Brooklyn Fit Chick: Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet” NYC

Brooklyn Fit Chick 

Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” NYC Event

Look at this goodie bag! (Okay, the cat did not come from Fitness magazine.)

Look at this goodie bag! (Okay, the cat did not come from Fitness magazine.)

Hey There! Hi There Ho There!

Today is quick post going up because I am leaving for a week-long business trip coming up and am not going to be able to Blog very much whilst I am gone.

But fear not–I will be back very soon and will have a super, duper giveaway to offer on the 99th (!) Vlog episode to go live October 26th.

So what’s so great about the next giveaway? Well they will just happen to be a few select items from the goodie bag I received at the Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet” NYC Event. Honestly this event kicks ass every year and I always leave completely astonished at how much STUFF we get to take home! Sneakers from Hoka One One, skin care from Dermalogica, gear from Eddie Bauer and so much more.

In fact, there is so much great merchandise here that I am sharing the wealth via my next Vlog post so hang on to your knickers and get ready to win something special!

When I get back from my trip I will give you the lowdown of the “Meet & Tweet” but in the meantime, please enjoy these photos:

Selfie with Fitness Editor in Chief Betty Wong (Hi Betty!)

Selfie with Fitness Editor in Chief Betty Wong (Hi Betty!)

My lovely friend Toni from  "Running, Living, Loving"

My lovely friend Toni from “Running, Living, Loving”

My coolest friend "Namaste Mari" et moi

My coolest friend “Namaste Mari” et moi

I got a hug from Carla Hall of "Top Chef" and "The Chew"

I got a hug from Carla Hall of “Top Chef” and “The Chew”

That’s all I have right now.  I will still be tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming like a fool and won’t be completely off the  grid. See you all soon! (I am sorry the font is different here, damn WordPress!!!)

(If you are reading this on a different site or a different feed than Brooklyn Fit Chick, it has been taken without permission.)

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 44 @WalktheWalk Half-Marathon Recap plus Compression Socks and Tarted Up Bras #sweatybetties

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 44

Featuring: Walking All Night in NYC, Tarting Up Maidenform Bras, Compression Socks and More



Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Yesterday/last night I had a hell of a fun time with our friend Toni Church of Running Loving Living and her buddy Crystal as they walked their first marathon and I competed my first half marathon for breast cancer awareness—yay us!

The charity is called The Moon Walk/Walk the Walk and after many years of taking place in the U.K. they held their first overnight walk in the U.S. which started and ended at Randall’s Island. A place that in all of my 18 years living here have never been to and I still have no idea what they actually do there or why it even exists.

The actual walk began at 10:30 pm and the point was to walk by the moonlight for either a half or full marathon wearing a colorfully decorated bra to show support of breast cancer survivors. Having never run much less walked a half marathon before—this seemed like a daunting task.

However, Toni is a very convincing person and, of course, I signed up to join her team–Empire Blue Cross.

Overall the night was fun and fabulous though I could have done without the heat, humidity or the drunks on Second Avenue.

Though, I must say, many of them were sweet enough to offer high-fives along with an encouraging “Atta girl Sweetie!” And they say you can’t meet a decent guy in New York!


But let us start at the beginning…


The day started with Toni, Crystal and I meeting up at the Millennium hotel and modeling our tarted bras provided by Maidenform. I was going to glue stars all over mine but the glue gun I bought did not contain any glue (grrr) so I slapped on a bunch of stickers and called it a whimsical day.


Toni went a foxier route…


Toni and Me Walk the Night

Then we headed up to Randall’s Island to look for our VIP tent.

Randall's Island? Where the hell is that?

Randall’s Island? Where the hell is that?

Did I mention the VIP tent? Well this Paleo-loving gal was so happy to be on the Empire/Blue Cross team because we got to hang out in the fancy VIP tent and chow down on some top quality nosh along with water provided by Balance Spring Water which rocked my word.


Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

Before leaving I was able to meet Ms. New York United States 2013 Stephanie Jill Chernick who is totally adorable and I plan to interview soon to talk about her love of teaching kids fitness and health.

She is the gorgeous blonde to the left of me. (Of course I am made to pose with a line of hot, skinny 20-something cheerleaders before I take off for a 4-hour sweaty workout!)



The walk itself was incredible (hoping to get more photos to post for you guys!) and though I was hoping to complete the whole marathon with Toni and Crystal—my knee gave out on me somewhere around the South Street Seaport and said TAKE ME HOME NOW!


So I did just that at the half-way mark. After bidding a fond farewell to my homies a sweet cop hailed me a cab to send me off into the night.


Here I am enjoying the ride home (ah—air conditioning!)


Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

My cat Sarah greeted me when I finally got back to Brooklyn (about 2:30 am.)


