Where do I begin to summarize this fabulous event? Amazing speakers, fitness blogger friends, fun new workout and the very generous event sponsors.
Obviously I am referring to yesterday’s @FitnessMagazine Blogger Meet & Tweet held at The Mercedes Club in midtown Manhattan. Just one look at the website and you’ll see why this was the perfect venue for the event.
The day started off with check-in at 9:00 AM. As more bloggers arrived we were greeted with healthy breakfast options and directed to the outside patio where the event was to start.@PYTbeauty and @stilaPROartist
Celebrity make-up artist and Executive Director of Global Artistry for Stila Cosmetics, Sarah Lucero, began the day’s events with a beauty discussion about what’s hot for Summer 2013, simple make-up tips for the warmer weather, her personal story and favorite workout options. One of my favorite things mentioned was the quote that comes in one of the Stila make-up palettes.@DrJAshton
The panel with doctor Jennifer Ashton, M.D. was by far one of my favorite. I love her holistic approach to health and one of the best tips she gave was her 5 day, 2 day healthy eating plan. Basically during the work week you follow a super strict eating plan with lots of lean protein and veggies. Then on the weekends you are more relaxed and enjoy life a little. At first you’ll live for those weekend treats but overtime the rush fo them will subside. I will definitely be picking up her book, Your Body Beautiful.@Possessionista @smittenkitchen @jillhanner @FitBottomedGirl
Another one of my favorite panels! So much blogger talent in these four ladies. The only blogger I was familiar with was Jill Hanner and it such was a treat to meet her yesterday. She is just as sweet, fun and outgoing as her vlogs. These ladies provided great advice for moving your blog to a business. With the key tip being write good strong content with a clear message and the money will come. Each of them had unique ideas that worked for their personal brand and have worked hard to achieve their level of success.@BrettHoebel
This was an interesting panel. I had heard of the Rev Abs workout DVDs but I didn’t know the man behind them was a former coach on The Biggest Loser. I must have missed that season. Brett Hoebel was there to discuss the latest trend of extreme fitness. I find the people who do Tough Mudders fascinating because I know that’s not for me. It’s cool to see the obstacle courses and the agility of those competing. According to Brett, his clients have found fitness success with his training philosophy: 20 minutes, full body and metabolic training. I think it’s time for me to check out Rev Abs again, that’s right up my alley when it comes to workouts.@RoccoDispirito
Saved the best for last! Hunky celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito was there to talk about eating healthy delicious foods. (Yes, I said hunky! A man who can cook…cook healthy…is very sexy!) Back to the panel, Rocco gave some simple tips for eating healthy when in a restaurant. He challenged all of us to order a meal “split to go”. Meaning half of the meal comes on the plate and the other have in a doggy bag. Shockingly only one person said they currently do this. I know I’ve never tried it but I will next time. Such an easy way to cut calories and eat your favorite foods. He rattled off recipes like the true chef that he is. I couldn’t keep up writing them all down. Luckily he has a new book, Now Eat This! Italian and a new web series on AOL On called Now Eat This! Italy, so I can hopefully try some of his recipes and cooking tips.
Are you amazed yet? I was at this point. Still to come, in a separate post, more on the event sponsors, a new cardio dance workout I’ve never tried before and the swag! Stay tuned for more FitBlogNYC posts.
Somebody apparently really really likes tacos?!
Somebody is a little needy and judging by his or her driving they are not pleasing anyone on the road!
I am so excited to attend this Fitness Magazine blogger event!
I remember seeing tweets about this event last year on the day of the event. Luckily this year I saw a tweet to sign up and grabbed the opportunity. It’s always a great day when you get a chance to meet some awesome fitness bloggers. I love it more that’s in my hometown. Definitely worth taking a day off to enjoy this event.
Thank you Courtney from Treadmill Runway for the awesome graphic!
This event fits right in with my current state of mind. I’ve stopped obsessing about “reaching my goal weight, size, workout, etc.” Focusing on these things was getting me nowhere. I have this desire to learn more about nutrition, healthy foods, and fitness. Meet people who inspire me to find my own way on this journey. Those are the tools that I need right now. Not obsessing about the number on the scale, the size of my clothes or which workout everyone is doing now.
I need to find what works for me. These days I’m lucky if I step on the scale once a month. In fact I don’t want weigh in this week. So I’m going with that feeling. I know the number on the scale may or may not celebrate the fact that I did not overindulge during my birthday week, or how much more I’m cooking at home, and it could play a cruel mind game on me because I ate a bagel this morning. Seriously, who needs that? I sure don’t. I’ll take the sweet soreness from my workouts in my arms, abs and legs to tell me that YES this has been a good week. My clothes fit well and I know I’m committed to my overall health! It’s enough for me. In fact, that’s better than any number on the scale can tell me.
