Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes: Getting More “Zen” in My Life, AFFA Certs and Podcast News

Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes April 2016

Gaining More Zen In My Life, Looking for AFAA Certs, Fit Bottomed Girls Articles, and “Book Vs. Movie” Rocking the iTunes the Charts

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!

Look at Us! Top 300 out of many, many thousands!


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A Busy Margo is an Unwell Margo:    

I hate people who complain how busy they are. It’s a major pet peeve of mine.  Like, “please feel sorry/be jealous about how much I have going on in my life.” It’s obnoxious and not helpful at all.

Of course, life can get really complicated at times and say during tax season you will be super-pressed for time getting your forms and receipts together. Or during the holidays getting your gifts ready and prepping for travel with the family will leave you feeling stressed. But people who constantly humble/brag how busy they are make me want to scream. (Does anyone else remember the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson song of that name?)

Well, lately I have been struggling with being overscheduled and having too many things due at once. I try to be cheerful about it when I describe my days/weekends to people but lately I have been finding it very hard to relax in the evening. I will start pacing my apartment when my work day is done (I work mostly from home) and if the weather is decent I will run an errand to get some air. Most mornings I teach fitness so I don’t need an extra workout.

Then a friend recommended I try meditation which has been a bugaboo for me for many, many years. I have an “unquiet” mind that struggles to find focus and frankly I am getting sick of it. I want to learn to meditate and hopefully I will learn to relax and take better care of my mental health.

Soooo, I am pleased to announce that I am going to be making monthly installments to a new site called Fit Bottomed Zen where I will discuss the latest in mediation trends and will give updates on my progress. Wish me luck and if you have any advice for how I can get more “Zen” in my life, please leave tips/suggestions below.

Anyhoo, back to my life the past few weeks…

AFAA credits:

Are any of you fitness instructors? Do you have the same struggle as me to get in your credits every two years to keep your certification? Mine just expired and I now have to fit in so many online classes to get my credits in. Are there any courses you recommend I take? I was thinking pre-natal and post-menopausal women would be good for my group fitness certification (taking care of different generations of women!)

Have YOU taken any classes from AFAA or IDEA lately that you think was extra cool/helpful—please let me know! I am struggling to fit it into my busy schedule! (Hardy Har Har)

Fit Bottomed Girls Hits:

As some of you know—I am a NYC contributor for the popular fitness Blog Fit Bottomed Girls and this month I have had some articles featured there including:

Book Vs Movie Podcast News:

Margo Porras of She’s Nacho Mama’s Blog and I co-host the “Book Vs. Movie” podcast (that you can subscribe to via iTunes at this link) and after 15 months worth of shows and struggling to find our way in a male-dominated world. Well guess what—we are in the top 300 podcast for TV & Movies!!! (Out of a hundred thousand if that gives you any perspective.) We are very excited about this milestone and we are also looking for suggestions for book/movie adaptations. So if you have any suggestions—please let me know in the comments below or email us at

Whew–that’s it for me today!  I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more. Happy Spring Everyone!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @FitnessMagazine with @JillianMichaels on the Cover!!!

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Fitness: April 2013

Jillian Michaels photographed by Justin Stephens

Jillian Michaels photographed by Justin Stephens

What Do We Learn This Month in Fitness?

Jillian Michaels

Oh boy—my love for Jillian grows by leaps and bounds with every interview. In this one for Fitness she admits that while she loves her kids to death—they also drive her crazy sometimes.  She also admits she now checks her e-mails while on the StiarMaster instead of giving 100% to all of her workouts (a big “no-no” before for the strict trainer.)

Jillian also gives us a look at her exclusive “Bodyshred” workout that is taught at Crunch gyms all over the U.S.

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“Spring Shoe Guide”

Ooh, do we see some cute sneakers in this issue? YES!

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“Tech Support”

Fitness shows us the best new gadgets to upgrade your workouts.

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“Walk Off the Weight”

Check out this 45-minute walk created by Danny Dreyer of Chi Walking that will help you get in a good sweat without aggravating your joints.

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“Hit the Spot”

Fabulous workout from Lauren Boggi (founder of The Lithe Method) that utilizes a Spri Sponge Ball (but you can switch it out with a “slightly deflated soccer ball.”

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And now the rest of this issue of Fitness:

  • “Seven Ways to Save on Healthcare” Most of us spend an astounding $3157 a year on out of pocket healthcare costs. (Whoa!) Here are some tips to save some cash while remaining healthy.
  • “Have No Fear” I am big on trying to conquer your fears (not always successful at it) and this article in helping in identifying ways you can learn to deal with the things that scare you most.
  • “Eye Openers” I don’t know if my eyes look so heavy lately due to this crappy weather but I am trying some of the beauty products mentioned here to open up my peepers a bit more.
  • “Don’t Sweat It” Speaking of beauty tips—this section talks about common glam mishaps that can happen when you work out and how to avoid them.

Overall Grade:

A The April issue is a fun and informative read to get us all (finally) ready for Spring!

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