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Sneak Peak: Brett Hoebel’s 20-Minute Body Workout

Brett Hoebel 20-Minute Body Demo

Back in January, I had the opportunity to head into NYC during the Polar Vortex, to workout with Brett Hoebel, again. For those of you who remember, Brett took my FlyWheel virginity last June, so I jumped at the chance to meet him again and learn more about his new 20-Minute Body workout.

As I entered the hotel gym where the demo was taking place, I received the warmest welcome from Brett and I was shocked that he remembered me from FitblogNYC as well as FlyWheel. I may have internally fangirled for a moment, but I kept my composure and happily engaged in some fitness talk with him and the other bloggers who were there for the small session. I was surprised by how intimate the class was. I was expecting a large group, but it was only myself, two other bloggers, Brett and his fitness model doing the workout (who was such a sweet person. I truly enjoyed chatting with her after class). In all honesty that made me a bit nervous because I couldn’t hide in the back like I normally do during group fitness events….I really need to get over this phobia!

During the first few minutes of the session, Brett went over the basics of this 20-minute program and explained what we would be doing. His passion for fitness and the Brazilian art of Capoeira, which is a form of self defense based on martial arts, acrobatics, and dance, really shined through here and I found myself getting excited and nervous to give this a try. One of the things I loved about my prior class with Brett, was his selection of music and he didn’t disappoint for this workout either…the electronic dance music was playing and you could feel your energy begin to flow listening to it.

To get the blood pumping on this frigid NYC day, Brett started us off with a cardio series full of crosses, upper cuts, jab, sidekicks and some fancy footwork, which my two left feet didn’t handle too well. At the end of the cardio warm-up, Brett enthusiastically pumped us up and then bumped up the intensity for the next round. The circuit he did with us was called the “4×4” and consisted of four sets of 1 minute long, explosive isometric moves, featuring low runner’s lunge-squat combos, crossover walking planks, jump squats and of course abs. Brett increased the difficulty each round by slightly tweaking each move and added a “shake ‘n bake” shimmy with a kick, to the ab roll-ups and a mountain climber variation to the plank holds.

Don’t be fooled by the 20-minute aspect of this program….it will kick your ass, quite literally…my booty was killing me after this routine, but in a good way! The best part? All you need is 20 minutes a day, a 4 foot-by-4 foot space and your own body-weight to complete these moves.

As you know, I’ve been a big fan of these shorter workouts! They are perfect for busy mom’s, like myself and after doing programs like Focus T25 and P90X3, I can’t wait to try the full 20-Minute Body program….saving those 5-10 minutes could mean the difference between blowing drying my hair or tossing it into a pony tail before running errands!

Here is a sample of what we did (note: You may recognize Rachel from Insanity in this demo!):

You can also catch the “Fit Minute” segment, that Brett did on CBS’ The Couch, the day after I did the demo with him, by clicking HERE.

20-Minute Body is expected to be released Spring 2014 and will feature different levels of workouts depending on where you are in your fitness journey, a journal to track your progress and of course a nutrition guide.

If you are interested in learning more, why not join Brett’s 20-Minute Body Challenge? Click the graphic below to sign-up today!

20 Minute Body march2014


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{Wordless Wednesday} I’m KIND of Obsessed

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Brett Hoebel Took My Flywheel Virginity

A few weeks ago when I was at #FitBlogNYC, Brett Hoebel was one of the speakers there. At the end of his lecture, he told us that he would be returning to NYC in early June to teach a Flywheel class, and if we were interested in joining to tweet at him. Of course I tweeted at him despite having no idea what a Flywheel class consisted of. As the days went by, I totally forgot about the class, until I received a tweet from Brett with a link to enter a drawing for the class. I filled out the entry form, said a little prayer that I would be selected and went about my day.

Two days before the class date, I received an e-mail saying that I was selected to attend Brett Hoebel’s inaugural ride at the Flywheel Flatiron location!! I was super excited and then panicked because once again, I was sick. I haven’t had much luck in the health department the past two months, but I was on day three of antibiotics so I responded that I would be there and started looking at which train I would need to catch.

