Pinterest Fitness Tips and Motivation of the Week

Hello NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope everyone is doing well today. We all need fitness tips and motivation sometimes. I know I do and most of my friends and family are always asking how do I stay motivated or where do I start when it comes to fitness? Every week I post my favorite workouts, fitness tips and motivational quotes that I have found on Pinterest. No matter what your personal health and fitness goals are we all need a little help now and then. Sometimes our workouts grow stale as well and we are looking for new workouts to try out. Pinterest is one of the best places that I have found to have so many workouts available in one place. Let’s take a look at my favorite pins of fitness tips, motivation and workouts I have found on Pinterest this week:

Fitness TipsWho does not love to find a great arm workout. Try this one out!

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Here is a great thigh and butt workout courtesy of Blogilates.

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The above are some great rules to live a healthy life. One to print out and put on the refrigerator!

Fitness TipsIf you do not have time to hit the gym or just like working out at home this is a fabulous cross fit workout that you can do anywhere. How about doing this one in front of the tv or during commercial breaks!

Fitness TipsThis is a great quote! We need to stop comparing our selves to others and start just trying to be the best you that you can be!

That wraps up my favorite Pinterest Fitness Tips for the week. I will be keeping an eye out all week for next week’s Fitness edition. How will you stay motivated to be fit this week?


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Workout Wednesday-Back, Biceps, and Glutes with Active Wear by Athleta

Good Morning Workout Lovers! It is Wednesday again and it is time for Workout Wednesday. I am in week 37 of pregnancy so my workout will still be a little tame. I will interested to see how these work outs will change once I have the baby and can get back into actual training. I can’t wait! Today I will be doing a short back, biceps and glutes workout. I will also be finishing it off with an incline walk on the treadmill. Here is a look at what I have planned for my workout today:

  • 3 sets of 15 reps
  • single arm dumbbell rows
  • deadlifts
  • standing bicep curls
  • hammer curls
  • plie squats
  • leg press
  • 30 min incline treadmill walk

With spring weather coming soon I have been obsessing over the awesome colors that Athleta has to offer in active wear this spring. If you have not had a chance to take a look you should head over to Athleta and check out what they have to offer. As a new Athleta shopper I just as pleased with the quality of the active wear as I am with the fashionable looks that they put out this season. I was even able to find some great pieces that I have been enjoying during my pregnancy. I do have a gift card that I am looking forward to using after this baby makes it appearance in a couple of weeks! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Athleta looks that are available right now:

Fast Track Half Zip AthletaThis is the Fast Track Half Zip, this awesome piece comes in 5 colors. It is a great layering base that is completely breathable. An option for all the unpredictable weather we have been having!

Bay Beach Capri From AthletaThe Bay Beach Capri comes in 3 colors, my favorite is this heather grey. This is a great item for the gym, walking on the beach or just lounging around. I love wearing ankle length capris in the spring weather.

Pacifica UPF Tank From AthletaThe Pacifica UPF Tank is available in 7 vibrant colors. This is a great under layer for runners or any other activity you want to do in this tank. I am tempted to add a couple of these tanks to my active wear collection.

Samsula High Top Shoes by Off The Beaten Track®I have been seeing high tops all over the place this year. These are the Samsula High Top Shoes by Off the Beaten Track. The high tops feature a hidden wedge in the base of the shoe to give a little lift to those of us that may need one. Another great feature is that they are leather with an edgy snake-skin like texture to them. definitely not your regular pair of high tops!

I hope I have given you some motivation to go workout today and also to go and check out Athleta and up your active wear wardrobe! I know I am so excited to buy some of these pieces, maybe I will get this whole outfit! What type of workout will you be doing today on Workout Wednesday? What is your favorite active wear brand?


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Motivation Monday

Hello Monday Morning! Mondays can be hard for a lot of people. I have been using Monday to share motivation quotes with all of you. I love Mondays it is a chance to start a fresh week. I normally focus on fitness when I am picking a motivation quote. Today’s motivational quote you can apply to all three rules to every area of your life. This quote is courtesy of QuoteParade.com

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I know so many people in my life that could use all three of these steps. If you look at successful people they usually follow these life rules. Go after what you want, ask for what you want and step forward. In order to step forward you need to stop focusing on past failures. This last step is so important. We are all guilty of at one time being stuck in the same spot out of fear of failure or repeating past mistakes. If we do not step forward we can never progress.

When I was young I grew up in a negative environment and was not taught these life lessons. For those of you that are parents look at these rules and see how you can teach them to your children. I wish that someone had told me how to succeed and how to be a more positive person. I will be having my first child this month and raising them to be positive and to possess self-confidence has been weighing heavily on my mind. I had always worried that since that was not instilled in me at a young age would I be able to teach this to my kids. What I keep telling myself is that knowledge is power. Since I have taught these things to myself I will make sure these are really important life lessons that I can give to me child.

