Category Archives: Fitness

Vitamins & Suppelements from www.nutritionfix.com

I just had a conversation with one of my “sporty” friends. I mentioned something about my nails being brittle and she quickly rattled off a list of vitamins I should take including fish oils. Last week, someone I follow on twitter was explaining the amazing results she had when she incorporated protein supplements into her diet (she’s lost 100+ pounds). Over the years, I’ve known people who have used supplements as part of their healthy lifestyle but it’s never something I considered. I’m not 100% comfortable walking into my local vitamin shop because I like to avoid the “hard sell” so I’ve been doing research online. I was also recently introduced to www.nutritionfix.com, a store that sells vitamins, supplements, high-protein…

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Dating on a Diet: Support Systems

“I want a chocolate milkshake soooo bad,” I said as I looked over the menu at a Diner on the Lower East Side sometime in March. “So, have one,” Robert said, barely looking up from his menu. If I had said something like that to one of my girlfriends, they would have said DON’T DO IT! ITS NOT WORTH THE CALORIES! and I would have ordered a seltzer water. I frowned a little, wanting to complain that he wasn’t being supportive but bit my tongue. I still ordered a seltzer and pushed my milkshake craving to the side. A week later I casually mentioned that I’d lost 2 more pounds. He raised his hand up for a high-five,  “Have you…

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A Calorie Saved is a Calorie Earned

When I was in high school I lost 50 pounds by just working out. I ate taco bell and drank cherry-lime-aide every day like all of my friends, but spending an hour in the gym each night was all it took for me to burn off the burritos and then some. Because of that, I base most of my weight loss plan on working out even though experts say I shouldn’t. “80% of weight loss is your diet/what you eat” “You get fit in the gym… you get thin in the kitchen” There are so many quotes and adages that focus on eating as the main component to weight loss. But its a hard shift for me to make. I’ve…

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I’ll Try Anything… Twice (Zumba!)

Whenever I get comments/tweets/facebook messages from you guys, I read them and take them into consideration. For the longest time a few of you have been telling me to try Zumba… so I did! My gym has multiple locations around Manhattan and the gym near my apartment offers a Zumba class on Saturday mornings, so I took it a few months ago. The class was full and the teacher was cool. Based on what everyone had said to me about Zumba, I was prepared to leave the class panting, but that was not the case. 30 minutes into the class I hadn’t even broken a sweat. “Maybe it’s because you’re a dancer,” one of my girlfriends suggested. “You trained in…

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Dating on a Diet: Portion Control

Last week I got a text from Robert: Wanna grab some late night pancakes? The text couldn’t have come at a more interesting time. 1.) I was sweating my behind off on the elliptical machine 2.) I was watching The Biggest Loser while I worked out The combination of those things made me extra aware of my decision. On one hand, Robert and I hadn’t seen each other over the weekend and I missed him. On the other hand I was in the middle of a great workout session and I didn’t want to sabotage it with a meal of carbs and sugar. I knew there had to be a way to have my (pan) cake and eat it too,…

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Gymtimidation: Trying New Things

One morning, when the gym was kind of empty, I made my way over to a machine I saw featured in SELF magazine. It was a machine that made pull-ups easier. But instead of 10, 20, 30 pound weights, it was based on body weight. I think the idea is to subtract the amount of weight you want to lift from your body weight, but I got nervous and confused. I felt like all the meat-heads in the weights section were looking at me wondering what I was doing there. So instead of taking a moment to understand the machine, I just pretended I knew what I was doing and hopped on. I was supposed to look like this, smoothly…

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Weight Loss Check In!

Last week the women’s locker room at the gym was a circus. All the lockers were taken and the ones that were empty were broken. The place was a sea of bright colored thongs and heads wrapped in white towels. Standing in the middle of the chaos were three women in their coats waiting for a locker to open up. “I can’t WAIT for January to be ovah,” one of them said while smacking her gum. Then she waved a finger around the locker room, “Alllll of ya’ll will be GONE by February!” Everyone knows that January is resolution time. Gym memberships, salads and bottles of water are all the rage with everyone, myself included. But I really want to…

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Curvy Conversations: Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?

I’m crazy about you, CeCe but I don’t understand the reason for you wanting to lose weight? Your blog is called The Big Girl Blog, but maybe you should change the name? I’m not judging you, every one has to do what’s best for them, but I feel like you should be careful about falling into the trap of another plus-size princess who advertises her site as a place where readers can come to read about your adventures, but you also share weight-loss tips. My problem with dieting? Most people gain the weight back and then some within 5 years. Maybe you won’t . . . Anyway, good luck on your exercise journey, and if you are trying to lose…

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Gaiam TV: A Fitness Buddy at your Fingertips

If you follow me on twitter/4Square you always see me checking in at the gym, but every once in a while I like to try working out at home, especially in the mornings (waking up is hard!) As 2012 begins and my fitness goals are renewed, I’ve been lucky enough to start the New Year with a preview subscription to Gaiam TV. Gaiam TV is like Netflix for those of us who want to get fit. They’re the first streaming video subscription that specializes in health, wellness, yoga, fitness and personal development and its a great way to try something new, like yoga or a crazy Jillian Michaels workout in the privacy of your own home. The channels are all…

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Fat Girl Flash Back: Back-to-School Fantasies

As many of you know, I’m in California for Christmas (hence the sparse blog posts and tweets… sorry about that!). This year, I was able to come home for a whooping 20 days! 20 days to spend with my parents, sisters and a few friends… more importantly, 20 days off from my day job! *cartwheel* As I planned my trip and the things I wanted to do while I was home, I found myself focusing on how much time I would have to exercise. 20 days on vacation, I’d have no excuse not to hit the gym regularly while I was home. My train of thought went a little like this: 20 days of vacation… if I worked out every…

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