New York Events (Join me!)

New York News #1:

Do you like Bethenny Frankel? She’s going on tour to publicize her new book, The Skinnygirl Dish (“so much more than a cookbook”) next month. She’s coming to the Columbus Circle Borders on January 6th (a Wednesday) at 7pm. I plan on going… let me know if you want to go together.

New York News #2:

My new friend Ann (my coworker’s girlfriend) alerted me to this Warrior Challenge sponsored by Sati Life and Patricia Moreno. If you apply and are accepted you get a month-long pass to Equinox gyms (a $180 value) so that you can take intenSati classes. You just have to commit to doing 3 classes per week for a month and attending the kickoff class (January 10th) and finale class (February 7th). intenSati is a high-energy cardio workout class created by Patricia Moreno. I applied last night.

Non-New York tipoff:

Do you have Netflix? Do you want a good workout recommendation? This morning I did a 45 minute dancey/cardio workout called “Dance Off the Inches: Calorie Blasting” that was FREE with my subscription. Netflix offers a lot of free streaming videos (I’m currently blowing through the first season of Dead Like Me) and I love the workout videos. This was my first sweaty workout in a while and I had so much fun doing it. I missed real exercise! I do enjoy my relaxed routine now (20 minutes of yoga? that’s all I need each day!) but sometimes I just crave a good workout.

I’m heading off to Miami tomorrow afternoon (to join Bobby, who’s already down there with his family), so expect another post soon – I’ll have lots of writing time in the airport. I have some great posts lined up including a recap of a Christmukkah  party with friends (think latkes, homemade applesauce, and eggnog) and a crazy little announcement of something I’m doing next week with Dori.

Happy Tuesday! Almost Christmas!

Exercise Routines & Exercise Videos

Since moving to New York, my exercise has been cut down a lot. Take a look at this week‘s exercise routines:

Week of 06 Dec – 12 Dec:

Sunday – sadie nardini’s power half hour exercise video; walking
Monday – 5 minutes yoga in the morning; 20 minutes yoga @ night
Tuesday – 5 minutes yoga in the morning ( =( wish i had done more this day)
Wednesday – 2 mile walk home
Thursday – 25 minutes yoga in the morning
Friday – yogadownload’s “weight loss yoga #2″ (20 minutes; this was an exercise video, not just a podcast)
Saturday – meaghan townsend’s cardio yoga exercise video (20 minutes; exercise tv); walking around @ night (1-2 miles?)

That is an average of about 20 minutes of very relaxed exercise each day. But I feel great! I wish I was walking more, but I do think I’ve found a great balance. I should have known – sometimes less is more 🙂

I found this great exercise video yesterday (and I did it again today): Meaghan Townsend’s Cardio Yoga (

cardio yoga

Bobby did it with me yesterday (Saturday) morning. It is great – it’s the flowy, dancey, motion-filled yoga that I love. This is the best video since…

Tom Morley’s Cardio Yoga. I discovered this way back in the fall of ’08. The first time I wrote about him was on September 9th, 2008 – back before I had any commenters and before I knew how to make real post titles. Since then I have done Tom’s yoga videos many many times. I still highly recommend him, but I can never find his “Cardio Yoga”. I can only ever find “Buns and Thighs Yoga”. Sigh.

You don’t have to kill yourself to be in shape. I disagree with many fitness professionals in this respect. I think that taking the stairs, parking far away, being mindful, and taking some deep breaths are way more important than getting in an hour of sweaty cardio. Work exercise into your life – don’t work your life around your exercise routines. Life is short, so chill out and enjoy it.

P.S. If you think that you’ll gain weight by chilling out, think again. Exercise can increase your appetite and make you ravenous – which makes it easy to overeat.

Stay tuned for…

  • Baking experiments starring some NY family members (this was so fun!)
  • More Macro Vegetarian Reviews
  • New York bagels
  • A Holiday Challenge (this won’t be for a week or two)
  • Restaurant review (The Long Room on44th between6th and 7th aves) & a night out with friends

Have a lovely lovely week! Don’t forget to relax.

Family Yums & Workouts

I’m a bit busy, but here are some yums that I had with my family last week…

07 pear salad

My mom made a wonderful salad with pears, blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, white onions, and cranberries (and maybe something else? Mom?). She topped it with a homemade vinaigrette salad dressing. She left the blue cheese crumbles on the side for those who wanted to be vegan.

08 pear salad

That same night she made a creamy leek soup (vegan, amazingly enough). It was delicious. I think she used almond milk. There was definitely dill in there too.

09 leek soup

My dad made his signature waffles for breakfast. We had them with butter and syrup.

10 waffles

My dad also made French toast. Also topped with butter and syrup.

11 french toast

Does your family have any signature dishes?

