5 things I learned from 2014 about weight loss

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I decided that it’s time to say goodbye to that lifelong lingering belly fat and lose weight in 2014.  Despite my history in doing sports, I never felt that my body reached a level of optimal health. Even as a school athlete for track and field and cross country (not to mention, other sports that sparked my interests), my nutrition was poor as a puberty-stricken teenager. I always thought that my body can burn the calories and fat and bought whatever junk food I wanted.

Hence, took me longer than expected to see the results I wanted. Fast forward, a year ago to this day, I told myself that I will lose the weight and gain the respect I wanted, for myself. As a result, this blog was born and I had other opportunities in the health and fitness world. Here are the 5 things I learned about weight loss in 2014

Join a group or gym that motivates you to make it on time for classes or the gym itself                                            

There is no better motivation than having a workout buddy to hit workouts with. Becoming part of a workout team, and/or classes with a group instructor not only gives you inspiration, but gives you the obligation to not waste time of others as a consequence. What happens when you don’t show up and your workout buddy does, you let both yourself and the buddy down. Don’t be that jerk.

Have a personal trainer for at least 3 training sessions                                                                                                  

There are some things in life that people spend a bit extra for a given benefit.  Despite their rates per session, a good personal trainer is worth it. They give you that extra push for you to tackle that last rep of beyond. Not to mention, assess your limits and look for ways to crush it.  My first personal trainer Theresa knew I was strong to begin with and often overload my muscles with her workout plans to ensure I never get away easy. (For me, the days where I cursed, spat on the ground, farted and vomited was well worth it.)

Try to make the first two months critical when it comes to dieting                                                                                  

This might be biased for me to say this, but make every effort to spend at least the first two months crucial in terms of your nutrition. That means, no alcohol and if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, do not eat it.  Vegan or no vegan, eat as much natural products, cut the diet foods bullshit

and drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Your body will thank you.

You don’t necessary need a gym to lose weight                                                                                                                      

I believe that Circuit Training is the most effective method for weight loss.  You are constantly shocking your body and the calories to continue to burn up to 48 hours. Not to mention HIIT Training combines cardio and strength building which helps to eventually achieve those chiseled abs, assuming that your diet is to par. I recommend this website by personal trainer, Neila Rey to get started.

Envision what your body need to look like                                                                                                                      

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said this line: “Visualize and see exactly what you wish to become”.  Most importantly, if you want the results, you have to visualize your goals before it becomes something set in stone. If you wanted to be ripped like The Rock or Jillian Michael, read about their process in fitness and try your best in reaching for the goal as direct as possible.

Here’s to an even fit 2015!

FitCircuit’s Fitness Lifestyle and Wellness Event Review

Romy Antoine and Jacklyn Sklaver  of FitCircuit

Romy Antoine and Jacklyn Sklaver of FitCircuit

An exciting, NYC fitness and wellness event was held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Harman Store, hosted by FitCircuit, which comprises of the outstanding teamwork between RippedNFit and Fitmissnyc. For $20 per ticket, tri-state residents have the opportunity to meet like-minded people in the fitness, health and wellness industry and find out about latest brands, food, services and products.

Among the event was a complimentary yoga class by lululemon athletica, taught by Alexandra Seijo of Pure Yoga, products samples and snacks from various vendors including Laurel’s Nut Butter, Blk, ProTings, Nth Degree, SkinnyPop, Fresh Routes, Cevich, Zero Bar LLC and Protein Factory. There were also demonstrations/presentations from different gym services and apparel vendors including Naturally Intense, Regenerate Fitness, UFC Gym, Rock Tape, SXE Fitness, Movement Minded, Reverence Apparel, Kiwi Sweat and

In addition, complimentary gift bags, raffles and giveaways from Sox Box, Hylete, My Oatmeal and JBL were given. Free Yurbuds sports headphones were given to the first 100 attendees and trial classes for some of the gyms mention earlier. And if this doesn’t wow you enough, there was an open bar from Vita Frute by Veev (organic, all-natural, ready-to-drink cocktails), a quick Yoga-dance performance, DJ Music provided by the Harman store, and discounts galore, including from the store itself.

FitCircuit deserves five stars for overall presentation, atmosphere, venue, organization, and timeliness. Almost all of the vendors are very innovative, passionate and committed in their contributions to the health, wellness and fitness world.

From Naturally Intense’s 10-minute workouts, UFC franchise providing training studios to the public to blk’s (the water is actually black due to combining fulvic trace minerals with mineral spring water) revolution in providing maximum benefits in drinking water, this event has a lot of amazing things for all attendees.

Not to mention, you can learn how to use Kinesiology tape with live demonstrations from RockTape.

What is also impressive with FitCircuit, is how they are building a platform in connecting fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers, and people interested in a healthy lifestyle with some of the top fitness professionals, trainers, and trendsetters in the industry, including celebrity trainer, Kevin Richardson of Naturally Intense.

The hosts, RippedNFit’s Romy Antoine and Fitmissnyc’s Jaclyn Sklaver are also both very talented and personable personal trainers who have a lot of offer with many more FitCircuit events. So if you are in fitness/wellness/health and do not want to wait for yearly expos in New York City, FitCircuit has you covered.

For more information on the organizers:
• RippedNFit-
• FitmissNYC-

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The First Annual Queens Health, Beauty and Financial Expo

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The First Annual Health, Beauty and Financial Expo was held on Sept 14 from 11 a.m.-4 the New York Hall of Science, which provided local Queens residents and their families a chance to venture new ways to health, beauty and finance. Among the expo were free blood pressure tests, health screenings, samples and demonstrations of different fitness and wellness organizations, such as The Fitness Detective. This was a perfect chance for residents to take advantage of services (requires insurance card) that may not be presented in the past.

