FitBlogNYC is Today!

FitBlogNYC 2014

I am so excited to be going to Fitness Magazine‘s amazing blogger event today.

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This is my favorite fitness event of the year! Not only because it is held in my home town but because Fitness Magazine has been my constant companion since I began my healthy living journey. I rely on them for the latest news in workouts, recipes, books, fashion and everything else related to living a healthier life. The fact they put this event together for fitness bloggers is amazing. We can expect interesting panels, amazing sponsors and a day with my fellow bloggers. Some who I know very well and some I can’t wait to meet!

Make sure you are following the #FitBlogNYC hashtag on Twitter or the link below which Fitness Magazine has set up to capture all event happenings.

Keep it open all day and follow along! :)

Live From Our #FitBlogNYC Meet and Tweet

While you are there, make sure to check out their new website look! I think it’s very awesome.

If you want to get an idea of what FitBlogNYC is all about, check out my recap from last year’s event.

One Word That Will Change Your World

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All my life this word is what gets me through the day. In any situation I have faced I have help on to this one word…

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Now I see it every day out side my office. :)

 

Sweat and the City : The Sequel with Nautilus Inc.

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Sweat and the City event hosted by Nautilus Inc. A company who works hard to provide top of the line equipment for home fitness. As a person who works out exclusively at home, I am alway interested in the newest releases. This year’s event was tailored to showcase:

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The first product we were introduced to was the shakes from the Bowflex Body nutrition product line. The shakes can be a pre or post workout drink to boost energy or a meal replacement. The flavors served were French Vanilla and Rich Chocolate. The vanilla shake contains premium proteins, essential fibers, and powerful antioxidants for general well-being. While the chocolate shake is a metabolism booster and weight loss aid. Both shakes were full of flavor. I do not normally drink shakes, mostly due to the fact that I am not a sweets person, but I would definitely give the Bowflex Body shakes a try.

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The next product is very impressive not only because of its advance technology but also its practicality. The Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells, are the first smart dumbbells.

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Using a free app (available for iOS and Android) the 560 Dumbbells give users a full interactive workout. Their Three Dimensional Trainer (3DT) records and counts reps, tracks weight lifted and rep speed. It also provides audio cues for the rest time between sets and can track calories burned during your workout. In fact, the app has 70 exercises and can keep your workout history so you can track and share workouts. Here is athlete Tom Holland giving a demonstration of the Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells. I love the versatility of the dumbbells and the fact they are a huge space saver. With the 560’s I can alway have the appropriate dumbbell for each workout.

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Last but not least are the high-quality ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes from Nautilus.  Their machines feature the ground-breaking technology to offer users the ultimate at-home workout experience. The smart machines have a DualTrack multi-LCD display console with Bluetooth technology, to allow users access to the Nautilus Trainer app. The app gives you 20 customizable programs to track workout time, distance traveled and calories burned. It also allows users to set and track goals base on their personal preferences. There are features in the app to provide real-time coaching to monitor progress and the ability to sync your workout data with the MyFitnessPal app.

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Thank you Nautilus Inc.for a fabulous evening. I will leave you with some fantastic quotes from the event panel which clearly reflects the company’s philosophy.

Fall Running

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The season has changed in my neck of the woods. Time to appreciate running in cooler weather. Luckily the track was beautiful this past weekend.

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Feeling Accomplished

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This weekend was a running first for me. On Saturday, my sister and I had to run a 5k race at our college campus. We were so excited for this race because it has been awhile since we were back there. All week the weatherman was saying it was going to rain on Saturday. We hoped he was wrong. Friday night the weather forecast called for torrential rain on Saturday morning. Yikes! What are the chances it would happen at race time.

Well, it did! At 10:00 AM as the runners gathered at the starting line the rain started coming down. Luckily I had a hat to keep the rain out of my face but it was still insane. I was soaked within a few minutes of the race starting. We had to run up the biggest hill on campus and it was very slippery. The rain added a whole new level to running. Hills became just a bit more dangerous, whether going up or down. This was my first time running in the rain. For a little while there I thought about not finishing the race. I realized it was a silly. I’m here. I was already wet, might as well keep going. I ran mostly but I did have to walk a few times. I was not aiming for a PR, I just wanted to finish the race. After the race the only word I could use to describe what I was feeling was accomplished.

