money I make. My goal is to bring more of this into my life. More joy, more laughs and certainly—more hugs.

First day was kind of a wash because my flights on Virgin airlines were so behind schedule that I was had to fly through Los Angeles instead of San Francisco and did not get in until almost midnight (sheesh!)

However, this turned out to be kind of a cool diversion because sitting right in front of me the way to Los Angeles was none other than actress Chloe Sevigny who was quiet and very sweet.

I took a quick picture of her delicate arm (hope she doesn’t mind!)

 

Chloe Sevigny

 

In the first class section sat Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker star Patty Stanger but since I have been warned that Patty is made of snakes (a nod to the fabulous Julie Klausner) I kept my distance from her.

At the hotel (The Nines which provided the best guest experience I have ever had) I was greeted by my amazing roommate Christine of Dubya Wife who had good enough manners to ignore my calls to room service for glasses of wine at midnight and my lack of any initiative for early morning workouts (hmm—are those two things related?)

Christine is my sister/friend and I am SO grateful she is in my life. Thank you Christine! (And see you at Mardis Gras 2015!)

BFC and Dubya's Wife--look out y'all!

BFC and Dubya’s Wife–look out y’all!

 

This was the first year at Fitbloggin where we had a fashion show (created by the insanely lovely Emmie Ho Sandford of Skinny Emmie) and it featured just about all of my favorite people in the world including Carla Birnberg Miz Fit Online,  Jennifer Mitchell of Comeback Momma and Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick.

 

Fashion Show

 

Me and Emmie catching up. (Love her to pieces!)

Emmie me

 

On Friday I faced a big fear of mine and actually gave a speech in public—yikes! Very happy to report the Writing the Perfect Pitch workshop I co-presented along with Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of http://funandfit.org/ and Jamie Walker of “Sweat Pink/Fit Approach” http://www.fitapproach.com/sweat-pink/ (they are all sublime women) went over so well—big whew!

(Also a BIG “thank you” to my friend Martin who helped me put the presentation together—I owe you big, my friend.)

It was a particular thrill for me to meet the Williams sisters as I have been following them for years but I was not smart enough to remember to take a picture with them (dammit!)

Instead, here is a photo of me looking up to Kymberly as she gave a kick ass speech.

 

Thanks to Fitbloggin' for the photo!

Thanks to Fitbloggin’ for the photo!

After our workshop I felt the need to go for a walk and explore the city a bit which is when I discovered how cool Portland truly is. What a wonderful city filled with smart, interesting and NICE people.

 

Portland 3

My mission was to try and find the food truck I read about in Paleo magazine called Cultered Caveman. Holy smokes! First of all— I got to meet the owner Joe Ban who is not only a cool guy that can cook a mean Brazilian chicken but he also looks like Matt Damon—score!! Needless to say I went back Saturday as well to try out their mini-meatballs and brussel sprouts & broccoli mash (sooooo good.)

 

Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!

Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!

 

Friday night we had the annual “Ignite” presentation where fellow Fitbloggers talked from the heart about where they are in their lives and how they want to use their situation to help others. Two of my favorites that night were Sue of Mrs. Fatass and my roomie Christine.

Here is a photo of Sue.

 

Mrs Fatass

 

This is a quick clip of Christine’s presentation. http://youtu.be/6Z_SvR69Fjw

 

Saturday morning I met up with Brandi Koskie of Diets in Review as well as her husband and daughter to check out the Saturday outdoor market in Portland. This is located by the main campus of Portland State University and I was completely blown away by the beautiful homes surrounding the market.

 

Here is the Simon Benson house.

Simon Benson House

 

The Portland market entrance.

Portland Veggie market

 

This is Paisley—say hello to the world baby girl!

Paisley

Saturday afternoon (after I explored every single booth at the Portland Saturday Market downtown) I came back to the hotel to witness my first in-person flash mob. Margo of This is Not Your Momma’s Blog put the whole thing together and let me tell you it was a BIG hit with the crowd. (Yay for Margo power!)

Link to the Flash Mob clip: http://youtu.be/G_1CEC-90Ic

 

 

Two Margos hugging.

Margos

 

Saturday night was filled with hugs, drinking and more hugs with a few more terrific people I want to mention before I need to lie down and just think about Fitbloggin some more.

 

Shelton, Brandi and the gorgeous Lisa Johnson of Lisa Johnson Fitness.

 

Shelton Brandi Lisa

 

Me and fellow Sweaty Betty Valerie Kirkland of Livefit Journey

 

SBs

 

Alicia of Poise in Parma (love this gal!)