As an added bonus to this wonderful event the folks at Physique57 have invited me to take a class at their studio. I have always wanted to check them out and am so thrilled for this opportunity. May is turning out to be a fabulous month!
If you will be at FitBlogNYC, please let me know. Look forward to seeing you there!
Now I’m off to check out the blogs of some of the awesome speakers who will be there.
Make sure you check out the #FitBlogNYC hashtag for more info and last night’s awesome Twitter chat!
This month started off with a lot of celebrating which led to a more casual approach to food and workouts. I’m happy to say I didn’t overindulge for my birthday. In fact the focus was less on food and more on having fun with my loved ones. Loving this new approach. However workouts slacked. I started planning for this week on Saturday by setting up my very cool (and Pink) binder with all the Tone It Up workouts for the week. Added in tabs for each day and printed the sheets.
I also did some food shopping and prep for the week. However Monday came and I was feeling “blah”. Not sure why but I just let myself deal with the feelings. Could be post birthday blues. Tuesday morning came and I did not want to get up at 5AM for a workout. When I got home I didn’t want to work out either. Hello, bad pattern starting! Not wanting to let those feelings take over my week, I put on my workout clothes and made myself do the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD. This is my go to workout DVD for the month of May. I am going to do all 30 days! I chose this workout because Jillian mentioned it as her favorite when I saw her at the Maximize Your Life tour. (Yes, I know I still need to recap that event). If this is Jillian’s favorite DVD, then I’m doing it.
Knowing that I need a little motivation to get through my workouts each day, I borrowed this idea from Carlyn at Just Keep Sweating. She has her Lock It Up countdown for her bridal shower on her wall of her bedroom. It’s given her the motivation to eat clean and workout every day as this special event draws nearer. It’s a brilliant idea! I put my post-its up on the inside door of my linen closet. I have this door open all the time because it is right where I get ready every morning. I will see it daily and it cannot be ignored. A perfect reminder to get my workouts in. There is so much joy in ripping off the post it when the day’s workout is done. I love the feeling of accomplishment.
It’s so true what they say… You NEVER regret a workout! In fact it can change your entire mood!
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Nothing like you’re birthday week to distract you from your blog. Oh well, it happens. Life is about living right? As the celebrations wind down (one more left), I want to get out some of my favorite things for this week.
This is a pretty obvious one! I had one of the BEST birthdays I’ve had in a long time. I highly recommend not working on your birthday. Do what pleases your heart and soul. It’s the best way to start of your new year right.
We’ve been blessed with a few days of glorious sunlight around here. It’s beautiful and it makes you feel alive. So nice to walk around and feel the warmth all around you.
Thank you Spring for finally showing up!
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, Ballet Twist #205
I can’t get enough of this lipstick. I love the color, how smooth it goes on, how it matches with any eyeshadow, and how smoothly it goes on. Love, love, love it.
This one says it all.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Friday! Time for some of my favorite things for this past week.
I have to admit when I first heard about this app, I rolled my eyes. Oh great another “farming” game. It wasn’t until I read a post from a blogger I trust that I realized what a great tool this can be for tracking my water intake. I don’t have a problem drinking water. I love it! On a normal day I was drinking between 48 to 64 ounces. Surprise! Surprise! That is not enough.
When I plugged in my data into the Plant Nanny app, I realized I need to be drinking 97 ounces of water a day! Since I use an eight ounce glass, that’s 13 glasses of water. At first I thought – no way is that possible. But I have been doing it more and more this week. The app tracks the glasses of water you drink and it helps your plant grow. If you slack on water the plant starts to die. It’s perfect for people like me who do not like to lose at games. I get OCD like that. Over the weekend I almost killed my plant and you better believe I was chugging water all day on Sunday to save its little life. Brilliant app! It promotes the most basic guideline of a healthy lifestyle…drink water.
I bought the app on April 15th, and so far I’ve consumed 854 oz of water. Which is an average of 85 oz a day for the last 10 days. Not bad from what my starting point was. Yes, I’m hooked on Plant Nanny.
These workouts are AMAZING! I love them! So far the Tone It Up workouts have given me the highest calorie burn. All you need is simple items like a yoga mat, yoga ball, weights and your own body weight. There is about 8 weeks until summer and while I am not delusional to think I’ll wear a bikini, I know I will wear a swimsuit this summer and these workouts will help!
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This one really stuck with me this week. A year ago this weekend was one of the hardest of my life. I didn’t know if I’d ever get out of such deep darkness. It was scary and sad. But I did. What a difference a year makes. I have peace with my past and my decisions. I think that is all anyone can ask for.
A year ago I thought I knew exactly where my life was going and now I don’t. However I can see how wonderfully exciting this is because that means anything is possible. I’ve moved forward and set myself free.
I like to end these posts with something that makes you laugh! This one is for my sister…who loves this movie!
Have a great weekend!
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