On Thursday, I was lucky enough to spend the day in New York City (one of my favorite places) with fitness bloggers for Fitness Magazine’s Meet and Tweet (#FitBlogNYC). What a lucky lady!
The day was filled with meeting amazing people, both speakers and fellow bloggers. As everything has been settling in my brain, I realized while each speaker spoke about different aspects of health, the consistent theme was to embrace yourself and your journey. It was discussed through beauty tips from Sarah Lucero, health tips from Dr Jennifer Ashton, the amazing panel for My Blog is My Business (Deb Perelman, Dana Weiss, Jill Hanner and Erin Whitehead), extreme fitness with Brett Hoebel and cooking with Rocco DiSpirito.
Sarah Lucero, Executive Director of Global Artistry at Stila Cosmetics and make-up artist for celebrities, gave lots of great advice and courageously shared her battle with stage 3 breast cancer. While she gave make-up tips that included matching your cheek and lip color, importance of good mascara and matching the weight of your make-up to the weight of your clothes, Sarah also spoke about the importance of caring for yourself. She emphasized “fixing the problem” by getting enough sleep and eating healthy for helping diminish dark circles under your eyes and clearer skin. The idea is to take care of yourself and let make-up highlight, not hide, your face.
Dr. Ashton, ABC News senior Medical Contributor, ob-gym, triathlete, and author of the book Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong and Sexy in your 30s, 40s and Beyond, began her talk about Angelina Jolie. She explained that not only is Angelina a hero, but all women facing cancer and potentially facing cancer are heroes. Dr Ashton, went on to talk about the importance of having a great relationship with your doctor, and taking care of your whole body. She recommended the 5/2 diet, where you eat healthy and clean for 5 days and enjoy what you want on the weekends. The theory is that over time your body will adjust to the healthier foods and crave less of the junk foods. In addition to eating well, Dr. Ashton talked about the need to move and incorporate physical activity in your daily routine. Finally, a quote that has stuck with me “Life is an Olympic event, you have to train everyday!”
My Blog is My Business was an amazing panel that included Dana Weiss (Possessionista), Deb Perelman (Smitten Kitchen), Jill Hanner (Ford Fiesta agent) and Erin Whitehead (Fit Bottomed Girls). These women are excellent role models for all bloggers. Again the theme was being yourself and not letting others bring you down. Some key points were to blog for you, be unique, and don’t obsess over numbers. Another general point was to know your vision and your value. This can be applied to advertising, book deals and any sponsor-ships The more you are yourself, the more successful you will be!
Brett Hoebel, founder of Hoebel Fitness, featured trainer on The Biggest Loser season 11 and creator of RevAbs, talked about extreme fitness trends. Having taken his class in the past, I can tell you – he kicks your a** in 20 minutes without a lot of gimmicks. His point is always to maximize your time and give your all. As he talked about new trends, he pointed out the social aspect of fitness. There is an element of bragging about extreme races and workouts that leads to peer pressure and people who are not prepared are getting hurt. The key is to be yourself, work hard and as Brett says, “get breathless”.
Rocco DiSpirito, author of Now Eat This! Italian and star of Now Eat This! Italy web series on AOL, talked about the importance of cooking at home. Rocco was clear that eating healthy is not more expensive than eating unhealthy; your friends should support you in ordering low-calorie options at restaurants; cooking at home is a step in the right direction and try to be social when eating. Again, it comes back to doing what’s best for you and making healthy decisions.
Life is a journey, finding yourself and your goals can be difficult; but embracing your uniqueness, training for your own Olympic event and getting breathless will help you on your way!
Thank you to everyone at Fitness Magazine! Betty Wong, Mary Christ Anderson, Christie Griffin, Lisa Haney, Heather Muir, and Pam O’Brien, you were all amazing bringing insight and inspiration to all of us in attendance!
I will be writing about our amazing yoga class with Tara Stiles and all of the new friends I made in later posts