The day of the event, I was very nervous. I had never attended a spin class before and I really didn’t know what to expect. I did a little research on Flywheel the night before so I knew it was stadium seating cycling, I knew that the room is kept dark to help you focus on making the ride your ride and I knew that there would be loud music and that I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help when first setting up my bike. Ok…sounds good to me!

I caught my train into NYC and knew that I would be early so I packed lunch with me and upon arriving in the city, headed over to the Flatiron District. One of the my favorite buildings in NYC is the Flat Iron building so it only made sense to me to walk over there, grab a bench in Madison Square Park and just enjoy the view.

NYC for Flywheel

After lunch, I headed over to the Flywheel Flatiron location and signed in. I was given a special pair of spin shoes, shown where the lockers are and I grabbed a bottle of water and a towel.

On my way to the lockers, I saw Brett in the room we would be using talking to a few other people, so I popped my head in, said hello and snagged a picture of the bike set-up.

NYC Flywheel

After stowing my stuff in a locker, I headed up front, said hello to few fellow bloggers and then it was time for class. I felt my nerves kick in as I selected a bike in the back and I was grateful to the gentleman in front of me who taught me how to snap my fancy spin shoes into the pedal. A girl who worked there came around and helped me adjust my bike, only we didn’t adjust it correctly, and I didn’t find that out until the class was already in full swing. Oops!

After Brett explained the bike display to us and how to adjust the torque, the room went dark. Only the instructor stage and bike’s display screen are illuminated so you can focus on the workout, and not everyone else around you, which I really liked. The class is a mix of fast, sprint intervals and slow climbs, which help to build endurance and muscle while burning a ton of calories. There is even an upper body segment to the class which really gets you sweating!

The music playlists for each class are created by the Flywheel instructor themselves, which I think is awesome. Instructors choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat of their songs ensuring a new experience every time you take a class. I loved Brett’s music selections since I’m a big fan of BPM on Sirius XM radio.

My favorite song from the workout was “Fade Into Darkness” by Avicii:

 Brett guided our workout, suggesting resistance levels and RPMs, but ultimately it’s your ride, so you decide the pace of things by spinning the knob for more or less resistance on your bike. I had to dial it back a few times due to my seat issues but I still got breathless and had a crazy sweat going on.

Overall, this was one of my best fitness experiences in a group setting. Brett Hoebel is an amazing instructor. He is truly inspirational and it’s like he’s in your head as you’re doing this workout. Every time I felt like dialing back, slowing down or saying “I can’t do this” he would say something to ignite that spark within myself and I found the strength to keep going.

The class lasted about 45 minutes and we did a light stretch at the end of it, which was much needed.

As everyone was headed out of the studio, I snagged a moment with Brett to say hi again and to thank him for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

Brett Hoebel and myself at Flywheel

This was honestly the toughest thing I have done since week one of Insanity…although I didn’t curse at Brett like I did at Shaun T! I will definitely need to keep eye out for Brett’s return to NYC and try to catch another class. He truly is a phenomenal trainer!

After changing into dry clothes and collecting my belongings, I enjoyed another stroll through NYC, to catch my train back New Jersey. As I returned home I was filled a feeling of joy and gratefulness. I’ve been given a lot of amazing opportunities the past few weeks and each one has been an amazing experience.

Have you ever taken a Flywheel class? What did you think of it?

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A Day In NYC for #FitBlogNYC (Part Two)


Welcome to Part Two of my #FitBlogNYC recap! I hope you found some helpful info from my first post about the amazing speakers who FITNESS lined up for us! If you somehow missed it, please take a moment to check it out here: A Day In NYC for #FitBlogNYC (Part One)

After our information packed morning of seminars, FITNESS provided lunch for all of the bloggers in attendance and an opportunity to visit all of the sponsor tables that were set up inside of the Mercedes Club. When we arrived at the event, we were given a program and on the back of it was a list of all of the sponsors. We had to use this as a sort of passport and collect stickers from each vendor in order to earn an amazing swag bag!

First up was Saucony, since we encountered their table immediately upon going inside. They had a table set up with amazing running shoes, in bright, fun colors. Looking at the array of colors just made you instantly happy, so you could image how I was about to burst with joy when I found out that we were all receiving a pair of them!! The shoe being featured were the Kinvara 4’s and they are simply #Kickassimus and will help me #FindYourStrong!