Alicia and Me

 

Me, Suzanne of Workout Nirvana and Tamara Grand.

 

Me Suzanne Tamara

Sometime on Saturday night the music started blaring and then this started to happen…

 

Chef Jason Roberts cutting a rug.

Chef dancing

 

Gangnam Style!

Party night

 

I needed to part ways sometime when the karaoke started (never been a fan—sorry!) My flight to NYC was leaving Portland at 6:30 am so I needed some shut eye time and was fully intending on going straight to bed when Lifetime TV had to put on the Anna Nicole Smith movie. Sheesh! Am I only human, people!

 

Anna nicole

So this is my last image from Portland. I think it captures the movie quite well, don’t you?

That is all for now. My next post will feature my exclusive “Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway” so y’all come back now ya hear?

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 37: Featuring @FitnessMagazine @KOSSCorporation and @ZaynaBostonBody Giveaway! #fitblognyc #Fit4Life 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode 37

Featuring: Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet” Quick Recap, KOSS Headphones for Women and the Boston Body Barre DVD Giveaway

Large Sculpt Express image

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This has been an exceptionally fast, busy and fun week for me and I have so much to express that I can’t keep it to just one post. So today I will give you all a brief recap of my latest happenings and then will go into more details throughout the week with separate postings for different topics. Sounds good? Excellent! So let me get right to what I am talking about in my Vlog this week (it includes a nifty giveaway!)

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • My favorite moments from the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event which took place this past Thursday at the Mercedes Club in NYC and completely rocked my world. I will go into greater detail later this week with a full recap of my takeaways from the event but my personal favorite moments include:
  • My first week with my new KOSS headphones with two new products (The FitSeries) that are designed by women (including Olympic champion Dara Torres!)

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

Here is the press release for Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:

BOSTON BODY BARRE: SCULPT EXPRESS…

Reshape Your Body with This Pilates and Barre Fitness Program…

(Boston, MA) Award winning Pilates expert and owner of five Boston Body Pilates studios, Zayna Gold, best known for her ability to engage and connect with her students, has just released her newest DVD in the Boston Barre Series: “BOSTON BODY BARRE: SCULPT EXPRESS” (60 minutes, $20 www.bostonbody.com .) Viewers will reshape their body with this fun and effective workout as they get sculpted, toned and lean. Done two to three times a week, viewers will watch their bodies become stronger and appear leaner and more graceful. Sculpt Express will firm buttocks, flatten the tummy, and create long lean legs, while leaving viewers to feel energized and refreshed.

Boston Body Barre: Sculpt Express is the second in the Boston Body Barre DVD series. Zayna instructs and leads a fun, unique class that combines traditional ballet moves with Pilates, stretching and cardio to tone, lift and sculpt the body. Viewers can do the entire 60 minute workout, or they can isolate shorter segments to concentrate on sculpting the thighs, waist, buttocks, arms, and tummy. Zayna leads the workout as she demonstrates deep toning isometric exercises for conditioning, elongating and firming, to re-sculpt the body. Modifications are shown for all levels.

ABOUT ZAYNA GOLD: Zayna Gold is the founder and co-owner of Boston Body Pilates and Boston Body Barre with five locations in the Boston area. Zayna is the creator of the Balanced Body Barre training program. She travels the world to instruct other Pilates’ professionals in the Balanced Body Barre education program. Zayna was awarded the “Next Pilates Instructor” by Pilates Anytime in 2011 and is a visiting instructor on www.pilatesanytime.com . Since 1989, Boston Body has been known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all fitness levels. Great instructors are the key to Boston Body’s success. For the past 20 years, Zayna has enjoyed teaching them how to inspire and retain clients while maintaining a unique style to elevate their training to the next level. Zayna is certified by Stott Pilates and Power Pilates and is faculty for Balanced Body Education, Anatomy in 3-D and Boston Body Barre. Boston Body has been awarded Top Domestic Site for Balanced Education since 2008. Zayna has been seen on TV and is a contributor to national newspapers and magazines. www.bostonbody.com

Here is clip of Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:

If you are interested in winning Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)
  • Also Tweet out to @ZaynaBostonBody

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 27th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22 with Awesome News about @SweatyBetties and my @BalancedBites Book Giveaway! 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 22

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

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

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

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

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

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

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

My Practical Paleo Giveaway: (See below!)

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

 

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

Practical Paleo

by Diane Sanfillippo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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