Lights out now!

Lights out now!

And she meow-reminded me that I should wear my compression socks and knee brace to bed. So take a gander at this sexy shot fellas—you’re welcome!!


Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

So those are my major walk highlights from my first half-marathon walk. Now on to my Vlog for this week! Here are the highlights:



Thanks for dropping by today! I will be back this week with my playlists and magazine reviews aplenty. So y’all come back, ya hear?

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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Fitness “Meet & Tweet” Recap! @FitnessMagazine @roccodispirito @DrJAshton @FitBottomedMama

Fitness “Meet & Tweet” NYC

Highlights of Blogger Extravaganza Including:

Top Editors from Fitness, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Rocco DiSpirito

Plus, More Fit Bloggers Than You Can Shake a Stick At!


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Hey All!

Recently I enjoyed a day of fun, fitness, health and good cheer with some of the most amazing people in the Blogosphere with Fitness magazine’s second annual “Blogger Meet & Tweet” which was held this year at the fancy, schmancy Mercedes Club in New York City.

Throughout the morning we were treated to some interesting panel discussions featuring Fitness editors along with celebrity guests for a variety of topics.

Check out the view!

We were treated to a lovelier than expected day where we sat outside and got our collective learning on.
Fitness editor in chief Betty Wong was on hand to greet all Bloggers plus send us off to collect our loot (more on THAT later.)

Betty Wong

Betty Wong

There was a panel discussion featuring the top Bloggers in health & wellness including:

This panel discussion was moderated by Fitness digital editor Christine Griffin and provided all sorts of inspiration for us would-be money making Bloggers. (Not that I do it for the money…)

fitness Event 2

In fact, Erin even though Erin I work for the same company (I am a NYC contributor to Fit Bottomed Girls) this was the first we chance we got to give each other a hug. (Hey again Erin!)

Me and Erin Whitehead FBM

I think my favorite segment was when Fitness health editor Lisa Haney talked about women’s health issues with Jennifer Ashton, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. who was ready to discuss everything from Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy to the importance of birth control pills. She was so interesting!

Dr Ashton and Me

So, of course, I had to run over and get my picture taken with her. (Just so you know I am 5’ 7”—this woman is a TALL drink of water!)

Also on hand were The Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel who talked about the latest trends in “extreme fitness” and celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero who showed us how to stay gorgeous in the upcoming summer, sweaty months.

My favorite part of the day was watching my friend Mariette of Namaste Mari get totally gaga for Rocco DiSpirito. How cute do they look together by the way?

Mariette and Rocco

The “Meet & Tweet” was the perfect chance to catch up with friends like Jess,  Erica Sara, Patty Aziaga and my home girl Toni of Running Living Loving (below) as we are all too busy running around and never have time to catch up in person.

(Two Long Island chicks just hanging out, know what I mean?)

Toni and Me

So did I mention the goodie bag?

Well here is what it looked like coming home:

Goodie Bag

And this is how it looks when I tried to go through it:

Inside goodie bag

Among the items I received that day:

Whew! It was quite a day and I can NOT wait until next year so I can see what Fitness has in mind for us humble Bloggers.

And remember, you can be sure to check out Fitness magazine at

Ox ox,

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

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:


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 .) 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 . 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.

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,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Post 26 with @JustAddOJ Giveaway Claire Robinson Cookbook #JustAddOJ ST

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 26

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 26: Featuring My “Just Add OJ” Ambassadorship
Plus: Food Network’s Claire Robinson 5 Ingredient Fix Cookbook Giveaway!!

5 Ingredient Fix

5 Ingredient Fix

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Hello there! A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Fit Bottomed Girl & Fit Bottomed Eats about the “Just Add OJ” culinary competition (Link) that took place in New York and featured TV chef Claire Robinson (The Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix) and nutritional expert Heidi Skolnik. Well the good folks at the Florida Department of Citrus offered me the opportunity to be an ambassador for their “Just Add OJ” campaign for the month of March and I immediately said “yes!”

So that means I will be posting some yummy recipes you can find at including this one for a Zesty Citrus Dark Milkshake (link) that sounds amazing!

In the spirit of full disclosure I want to tell you that I am being compensated for my ambassadorship but let me state that I do indeed add 100% OJ to some of my favorite recipes and feel very good about this partnership. I will make this clear in all of my upcoming tweets on the topic which will go under the hashtag #JustAddOJ and will be indicated by the letters “ST” (sponsored tweet.) Cool?