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This was also the weekend I ran the day after my 5k race. We actually could not help ourselves. Sunday was a beautiful fall day. Perfect for a run in a long sleeve shirt. Since we ran in horrible rain it would truly be a pity to not run with all this sunshine. Both times I have taken up running was in the Summer months. I can easily run on a hot summer morning but the cold weather has always been a challenge for me. I have never succeeded in running after October. Partly because I hate the cold and it put a lot of pressure on my lungs. I also think it could be because I don’t have the right type of cold weather running clothes. I will have to ask my friends about what I need to buy now that summer is gone and a t-shirt and yoga pants won’t cut it anymore.

I know this year will be different and to ensure we keep running as the temperatures drop, we signed up for our November 5k race, which coincides with Marathon weekend. I also started a budgeting envelope for 5k races. Those entry fees can sure add up and put a pinch in my budget. 5k races are now an expense I need to plan for. :) That’s exciting!

If you are a runner, can you please share your best tip for running in the colder months?

My Day at the Fashion Forward Conference

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Last week I attended the third annual Fashion Forward Conference at Studio 450 in NYC. The event is hosted by Audrey McClelland from Mom Generations, Nicole Feliciano from Momtrends and Vera Sweeney from Lady and the Blog. Three incredible ladies who have joined together to create a day filled valuable information ranging from fashion tips, industry related panels, a charity partner and the hottest brands. It was my first year attending and I was honored to be invited. I remember last year following the #FashForward hashtag on Twitter and reading the tidbits of information being shared at the conference. Audrey, Nicole and Vera did a fantastic job and the Fashion Forward Conference continues to live up to its excellent reputation.

The day started with fascinating panel about  Empowering Your Community with Marcy Massura (MSL Group), Chrysula Winegar (Wake Up World Communications), Sharon Basel (GM Energy and Environmental Communication) and Christine Hunsicker (Gwynnie Bee Founder and CEO). Each an expert in their field, the advice they provided was a solid base for any blogger, no matter if you are just starting out or a seasoned blogger. They suggested being a better listener in your digital space. Keeping on top of what people are saying about your brand. Social Media influencers are so important. Make sure you are sharing what you believe in. Find a way to raise the level of a brand you want to work with. Authentic voices along with great content and aligned values give brand the appropriate audience. Remember relationships drive advocacy. It was a very powerful panel.

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One of the most eye-opening parts of Fashion Forward was listening to Christy Turlington Burns speak about the non-profit organization she founded in 2010, Every Mother Counts. This organization was founded by Christy after she suffered a complication during the birth of her first child. Luckily she was in a hospital and every thing turned out okay. This incident made her aware that mothers around the world do not have access to the same care during pregnancy and childbirth. Every Mother Counts brings the vital prenatal care to mothers in all areas of the world. They also inform and engage people to take actions by raising funds to support maternal health programs all around the world. It is such a worthy cause especially when you read the statistics on their website that says 98% of the deaths in pregnancy or childbirth could have been prevented. Christy inspired me to do more in any way I can. For starters I signed up for Charity Miles to run for Every Mother Counts. This way every mile I run will help in making a difference.

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The final panel of the day was the Power Players of Social Media with Jessie Artigue, Jordan Reid, and Dina Ferro. These ladies are so savvy and smart about social media platforms. It was a pleasure to hear them speak and their words of wisdom made for some excellent Twitter gems. Here are just a few.

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It was a fabulous day filled with a lots of learning, a fun fashion show, and networking with fabulous brands and fellow bloggers. I was so grateful to be there and be able to share in this event. I posted additional pictures on my post last week. Come back later this week for another post where I will showcase the brands I met at Fashion Forward.

Thank you Audrey, Nicole and Vera for a great day.

Sharing Your Goals: Yes or No?

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Last week someone sent me this Ted Talk video Keep Your Goals To Yourself.

It’s a short video (3:00), go ahead and watch it.

Three key points stood out for me:

  • Resist temptation to share your personal goal
  • Delay the gratification of getting the congratulations for it
  • Remember the mind mistakes talking for doing

I find the concept of keeping your goals to yourself very interesting. I have always struggled with writing goal posts. In fact I have a love/hate relationship with these kind of posts. I hate to write them but I love to read other people’s goal posts. I get inspired. When I have written goal post, I feel like I never get anything done.

It’s so frustrating, may this is the reason why.

I’m curious…

What do my fellow bloggers think about this concept of keeping goals to yourself? 

Believe it or not, this has been my mom’s advice for years. She is a very private person when it comes to anything she is doing. She has always been so accomplished. When she sets her mind to do something, it gets done! Now I see she may be right. With her advice always in the back of my mind, I have changed the way I blog and even what I share with people in my private life. In my previous blog, I was an over sharer. I wrote pretty much every thought that came into my head. I do not regret any of it because at the time, this was what I needed to do. People change and now I tell a story after I have finished the activity or project. I feel it suits who I am now.