#Kickassimus #FindYourStrong

For specs on the Kinvara 4 running shoes click here.

Next up was the Athleta table. They had a table full of swimwear on display for us to check out and two racks full of different athletic wear. While taking everything in, we were told about an Instagram contest they were running. We were to pick out an outfit we liked from the rack and Instagram a photo of it with the hashtag #PowerToTheShe. A winner was selected at midnight based on who had the most likes. Obviously, I did not win, but it was fun anyway!

Athleta #FitBlogNYC 2013

From there we moved over to the Marmot table where we met Paige Claassen who is a Professional Climber. She will be taking part in the Lead Now Tour, which is a global tour to inspire people through rock climbing. While speaking with her, I learned that she will be traveling the world for year during this tour and that she is most excited to visit South Africa, which is where the tour kicks off.

Marmot #FitBlogNYC 2013

For more information on Paige and Lead Now, click here.

The next table I visited was sponsored by Tonalin. I had never heard of them before, but learned that their products are used for reducing body fat and are sourced from natural safflower oil. Tonalin CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is natural and environmentally sustainable. I don’t know how much I buy into supplements like these, but if you have ever used them and have seen good results, I’d love to hear about your experience.

The items shown here where offered as a giveway during the event.

From here I moved on to the Reebok table and it was fabulous! They had a great display of their CrossFit sneakers set-up for us to check out, along with some of their new #LiveWithFire apparel! There was also a photo-op set up here. We got to write a catchy phrase on a white board, along with our blog/twitter information and have our photo taken. Later, we found out that Reebok had also given us all a pair of their SubLite Train 1.0 sneakers (not featured in this photo) to try out! Score!


For more information on the SubLite Train 1.0 sneakers, click here.

Vichy Laboratoires was the next table I visited. Upon arriving there, we were presented with an iPad and earbuds so we could watch this funny video, which is part of their #celluliteconfessions campaign:

After laughing for a while and joking with Violet Zaki (Fitness Expert, Owner of ZakiFitness and Equinox Instructor), we were introduced to CelluDeStock and their new Capital Soleil Lightweight Foaming Lotion SPF 50, which smells amazing and doesn’t leave that gross sunscreen feeling on your skin. Vichy was kind enough to offer us a full size bottle of each in our swag bags, so I’m sure I’ll have more to offer on these products soon!


Our next sponsor was Smart Balance and they had a very fun set-up for us. First, we were offered a little snack made with Smart Balance peanut butter, of course! They were No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies and they were yummy! They were also kind enough to have the recipe printed out for us to take home, so I figured I’d share with you, too!

Smart Balance No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies


  • 1/2 cup Smart Balance Fat Free Milk and Omega 3s
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp Smart Balance Blended Butter Sticks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup Smart Balance Rich Roast Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Boil the Smart Balance Fat Free Milk and Omega 3s, cocoa, Smart Balance Blended Butter Stick and sugar in a small pot for two minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add oatmeal, Smart Balance Rich Roast Chunky Peanut Butter and vanilla.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoons onto parchment paper or way paper. Let cool for at least 1 hour before eating.

Nutrition Fact: Serves 40. Nutrition per serving: Calories 72, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Poly Fat 0, Mono Fat 2g, Trans Fatty Acids 0g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 29mg, Carbohydrates 9g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 2g.

They also had a fun aspect to their table. There were headbands for us to wear with the hashtag #BalancedBlogger on it and we had to attempt to do a fun pose on a Bosu Ball while wearing it. It was an interesting couple of minutes as I tried to balance on one leg for a photo. Luckily the representative taking the photo caught it right before I fell off. Good times! For our efforts we earned a jar of their peanut butter in our choice of chunky or creamy. If you Instagramed and tweeted the photo, you also earned the chance to win free Smart Balance peanut butter for a year.