Raffle tickets were given from each vendor demonstration and bought in order to win tons of great prizes including gift certificates for massages, dinner at UnoGrill, and most importantly a grand trip prize to Cancun, Mexico. Everyone who came out to the expo was given a free goody bag that had a few thoughtful gifts such as a hardcover notebook and Colgate toothpaste with toothbrush. Hosted by the Queens Courier Newspaper, the purpose of this expo is “learn how to look and feel good, with information about healthy eating options for the whole family and a variety of interactive demonstrations, including how to prepare a healthy salad by Saladmaster.”

Families get to take home investment tips, information about health insurance options, current New York public health information and senior living. The Queens community also got to interact with local experts. The event is perfect for the whole family, with offerings for everyone from kids to senior citizens as you can “pamper yourself without spending a cent with sample psychic readings, body wraps, hairstyling by Giorgio’s Salon & Spa, 10-minute massages by Healing Hands, and henna tattoos with a purchase of special priced eyebrow threading by ASHA Threading.”  Children also got free face painting and ID cards from NY Life Insurance.

Overall this event gets five stars for overall presentation, mood, organization and timeliness. Fitness Detective and Giorgio’s Salon and Spa had the most impressive overall presentations as they both went beyond their scope of means to really express passion in their respected fields and had clients that showed actual results from utilizing their services, including a woman named Carol Black who chose to workout at Fitness Detective because it’s a smaller gym where it “allows you to work out without feeling scared or intimidated”.

The event is sponsored by The Queens Courier, National Grid, AgeWell New York, AdvantageCare Physicians, Adirondack Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Giorgio’s Salon and Spa, Frankie’s Carnival Time, Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Saladmaster and New York Life.

Product review: EBOOST Energy Power (all varieties)

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EBOOST sent along a sample of each flavor of their Energy Powders (Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate, and Orange) for the purpose of review.

It’s often difficult to find an energy boost, whether it’s for working out and/or at work, without crashing later in the day, especially if the general consumer is not familiar with some of the ingredients, especially if it has more artificial than natural ingredients. You wind up feeling jittery, lethargic and crappy.

What makes EBOOST very special is that its blend of vitamins, minerals, and super-nutrients will “give you a natural lift. It’s packed with ingredients like Vitamins C, D, B6, B12, as well as 5-HTP, Resveratrol, Green Tea, and Green Coffee.”  The energy powder samples not only increased the amount of delivery in our workouts; from faster cardio times and more reps in a given workout, but the efficiency of simply getting overall tasks done, giving EBOOST the highest rating it truly deserves. Our favorite flavor was the Pink Lemonade.

Gluten Free, Non-GMO, no artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners are some of the things EBOOST opted from their ingredients. More impressively is that the company “spent years working with doctors, nutritionists, and trainers to create the right blend of premium ingredients that not only delivers energy, but also helps with recovery, and enhances focus and mood.”

From glowing testimonials from celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Shakira and Kelly Ripa to even Jillian Michaels as EBOOST’s very own Chief Energy Officer, EBOOST will not only deliver natural energy to kick start your workouts, but also boost your workout, and your life.

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The Basics Of Circuit Training and its Benefits


Circuit Training is a form of body-conditioning that combines high intensity exercises with strength/resistance training. A ‘circuit’ is assigned exercises completed one after another. Each exercise is given a certain amount of repetitions within a time limit, in order to keep the heart rate up to target optimum weight loss and toning.

Circuit Training can use free weights, weight machines at a gym, and body weight. The uniqueness of the convenience of not relying on a gym to achieve results and using your body as weight has attracted many fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Circuit Training can be for anyone interested in a fast-paced workout, especially those who want to lose weight and tone up at the same time due to busy work schedules. Circuit Training has been recognized as one of the fastest methods for fat-burning in women.

The creator of this form of exercise, Chuck Coker, “wanted to improve training efficiency and maximize strength and muscle gains all while improving health and cardiovascular fitness”as he coined the term, Peripheral Heart Action Training before Circuit Training.

Depending on the size of the weights used and number of repetitions per exercise, circuit training will improve cardiovascular health, physical strength, and muscle size/tone. However, “there’s one stipulation: the intensity of the workout/circuit must be maintained at 80% of your max heart rate.” Here is what this looks like in an equation:

220 – Your age x .80 = 80% max heart rate.

It’s recommended to do circuit training at least 3 days a week with cardio in off training days to achieve ideal results. In addition, do not overexert recommended cardio so the muscles will not get burned out. Though intensive, individuals can adapt to the prescribed exercises as time go on and improvement persists.

My first sick week, bleh!



Another week, another super drenched outfit I have to rewash again. I am very proud that I can proudly say that I spent the majority of the year improving my body in hopes of ringing in the  new year with a much better body than ever before. So I was set back for a few weeks, not because I got bored of fitness (gasp, LIES!), but because I was a bit sick and wasnt able to do much for days, especially through breathing my nose. Its not something I expected, but something I thought I can prevent, which threw me off balance. I still want to get the prized abs, but I learned that naturally it would take almost a year (thought my stomach wasn’t that completely large to begin with)  My sick week also taught me that I still have a long way to go, but at the same time, isnt that what makes a lifestyle blog interesting to begin with? I have to start the essentials somewhere, whether its nutrition, circuit training, or workouts. Decided that its best to start from somewhere so when you have days like sick days, you don’t falloff as hard.

Refrain from eating carelessly or workout, because the more you push your body when it needs to recover, you WONT recover. Simple as that. 🙂 Back on the grind, planning on starting 2015 really going all out for Calisthenics. And yes, 2014 is almost over folks. Bring out the last hurrahs and get to it!