Brooklyn Fit Chick News & Notes February 2016
Winning a Yoga Mat from Reebok & Tara Stiles!!
Fit Bottomed Girls Latest Articles Talkin’ HIIT Workouts
and Lower Ab Moves
“Book vs Movie” The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
I am one of those people who love to complain how I won exactly one trophy when I was a kid. It was by the local Fire Department and they asked for kids in my grade to paint something that would speak to fire prevention. My family was big into camping at the time so I create a pastiche to forest fires which earned me first place which felt great!
(Here I am with my usual tennis shoes and messy hair.)
After that sweet win—personal victories have escaped me. I have won on teams and as part of a group effort but those solo prizes have been few and far between.
Never a winner when my Blogger peeps have a giveaway and I have entered almost every sweepstakes from Shape and SELF magazine with no results except SPAM emails from affiliate advertisers.
You know that game where you have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to win the prize?
What are the odds a person actually picks the actual number of beans and winds up coming in second because it was a two-way tie decided by a coin toss? (Me at the age of ten and I have NEVER played one of those games since then. It still stings to think about it…)
Well my luck change recently when I noticed a tweet from Reebok which had a photo of yoga goddess Tara Stiles signing a yoga mat. The tweet asked “what would you do if you won a yoga mat signed by Tara” and I quickly wrote back that I would finally learn how to perform a crow pose.
Well guess what? My lucky streak is starting to happen in 2016 because I received the following tweet:
Yippee! The mat arrived in two days and this cat lady is very happy with the design!
Now I just need to learn how to do the crow pose—LOL! Any advice for a crow pose-fearing yoga newbie– leave them in the comments below and hopefully I will be able to nail it sooner than later! (Will post pictures of my progress!)
Thanks so much Reebok & Tara! You really made me feel special. (My cats are enjoying laying on it, by the way!)
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:
- A 30-minute HIIT workout that will rock you like a hurricane! In this one I combine High Intensity Intervals of cardio busts with weight bearing moves to get an intense workout in a short amount of time. In case you are wondering about my credentials—I am a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have my group fitness certification from AFAA and try every workout myself before I hit the publish button. Let me know what you think of it!
- Lower Ab Movies: I also reach out to my favorite health & fitness peeps with their best advice for different kinds of workouts and in this one they offer their favorite lower abs moves to lose the tummy pooch.
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 being on the over a year our numbers keep going up and up. For example—in December we had the most downloads in our history happen and then in January we went up 50% over that which is totally insane but we are having so much fun with it.
Our newest episode was suggested by a fan—Perks of Being a Wallflower which we both love. I have it here if you want to listen to it but I also want to know what your favorite book to movie adaptions are and what we should cover next. Merci in advance!
Oh well, that’s it for me today. I will be back soon with magazine reviews, playlists, reviews and so much more!!
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There is no shame in using props in yoga. So I recommend that newbies do crow with a their head on a block. That way you can get the feel for the pose without worrying about falling on your face. http://www.yogavibes.com/videos/watch/yoga-exercises-free-online-yoga-video-crow-pose/
Great advice! Thank you Wendy!
yay for winning contests and who doesn’t need a new yoga mat? I realized I forgot to wipe mine off last time I used it-yuck! I use the yoga blocks sometimes bc I do love my hot yoga but I am not good at it and I am ok with that.
I am hoping to get in more hot yoga into my routine. A new mat is giving me inspiration!
I’ve somehow been very lucky with winning contests. Congrats for winning one, that yoga matt is so cute.
It’s a great mat!
Yay – so excited for your win and the autographed yoga mat is such a cool prize! Admittedly, I’m a pretty lucky person. Friends and family poke fun and me for winning lots of things and I always have. I feel quite blessed for being a lucky lady! 🙂
Well I am glad you appreciate your good luck! 🙂
I can’t believe that jelly bean story! Poor kid (though you were a cute kid!). But I’m glad the sweepstakes/contest gods redeemed themselves with that yoga mat! That’s a pretty awesome prize!
Thanks Nicole! This is a sweet victory for sure. 🙂
woohoo! You’ve always been a winner in my book. Just sayin’. xoxo!
Congrats on winning a yoga mat! It’s fun to win these giveaways, and always a fun surprise! I think crow takes a bit of time to work up to…I’d definitely recommend learning it from a live instructor that can help make sure you’re in the right position!
Thanks Janelle! Its a pretty nifty mat!
Oh, that’s a sweet prize to start your winning streak with! I am no help with Crow. I struggle with Forward Fold my hamstrings are so tight!
Thank you Coco! Hopefully I will get there one of these days!
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! I hear you. I win a little but honestly, not the ones I really want to win. That is so exciting that you won that!!!!!
I love my new mat Jody!
Cute mat! Congrats on your win! I never win anything big, but I’ve won little things a few times. My husband seems to win all the time though.
Some people are so lucky!
Hey who needs trophies when you’re this cute?? Loved this post!
AW thank you!
That’s a great yoga mat! Love the kitty! Congratulations! I still can’t do crow, so no tips, other than keep trying!
Thank you Jenn!
By the time I got to the jelly beans story, I decided that you need to win ALL the things! That is just so sad! Congratulations on winning your cute yoga mat! I’m working on crow pose myself, so I don’t have any real pointers — yet! Just keep practicing!
Thank you Lex–you are so sweet!
My daughter and I loved Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Such a good movie!
Congratulations on winning the yoga mat. Looks long and cute. I used to hate those bean/jellybean counting game. UGH!
So awesome that you won the yoga mat!!!! 2016 is going to be your lucky year!
So the mat actually came with that awesome artwork on it? I really need to shop around, I think I got my yoga mat 5 years ago at walmart. :/ Either way, congratulations!