I'm a #BalancedBlogger

The final sponsor we visited before giving into our hunger and breaking for lunch was Crystal Light. They had a table set-up with cups of water and a few sample flavors of their new #CrystalLightLiquid flavoring. We had a choice of trying Blueberry Raspberry, Pomtini or Strawberry Lemonade, which is what I opted for. I liked that you could control how much flavor was added to your water and that it wasn’t overly sweet because of that.


From here we took a break to grab some food and head back outside to socialize and enjoy the gorgeous weather NYC was having that day.

CamelBak #FitBlogNYC 2013

#FitBlogNYC 2013 Menu

#FitBlogNYC 2013 Reunion

I wish I had taken more photos of the bloggers I met during the event, but it complete mental overload and I was honestly more into socializing than documenting by this point. It was nice to meet up with Jen (@MomsGottaRun) since we went to High School together and it had been years since I’d seen her.

After lunch we headed inside to visit the final sponsor table, which was brought to us by Ford Fiesta and their #FiestaMovement. They had a fun photo booth set up so myself, Sylvia (@Frolic_Life_Syl) and Susan (@SusanFishback) participated together.

To view our video as well as others from this event  click here.

Our final event of the day was the group workout. Those of you who read my blog regularly already know we had a choice of three workouts. A Cardio Dance Party, Yoga or a Group Run. I chose the run so I quickly changed into a tank top and met my group. The run was being sponsored by Saucony and was being lead by Dorothy Beal (@MilePosts) who is a marathoner, mom of 3, cover model and running coach. Our group wasn’t very big, but it was full of some runners who know their stuff and could easily do the 3 miles we set out to do. I felt great at first and was keeping pace with some of the newer runners, like myself, but as we continued our run along the Hudson River, I suddenly felt the familiar tightening of my chest… the one that has driven me crazy since I was Derailed By The Plague back in March.

I was starting to have an asthma attack and I didn’t have my inhaler with me. Awesome! I slowed down and walked, tried to run again to catch up and then realized I had to walk if I wanted to make it back to the venue. I instantly felt like I failed and tears began to stream down my face. I called my husband to vent once my breath returned and he tried to reassure me that it was okay and I didn’t fail, but it’s hard to accept in the moment. I felt embarrassed and I felt like my body let me down. I eventually came to terms with what happened but it still sucks.

Upon returning back to the Mercedes Club, many of the bloggers had already grabbed their swag bags and were leaving. I quickly changed my shirt and headed over to claim my bag awesomesauce before meeting a few of my new blogger friends for a drink and some snacks.

Photo Credit: Susan Fishback

Photo Credit: Susan Fishback

My bag full of Awesomesauce! (Ignore the mess behind it)

My bag full of Awesomesauce! (Ignore the mess behind it)

This was hands down and amazing event and I hope I am lucky enough to be invited to attend next year. I promise to share more information about what was in this amazing bag as I use the items, but the brands include Saucony, Reebok, CamelBak, Vichy, KIND, SparklySoul Headbands, Smart Balance, Marmot, Goody, Pure Barre, Three Jane, Athleta, Julep, Bliss Labs and many, many more!

Sugarfina #FitBlogNYC 2013One quick one I’d like to feature is Sugarfina.

They gave use a beautifully packaged, delicious box of dark chocolate covered goji berries that even my kid liked!

They are offering our readers 20% off their antioxidant collection until May 31, 2013. Just visit Sugarfina.com/antioxidant and enter the code FITNESS at checkout!


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A Day In NYC for #FitBlogNYC (Part One)


This past Thursday, the day I had been waiting for, finally arrived…. FITNESS magazine’s Meet & Tweet, also known as #FitBlogNYC!

I woke up bright and early to catch the bus and head into Port Authority. From there, it was a quick walk over to the venue and the meeting spot where some of us had agreed to meet. We grabbed some coffee, exchanged business cards and just chit chatted before heading over to the Mercedes Club, where the event was being held.

#FitBlogNYC 2013

Some of the amazing bloggers I got to meet before the event. To name a few @ExSoyCise, @SusanFishback, @TreadmillRunway, @weightsover, @MsHealthyWife, @BlondesRun, @DianaAntholis and @Frolic_Life_Syl who was kind enough to be my buddy for the afternoon. I know I forgot a few people here, but my brain is still in overload, my apologies.