Whether you are working on a fitness, health, love, relationship, work and just life goals you can apply this motivational quote to those goals. I hope as you move forward this week that you will keep these three rules in mind. As always, live with a positive attitude and you will get so much farther. What are some of the goals that you are working towards right now?


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Fitness Quote of the Week: Jillian Michaels

Happy Weekend everyone! It was finally a warm day here in NYC. Spring is definitely on its way! With the nice weather we spent some time walking today and even took the dog out for a long stroll. I also did not hit the gym and did indulge in some treats. I can not say no to mini eggs when offered, I blame that on Jon! Jillian Michaels has always been an inspiration to me. When looking for a new quote to post this week I immediately thought of her. I found this one and find it to be so true. I have posted many times about how important diet is, even more important than exercise. We all deserve a treat once in a while but when you do not have the time to work out for a bit because we all know life can get in the way, make sure to eat well.  Have a great weekend!


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Fitness Friday: My Fitness Pal

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TGIF everyone! I was in an interesting fitness tips twitter chat the other night and there was one thing that kept coming up, My Fitness Pal. I have been using this app for years and find it to be one of the main things that keeps me on track all week. I have used Many fitness and food apps and this one is my favorite. If I can give you one health and fitness tip today it is to sign up for My Fitness Pal and give it a try.

Why My Fitness Pal?

Like I said before I have been using it religiously for years. Here are some of the great benefits to using My Fitness Pal app:

  • food diary
  • almost 4 million food items that you can search in their database
  • custom foods can be added from your own recipes etc
  • forums and support
  • exercise tracker
  • it is FREE!!

For me my favorite part of My Fitness Pal is the food diary. It did not take long for this to become a habit for me daily. I check in to the app a few times a day and enter the food I have eaten. It really helps me to be aware of portions as well. Years ago I would never look at a serving size on a package and actually follow it. Now I do because I know I am going to want to add it to my food diary. My Fitness Pal is all about accountability. We all have to take more responsibility for our health and this is a great way to keep you on it. The other great thing is that you are able to see the nutrition values of your day as well. This is awesome for those of us that are not sure if we are getting a good balance of certain vitamins or if we need to add a little something extra to our diets.

Another tracker on My Fitness Pal is tracking your exercise. I love to do this because the more I track it the more I know how much more I can eat that day! The more activity I enter the more calories it adds to my daily goal. There are so many exercises and cardio listed in My Fitness Pal that you should not have a problem entering in everything that you have done that day.

My Fitness Pal also has a forum and you can add your friends for motivation. I will be honest I have not used this function. I get a lot of my motivation from my self or I find social media a really great place to find some fitness inspiration. When I was in this twitter chat the other night a lot of the chatters were part of the forum and had significant friends lists to help each other in their weight loss/weight maintenance journey. Even if you are not looking to lose weight My Fitness Pal has been great just to keep me on track and when I do find my pants are getting tight I can look at my food diary or exercise tracker and figure out what I need to either cut back on or if I need to add more activity.

I hope that you will check out My Fitness Pal or just look into food journaling and exercise tracking because I think it is one of the greatest tools in weight loss and management. What do you do to keep yourself on track?


March Madness

Hey guys! I had promised myself at New Year’s that I would start every month off with a note to you guys. Well when did March start? I feel like January was the slowest month I have ever experienced and February was over in the blink of an eye. Maybe it is because February is so short or that I am a few weeks away from the birth of my first little one. This is something I am extremely excited yet very nervous for! I think the best part will be finally finding out what we are having. Will this be a handsome little guy or a beautiful little gal? My odds are on a boy but as we all know intuition is not always correct!

If you have been following nycfitfoodfashion.com you may have noticed that I have been featuring a lot more guest features since New Years and this will continue. I think that it brings a little more to the page and not just one voice. I hope you agree! I will also be taking a break when the baby comes. Do not worry there will still be posts, I have a team of guest bloggers that will be posting work during the week of 2 that I will not be able to. I am hoping to have a great balance of fitness, food, recipes and fashion tips from some fantastic bloggers. I am still accepting submissions, if you are interested please send me an email at nycfitfoodfashion@gmail.com. I love to support other bloggers out there.

Lately I have been posting a lot of fashion posts. I go with what ever inspires me, right now that seems to be fashion. I will be working on getting back to a regular balance of all the things you love in fitness, food and fashion. There has been so many great things going on in fashion lately. How about those SJP Shoes?? I can not stop thinking about them!

As per usual I really love hearing from you guys and I am looking for feedback. What would you like to see from NYC Fit Food Fashion this month? Is there anything that pops out at you that you have been looking for us to cover? Please feel free to reach out and let’s talk!