On my Vlog today I talk about this sponsorship plus:
• My pal Toni Church of the Running, Living, Loving Blog ( and the video I will post on her site describing what I carry in my gym bags. (Yes, I carry two of them wherever I teach and the video is not as boring as it sounds like it should be.)
• The online course I took at NASM (link) to get my “Weight Loss Specialist” certification. (Online is the way to go, people!)
• My latest giveaway which includes a $20 gift card from Williams-Sonoma, a measuring cup plus a copy of Claire Robinson’s cookbook 5 Ingredient Fix link

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post! (Hopefully the thumnail photo is not the scary one of me!)

If you are interested this “Just Add OJ” Sponsored Giveaway (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 @JustAddOJ
• Use the hastag #JustAddOJ

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

Ox Ox,
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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17 with Flip Camera Giveaway and @FitBloggin Mentions!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 17

The Latest Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog featuring a Flip Camera Giveaway, The MILF Diet Book Giveaway Plus, My Struggle to Remain Coherent While Recording on Cold Medicine!

(Also, scroll below the video for my 2012 “Thank Yous”)

That's my cat T!

That’s my cat T!

You can enter to win this Flip camera but not the cat—sorry about that!


Happy New Year!!!

As I am setting up this post, it is New Year’s Eve and all I can think about is what happened in my life in 2012 (both good & bad) plus all of the wonderful things I am looking forward to doing, seeing and experiencing in 2013. Before I get to my list of what I am most thankful for this past year—I would like to start with my last Vlog post for 2012 which includes my newest giveaway (a Flip camera!), my current MILF Diet book giveaway plus my upcoming posts planned for the week.


My cats do not make an appearance this time but I am bit loopy on cold medicine so that is always fun to check out!



Got that? Okay here are the details of the Flip camera giveaway. All you need to do is post below and let me know what you would film for your Vlog posts and I will pick one winner at my discretion next Monday, January 7th at Noon eastern time.


The contest is open to residents of the Continental U.S. plus I am opening it up to the wild and wacky residents of the Great White North!! (Yes, that means YOU too can win my beautiful Canadian readers!)


Those who post to my Twitter feed will get extra consideration @BrooklynFitChik. Also—if you have not signed up for my You Tube channel (BrooklynFitChick1)—you might want to do that as well (hint, hint!)


Finally—I want to leave you today with all of the things I am grateful for from 2012:

  • Going “Paleo” and switching to a whole/non-packaged foods. I have a couple of friends who still can’t seem to understand why (even after all of my Blogging about the health benefits I have gained) I went on this supposedly “strict” program but in addition to losing almost 20 unwanted pounds since last December—I now have a new appreciation for food as a fuel source. This is no small thing people! (Yes—even a teacher can learn a new lesson from time to time!) Also, kudos and “merci” to Keri Olkjer at  for her extra encouragement and all of the information she offered without a bit of hesitation. Thanks Keri!
  • The amazing, wonderful, inspiring and unforgettable Fitbloggin conference in Baltimore this past year. Special thanks to everyone I met there including Roni Noone, Carla Birnberg, Steve Gray, Robby Lamb, Christine Assaf, Toni Church, Emmie Sandford, Jack Sh*t (unfortunately, I do not know his real last name!) Tara Martin, Meegan Dowe, Joise Maurer, Kelly Olexa, Brandi Koskie, Dr. Mary, Sheryl Yvette, Sue O’Lear, Susan Ito, Mark L. from The Biggest Loser and so many more than I can’t name in just one Blog posting.  I bought my tickets for this coming June in Portland and if I can afford it—you will see me there for sure!
  • My best friend in the world—Deborah Cota. Deb is a nonstop source of love and support for me and I just wanted to take the time to thank her for all that she does for me. If you want to find about Deb’s awesome books—check out her Blog The Kindred here:
  • My new friend Marrliee Wilson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who after only knowing me a few short weeks spent hours of her time trying to teach me how to record a podcast. (I will make it happen in 2013 Marrilee! Promise!) Thank you for being such a warm and wonderful source of advice and unconditional support. You are a true gem!
  • Jenn & Tish of Fit Bottomed Girls for (especially Jenn!) not only offering me the opportunity to be their New York City eyes and ears BUT ALSO for sending me virtual hugs and high fives when I need them. You are both exemplary.
  • Finally, I want to take the time to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you who take the time to read my Blog and watch my Vlog posts (especially you Missy Barnum, Toni Church and Jennifer Mitchell of the Fitness Bloggers group on Facebook who always give me their time and incredibly useful feedback. You are the best!) It means the world to me to know that there are people out there who are joining me on this journey to get healthy and feel good for the rest of my life. Let’s do this together gang!!


Well—that is it for today. Be sure to come back in 2013 for all of the health, fitness, food and pop culture you can handle in one blog. Big hugs and kisses to all of you. (“Mwah!”)

Ox Ox,


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