Upon arriving, we headed upstairs to check-in. We received our ID badge, an awesome Camelbak water bottle and there were morning snacks/refreshments for us. After grabbing a muffin and some juice, we headed outside to the rooftop patio where the speakers would be presenting.

First up, were introductions by FITNESS magazines Editor-in-Chief, Betty Wong (@FITNESSBetty). She introduced us to the lovely Heather Muir (@PYTbeauty), who is the Beauty Director at FITNESS as well as Sarah Lucero (@stilaPROartist), who is a celebrity make-up artist and Executive Director of Global Artistry for Stila Cosmetics, as well as a Stage 3 Breast Cancer survivor.

Top: Betty Wong telling us about the day in store. Bottom: Heather Muir (L) & Sarah Lucero (R)

Top: Betty Wong telling us about the day in store. Bottom: Heather Muir (L) & Sarah Lucero (R)

During their seminar on “Insider Beauty Secrets to Get You Glowing”, they discussed ways to get pulled together in a flash, even when it’s 95 degrees outside. Their top tip? Less is more when it’s hot out!

  • Match the weight of your make-up to the weight of your clothing.
  • Use waterproof/water resistant beauty items.
  • Always carry blot papers with you as well as a refreshing mist.
  • Use sheer foundation – Don’t try to cover up every little imperfection!
  • PowerPout” is hot this season! Use a punchy orange to achieve the look.
  • Use vibrancy in your lip & eye color by using neon or pastel colors.

We also learned Sarah’s Top 3 Beauty Secrets:

  1. Make sure you get enough rest (8-9 hours of sleep per night)
  2. Use a good moisturizer or balm that is multitasking and color correcting.
  3. Wear the same color tone on your check and lips.

“Believe in the Beauty of the Future”

Our second seminar featured, FITNESS magazine’s Senior Editor, Lisa Haney (@FITNESS_Lisa) and Jennifer Ashton, M.D. (@DrJAshton), who  is an ABC News Senior Medical Contributor, ob-gyn, triathele and author of the book, “Your Body Beautiful: Clock Stopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s and Beyond” as well as “The Body Scoop for Girls” – which I plan on picking up for my daughter.

Lisa Haney & Dr. Jennifer Ashton, speaking about being "Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 20s, 30s and Beyond"

Lisa Haney & Dr. Jennifer Ashton, speaking about being “Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 20s, 30s and Beyond”

They hosted a seminar on “Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 20s, 30s and Beyond”. Dr. Ashton gave her down-to-earth advice on a holistic approach to health and why you need to be able to talk to your doctor as if they were BFF.

Some of the topics covered and take away points included:

  • Angelina Jolie’s recent mastectomy.
  • You need to treat the whole person, not just the symptom.
  • Your body needs to move, rest and be nourished.
  • Size and body weight does not matter. It’s about the type of fuel you put into your body.
  • Bad carbs in excess are not our friends.
  • Alcohol increases your risk of Breast Cancer
  • Follow a 5/2 diet. Eat healthy 5 days a week & enjoy the weekends. This will help to curb the unhealthy food cravings over time.
  • 2.5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of Breast Cancer
  • Birth Control pills can reduce your risk of ovarian cancer, which is why Dr. Ashton prescribes them for her gay patients, despite not needing the birth control aspect of them.
  • Grapefruit juice interacts with many medications!
  • You can Google “Drug Drug Interactions” to check if you have any. Make sure you include all supplements you are taking, even OTC!

“Life Is An Olympic Event and We Have To Train For It”

Our third seminar was one I was looking forward to! It featured FITNESS magazine’s Digital Director, Christie Griffin (@ChristieGriffin) – who is one of the sweetest people ever! – Dana Weiss, Possessionista (@Possessionista), Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen (@SmittenKitchen), Jill Hanner who is a Ford Fiesta Agent and YouTube guru (@JillHanner) and last but not least, Erin Whitehead from Fit Bottomed Girls (@FitBottomedGirl) discussing their unique success stories and how they turned their passions into profit, during “My Blog Is My Business”

From Left to Right: Christie Griffin, Dana Weiss, Deb Perelman, Jill Hanner and Erin Whitehead

L to R: Christie Griffin, Dana Weiss, Deb Perelman, Jill Hanner and Erin Whitehead

Some of the biggest take away points from this seminar where:

  • Don’t blog for money. Blog, then make money. – Dana
  • Make what you want to talk about the center, then make money. – Deb
  • Have a strong message and know who you are! – Erin

Don’t Waste Your Time:

  • Worrying about what other bloggers are doing.
  • Comparing yourself to other bloggers.
  • Obsessing over numbers or followers.
  • Give too much weight to negative comments you may receive.
  • Ignore search engine optimization offers.
  • NEVER pay to rank in a search engine.