As for what I do have planned for this month. Here are some topics:

  • spring fashions
  • perfect sandals
  • should you detox?
  • Clean Eating Recipes
  • baby style
  • and many many more!

This month is going to be a crazy one for me. With this being my first child I would love to here from any of you that have some advice. Especially for how things are going to go after we get home! I am really blessed that Jon will be home for the first month with me but other than that I am on my own here. Any tips would be greatly appreciated by this first time Mamma. I will be heading to the Dr today to see if the little one has decided to turn down. Have a great day everyone!

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Workout Wednesday- Cardio and Shoulders plus Active Wear from Athleta

Good Afternoon Workout Lovers! It is workout Wednesday and I have already hit the gym today. For some motivation, if I can get out there at 36 weeks pregnant than so can you! Today I will be sharing the shoulder workout I did and some athletic wear from the awesome people over at Athleta. I am so obsessed with Athleta Active Wear right now and if you have not checked them out yet, you totally should. In my opinion they are way better than lululemon any day of the week. Let’s start with today’s workout:

  • 5 min cardio warm up
  • sets of 3×15
  • push ups (this was not an easy one for me!)
  • up right rows
  • military press
  • lateral raise
  • 30 minutes of cardio

Active wear from Athleta

Colorblock Chi Tank by Athleta

Colorblock Chi Tank

Bay Beach CapriBay Beach Capri

Ariel Tiki Bikini by AthletaAriel Tiki Bikini

Ariel Tiki Reversible Bottom by AthletaAriel Tiki Reversible Bottom

Kiki Swim Dress by AthletaKiki Swim Dress

Betty High Top Shoe by Sperry® Top-SidersBetty High Top Shoe by Sperry

What did you do for Workout Wednesday?


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Food Quote of the Week- Motivation Monday

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Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone! This is a food quote but also falls into fitness as well. People often wonder why they work out but do not see the results that they want to see. Weight loss, muscle gain, and especially abs are not just something that happens in the gym. Diet is the most important element in achieving the fitness goals that you do have. The leanest and fittest I have ever been was because of how careful I was with what I was eating. I barely strayed from that food schedule and I saw results. My workout routine really did not change it was all about how I ate. It is great to have treats now and then but the more you have them the less you will see the results that you want. You just have to decide what it is that you want more, that cupcake or that body you have been working for. I admit the cupcake does win out on many occasions but that is ok too! Just a little something to think about today.


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Fitness Quote of the Week-Chalene Johnson

Happy Saturday! Today I am featuring a quote of Chalene Johnson‘s. Chalene is definitely someone that inspires me to be fit and motivates me to get my butt to the gym or even to work out at home. If you do not know of her, check out this post I wrote about her last year and why she is an inspiration. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far! Did you find a way to improve your mood today?

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Just Say Hello Campaign- Working to Combat Loneliness

Hey Guys!! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far. Yesterday morning I was sitting around watching my usual morning tv and I happened to have caught an interview with Gayle King. Gayle we all know as Oprah’s BFF but she is also co-anchor on CBS this morning and editor-at-large for O magazine. During the interview Gayle brought up the “Just Say Hello” Campaign. This campaign and the meaning behind it really caught my attention.

Oprah Winfrey urges people to “Just Say Hello”: “Every human being is looking for one thing, and that is to be validated, to be seen and to be heard” read the article at cnn.com

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are encouraging us to “just say hello”. This came about by realizing just how lonely a nation we live in. You would think that with all of the outlets we have out there to be social we would never be lonely. The fact is stats have shown that people have never been more lonely. We spend a great deal of time hiding behind all of these social media outlets and a lot less time getting out there and being social with actual people face to face. That is where this initiative comes in.

Oprah and Gayle have teamed up with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Skype in this campaign. The “just say hello” campaign will launch in the March 2014 issue of O magazine. How serious is this issue of loneliness you may be asking:

Gupta writes that at any given time, at least one in five people suffers from some degree of loneliness. Studies have shown that it can increase a person’s mortality risk by 45 percent, more than obesity or excessive alcohol use. Elderly lonely people are 64 percent more likely to develop dementia, he adds. Read the full eonline article here.

Let’s all take a lesson from this and start meeting more people and taking chances out there instead of hiding behind our computer, tablet and phone screens. Oprah, Gayle and Dr Gupta are hoping that this will catch on and are looking for people to tell them about there “just say hello” experiences by sharing them via social media using the hashtag #JustSayHello. What do you think of this campaign? I love it and think it is so important especially in this time where our upcoming generations spend so much time doing things via social networking instead of just getting out there. Share a story here with us on how you have reached out of your comfort zone to get out there and make a new connection or friend! I can not wait to hear your story!

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