Workouts of the week:

  • Monday: run in the morning (1.75 miles); walk home (2 miles)
  • Tuesday: yoga in the morning (25 minutes on my own); walk @ lunch (1 mile); walk home (2 miles)
  • Wednesday (today) so far: kendell hogan’s bootcamp calorie burn (30 minutes, free!)

Exercise on a stressful trip?

(Posting from Droid.)

This sitting in the car thing gives me lots of time to think, but not much time to stretch my legs. Here’s what I’ve done the last few days for exercise…

  • Tuesday: packing up the last of our belongings. This was 3+ hours of lugging things up and down 3 flights of stairs + cleaning. Fab workout.
  • Wednesday: 10-15 minutes of yoga stretching at our friend’s house. I ended with a headstand. (The pic is sideways I think.)
  • Thursday: 10-15 minutes of yoga at night with Bobby. I led us through a simple but invigorating routine.
  • Friday: yogadownload‘s ” lunchtime yoga” podcast (20 minutes) in the morning before we set out.


Right now we’re on the road towards Nashville; last night we were in Tulsa. We should make it to my parents’ house by tomorrow (Saturday) night. I’m super excited for something in Nashville tonight… any guesses?

How do you fit in exercise while you’re traveling?

DVF Exercises – DVF Stretching – Diane Von Furstenberg Workout

I mentioned last night that I’m reading Diane von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty. She has a quick (15-25 minutes, depending on what you do) exercise routine to start your day (or end it?) and I’ve done it twice so far. I did it last night (Sunday) and this morning (Monday). I hope to do it again tonight (Monday), because it’s fun and simple.

Diane has some great advice in her book. I bought this cute dress from Target today ($29.99) because of what she said. Jill and I had a girl-date and we went to Target and Whole Foods (mmm… more on that later).

Cute button detail.

Me playing around.

I’ve made some changes to Diane’s exercise routine, so I’m just going to write out what I would do. Maybe later this week I’ll do demo pics.

Begin standing, hands at your sides.

  1. Arm Stretch: Inhale the right arm up and stretch to the left. Exhale the arm down. Repeat on the left (inhale the arm up, stretch right, exhale down). Repeat 5 times on each side.
  2. Rolldown: drop your head, then fold down to a forward fold. Inhale to a flat back (like in yoga), exhale down again. Roll all the way back up. Repeat 2-10 times. (I do 10.)
  3. Breathing: lie down on the floor with your knees bent. Inhale thru the nose and exhale thru the mouth with your hands on your ribcage. Repeat 5 times.
  4. Leg stretch: stretch out your legs. Hug your right leg to your chest, then put it back on the floor. Repeat with your left leg. Do this 5 times on each side.
  5. Rolling like a ball: hug your knees and roll side to side and up and down.
  6. Leg cross: put your arms out in a T. Bring your right knee to your chest; drop it to the left and look right. Bring it back and place it back to the floor. Repeat on the left. Do this 5 times on each side.
  7. Leg cross 2: same position as #6. Instead of dropping your knee to the opposite side, drop it to the same side (right leg drops right). Repeat on the left and do this 5 times on each side.
  8. Bicycle: hands stretched out over your head, knees bent with feet on the floor. Bring your right knee to your chest and straighten it up, lower it down. Repeat 10 times and then do the left. You can do it backwards another 10 times too!
  9. Bicycle crunches: do 40 bicycle crunches (20 on each side, alternating).
  10. Bridge: do “bridge pose” (from yoga). Exhale, lifting your hips to the ceiling; inhale down. Repeat 5 times with the breath.
  11. Leg kicks and circles: lie on your right side. Do 10 kicks (leg lifts) and 10 small circles. Repeat on the left side.
  12. Arm stretch 2: sit cross-legged. Inhale the right arm up, stretch to the left. Exhale back down. Repeat on the left. Do this 5 times on each side.
  13. All fours: get down on all fours. Straighten your right leg behind you, toe pointed. Flex your foot as you bend your leg, keeping your thigh parallel to the ground. Straighten and point. Repeat 10 times, then do the left side. You can do leg lifts from this position too (good for the butt).
  14. Child’s pose: roll down to child’s pose and rest for a few seconds. Roll up to sitting.

You should feel relaxed and ready to start the day. You can actually pick and choose some of these exercises to do while watching TV, reading, talking on the phone, etc… I like them a lot because they’re not intense and you can fit them in throughout your whole day. I plan on doing some more tonight while I watch TV.

This routine took me about 25 minutes this morning; I think I might have done some extra reps so it might normally be shorter. The routine reminds me of when I was doing a yoga flow every morning. Not the same movements, but they are both relaxing and stimulating at the same time.

What’s your exercise routine like? Do you do the same thing every day or do you switch it up?