Tools They Love:

  • Skimlinks: It’s Dana’s “Magical affiliate fairy” and allows her to focus on content, instead of links.
  • Make sure you auto-redirect if you change your RSS feed! – Deb
  • Google is Erin’s best friend. She uses Google Docs, Analytics and more.
  • Jill is also a fan of Google but mainly uses Instagram and Twitter as her tools.

How To Pitch Yourself to Companies:

  • Email links of your work with other companies when reaching out.
  • Make sure you be yourself!
  • If you are offered a book deal, make sure you write a proposal.
  • Be passionate with your blog. It’ll bring new followers and eventually bring money.

Other Tips They Offered:

  • For Pictures – Use a DSLR camera with a 50mm lens. It allows for a good photo, even when less lighting is available.
  • On YouTube – Lighting and Sound are key! Also just like with your blog, BE YOURSELF!
  • BlogAds is a site that sells ads for you and can formulate a starting price based on readership.
  • Should I blog for free? – You bring value to these companies. Make sure you know your value, however, if you would write about them anyway, don’t push for more money.

“Don’t Blog For Money. Blog, Then Make Money.”

Our fourth seminar featured  FITNESS magazine’s Deputy Editor, Mary Christ Anderson (@FITNESS_Mary) and Celebrity Trainer Brett Hoebel (@bretthoebel), Founder of Brett Hoebel Fitness, featured trainer on The Biggest Loser season 11 and creator of RevAbs.

Mary Christ Anderson and Brett Hoebel discussing the Extreme Fitness Trend.

Mary Christ Anderson and Brett Hoebel discussing the Extreme Fitness Trend.

The topic of discussion here was “The Extreme Fitness Trend: Should You Try It?” They discussed how going to extremes is the new thing in fitness today…but does it work? We learned how and why 20-minute workouts can get the job done better than long, all-out sessions.

First off they discussed CrossFit:

  • CrossFit took fitness and turned it into a sport.
  • CrossFit is competitive but has a strong community base.
  • CrossFit is AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) or Time Based.
  • Shorter means it must be tougher!

Then they moved into the Tough Mudder trend and how many people where doing them for social media bragging rights. Brett’s advice was to “Know what you’re getting into when doing Tough Mudders”.

Programs like P90X and Insanity were also discussed, since they are also extreme in nature. The subject of lack of time being the biggest excuse when it comes to not working out was discussed, too. Brett said that 20 minutes is the magic bullet for many busy moms and people who are short on time. It allows you do a few rounds of moves with maximum benefit, but you HAVE to get breathless while doing it!

When asked about his thoughts on TRX, Brett responded “I thinks it’s amazing!”

“If Want Results In A Short Amount Of Time,
You Have To Get Breathless!”

Our fifth and final seminar was all about food, and you guys know how much I love food and cooking! It was hosted by FITNESS magazine’s Executive Editor, Pam O’Brien (@FITNESSPam), along with Rocco DiSpirito (@roccodispirito), who if you don’t already know from Food Network, is one of FITNESS’s favorite celebrity chefs, author of “Now Eat This! Italian” and star of the AOL web series “Now Eat This! Italy“.

Pam O'Brien and Rocco DiSpirito discussing how to Eat What You Love - And Still Lose Weight!

Pam O’Brien and Rocco DiSpirito discussing how to Eat What You Love – and Lose Weight!

In this seminar, they discussed how to “Eat What You Love – and Lose Weight“, and Rocco revealed secret ingredients for speedy, healthy meals, as well as cooking tricks that slash the fat, but keep the flavor!