It was perfect timing to receive this video because I was about to share a personal goal on the blog. I was not 100% sure if it was the right time to do it but I had started writing the post. After giving it some thought over the weekend, I realize that I am not yet fully committed to this goal. There is a more research and work to be done so until them I will say nothing. If we are going by this theory, it means I will get a lot done and then have something wonderful to share. :)

Sounds good to me!

Fashion Forward Conference Photos

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Forward Conference in NYC. It was a fantastic event that provided a fountain of information from the latest styles to the most talked about topics in social media. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

The conference is the creation of Audrey McClelland (Mom Generations & Getting Gorgeous), Nicole Feliciano (Momtrends) and Vera Sweeney (Lady and the Blog & Getting Gorgeous). Their goal with the Fashion Forward Conference is to connect influential bloggers with fashionable brands, provide informative panels to discuss the latest trends in social media and provide style tips along with a fabulous fashion show. Make sure you follow the #FashForward hashtag on Twitter for a glimpse into the conference day. I will be sharing my event recap in a separate post later this week.

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Weekend Highlights

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This weekend was so beautiful in NYC. A high of 80 degrees was a real treat for late September. If only it could stay this way until November! Yeah right, a girl can dream. This weekend was packed with stuff to do. While I really love all the activities, I really need a free weekend to tackle my home organization project. It will have to be in October. I know this will get done in October is because I’ve joined the Living Well Spending Less Clutter Free challenge. It starts October 1st, so head on over and sign up. Let me know if you are doing it so we can motivate each other. I know I will be grateful come the holiday season. Who doesn’t want a clutter free home just in time for Christmas?!

Back to the weekend fun, I made time to run on Saturday and Sunday. It was very easy to wake up early because it was so warm out. I could not pass up running in the Summer like temperatures. I will have to remember this day on the cold Fall/Winter mornings. I really do not want to stop running when the temperatures drop. My goal is to keep running until the snow comes. Hopefully that is far-far away!

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I must admit Saturday I was a little tired before my run. I would have skipped it because we had to go somewhere at 12:00 Noon and I really wanted to sleep in. My sister motivated me to get up because she was going with or without me. I could rush getting ready if need be. Once I was running I was completely into it. I forgot about the rest of the day and enjoyed getting my workout in. Turns out running in the morning was a great idea because the rest of the day we spent celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Brooklyn Brewery and then dinner at Katch in Astoria. I finally tried the Oktoberfest beer and I really liked it. I’m not a beer drinker in general, but I’ve always heard my friends rave about this beer, so I had to try it. I see why it’s their favorite, so I will definitely have it again. It’s rare for me to find a beer I like.

Sunday I had to go food shopping and then to the mall, so again I was trying to figure out where to fit in the run. I was exhausted from the Saturday events but I had to run since we had a big meal at dinner and some beer. Again we opted to do the run first. This should just be my weekend routine from now on. Everything else can wait! Yesterday was a huge accomplishment for me, I ran for 28 minutes straight. It’s a big deal because I’ve been stuck on Week 8 Day 1 of the c25k app for at least two weeks. I do not move on from a workout until I can complete it without stopping. I reason it by saying this is how I build endurance for running longer. After my run I headed out to do food shopping as usual. However instead of driving to the mall, I opted to walk to the mall closer to me. I walked for almost three hours! I was stopping at different stores during that time but I was enjoying the sunshine and getting in more steps. For the day I walk/ran 11 miles! Crazy! That’s definitely a personal best for me! :)

I’m really proud of getting my runs in during this busy weekend. I decided to celebrate that by signing up for another 5k! It will be next weekend on my old college campus! I can’t wait to go back there. I loved college and the campus has just gotten more beautiful over the years. Can’t wait to run this race with my sister because the location holds a special place our my hearts. :)

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Make sure you are following me on Twitter/Instagram (@pattyaizaga for both!)…tomorrow I am heading to the Fashion Forward Conference in NYC!  So excited because it is my first time attending. I’ve always admired this event because of the awesome topics it covers, an amazing fashion show, and the fabulous hosts who put it all together.

Make sure to follow the #FashForward hashtag for all the day’s events.

 

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Sunset Over Astoria

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Love the pink skies…

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..and another beautiful, no filter iPhone 6 photo!

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