Some of the advice given to us during this segment were:

  • Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. (Check out this link, from his tweet above in the photo, for 10 Healthy Foods Under $1)
  • Always say no bread at restaurants.
  • When eating out, split meals to go, when ordering, this way you won’t be tempted to over-eat.
  • Make sure you are eating 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain foods.
  • Juicing is good, but blending is better. Blending keeps all of the fiber from fruits and vegetables

Items to keep on hand in the kitchen:

  • Non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Non-fat cottage cheese
  • Parmigiano Reggiano – Tip: Use a micro plane to grate instead of a box grater! A little goes a long way.
  • Low calorie, Stock in a box
  • Herbs and Spices. These are calorie free/guilt free and big on flavor.
  • Vinegars
  • Dijon Mustard – Only contains 7 calories per tablespoon!

Two of Rocco’s favorite ways to prepare Spaghetti Squash are with garlic and oil – OR – with butter and parmigiano reggiano.

As you can see, the morning was full of amazing and informative speakers. I feel so lucky to have been invited to this event and to have listened, met and spoken with so many inspirational and wonderful people.

I will be sharing information on the wonderful and generous sponsors from #FitBlogNYC in my next post ….so keep an eye out for it!


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Leaving My Comfort Zone

Comfort zoneAfter I shared my #FitBlogNYC news and shear giddiness, things got more exciting!

Remember I said I hoped FITNESS magazine would give us more info about the event during this next week? Well… they did!

We all received an e-mail yesterday afternoon providing information on the workouts that would be offered during the event.  We had to choose one of the following three, cardio, yoga or a power run. All three of these are being brought to us by amazing sponsors, and they all sounded great. However, I immediately felt really stressed and out of my comfort zone. My thought process went a little like this:

  • CARDIO  – I have zero rhythm and will end up stepping on someone. Save that train wreck for your own living-room.
  • YOGA (?) – Possibly, however you’ve done yoga in a class setting before. Try something new!
  • POWER RUN (!) – Initial excitement, followed by self doubt.

Those of you who know me and follow this blog, know that I don’t do group fitness activities. My first ever group fitness event was when I met Tony Horton at his book signing, and I at least had my husband and good friend with me. Outside of that, I’ve done three Bikram Yoga classes (I hid in the back during all of them) and some 5k’s, which I dont’ mind at all.

I ended up reserving a spot for the Power Run and I am extremely nervous about it. I fear that I won’t be able to keep up with everyone. I fear that I’ll gas out halfway through the workout. I fear that my fears are going to make me fail. This is not a good mentality to have. I need to learn how to have confidence in these things. I can’t compare myself to others. I need to give myself credit for trying, do my best and know that I’ll get better with time and training. I need to lose the self doubt, because I have come so far in the past four years. It’s time for me to quit trying to be a perfectionist and just have fun!

I clearly still struggle with the mental aspect of fitness, but I suppose that makes me human.

My next bit of good news also came via e-mail!

I received an invite from Physique 57 to try a barre class after #FitBlogNYC!

Once again, group workout anxiety kicked in, but it’s not everyday that these opportunities present themselves, so I responded that I’ll be there.

I’m sure I won’t be the only person trying this class for the first time, so there is a little comfort in that. I believe that trying new things makes you grow as a person. Plus you never know if you’ll like something unless you try it, right?

So… Here’s to trying new things, leaving my comfort zone and learning how to relax and just have fun! Wish me luck!

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I’m Getting Giddy!

Fitness Meet & TweetIn one week from today, I’ll be in NYC attending the FITNESS Magazine “Fitness Blogger, Meet & Tweet” aka #FitBlogNYC!

Last night Brittany from Healthy Mom Runs, hosted a chat on Twitter for the people attending this event. During the chat, we discussed things like must have items to bring with you, what to wear and possible before & after meet-ups. It seems the important things are a phone charger, water and protein bars, which I had already planned on bringing. As for clothing, everyone will be sporting fitness gear and it looks like the one item everyone will be wearing is cropped black pants. (Good thing I received a pair for my birthday yesterday…I like to blend in at social events)

Some of the #FitBlogNYC veterans were kind enough to share their experience from last years event with us newbies. It appears that there were some hottie waiters in attendance last year and many are hoping they will make an encore appearance this year.

We were also lucky to have FITNESS Magazine’s Digital Director, Christie Griffin with us for the chat. She shared a few names of the speakers we can look forward to. I’m excited to say that I’ll get to hear @SmittenKitchen and @Possessionista  as well as Erin from @FitBottomedGirl, who will be offering tips on how to be a pro blogger.

Christine also tweeted that if we are runners, we should bring our favorite sneaks…which made me very giddy! She mentioned that we should bring sunglasses as some of the speaker sessions may be held outdoors, since it will be around 70 degrees and sunny. It was also announced that there would be workout option this year. I guess they only offered one last year, so people sounded excited about that. Of course all of this info was given to us with a disclaimer that is subject to change, but I’m hoping if it does, it’s only for the better!

Overall, it was an exciting hour well spent on twitter. It was nice to “meet” some of the other bloggers who will be attending, and to get a little bit of info on what to expect at this event. Hopefully FITNESS will release more info this week, as we approach the event. A lot of people were curious about who will sponsoring #FitBlogNYC this year and we were just told that they would be amazing as last year. I wasn’t there last year, but from what I’ve read, amazing is an understatement!

I’d also like to thank Wendy from The Weight Is Over, for starting a Facebook page for this event and keeping us all updated there!

Are you attending #FitBlogNYC this year? If so, I look forward to meeting you! Speaking of….I should probably go and check bus schedules and purchase my tickets!

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Playing Catch Up

I had all intentions of posting blogs daily last week. Hell, I even had topics to post about, but life had other plans for my time.

Oh well.

After last weeks celebration of finally hitting 200 miles for 2013, I dropped off a bit. I’ve had an awful ache in my neck that just won’t let up and I have been busy with stuff around the house. I’ve also still been playing nurse-maid to the puppy, who thought it would be a great idea to eat half of a tennis ball. Thankfully he is doing better now, I just hope my wallet heals from that vet visit soon. Sigh.

I miss getting out and clearing my head while running. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll steal some time to log a few more miles. Oh…and hopefully I make it to the mall to get some more of this…

Designer Whey Protein To Go

Designer Whey Protein To Go – Lemonade

I received this sample in the mail a while ago and I kept forgetting about it. I brought it out with me the other day during my run and finally gave it a shot. To my surprise, it was pretty tasty. I think I was nervous about trying it because I have a picky palette when it comes to protein drinks. There was a slight after taste to it, but nothing awful. I actually finished the whole bottle and decided that I would like to pick up some of the Orange flavor to see how I like that.

Last week, I also got an e-mail from Fitness magazine saying that I was invited to their Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet event AKA #FitBlogNYC this year!! I’m truly excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to go. I’ve already met some great people via the event hashtag on Twitter, and I look forward to meeting them as well as seeing MomsGottaRun. (Someone remind me of this excitement when it’s 4:30am and my alarm is going off because I have to get ready to catch a bus into NYC. Okay, thanks.)


Photo Credit: TreadmillRunway.com

This week I plan on hitting the weights again and getting my eating under control as well. Every now and then I forget to adjust my caloric intake when my workouts drop down and that’s not a good thing. I’ve been sort of spacey about my nutrition since getting sick. I also thought that being home would make keeping up with eating properly easier, but I was wrong. It’s all just time management and I haven’t been very good at that since losing my job a few months ago. It’s time to get my shit together and start functioning the way I am supposed to.

Speaking of functioning the way I used to… I think I felt a small spark of excitement over design today. I was asked by my good friend Beth, from With Glitter In Her Veins, to help her design some stuff for a new business she starting up. She needed a logo, Facebook Cover photo and stuff like that, so this morning I started messing around with it as I enjoyed my morning cup of sanity. To my surprise, inspiration came to me quickly, I e-mailed my design to her and she loved it! It felt good to have the creative juices flowing again, so I decided to make a new logo for myself and try my hand at designing invitations again. I’m not sure if I’ll get a nice bonfire going with this spark, but I might as well give it a shot again and see where it goes.

How was your week? What is everyone up to with their fitness these days?

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