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The Winter Blues

Oh New York City, I love you but you are gross today!

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I skipped the gym today. Frankly, just maneuvering around the dirty snow and muddy, mystery puddles feels like a workout.

If you also didn’t get out to the gym today, here’s a quick a link to my Youtube page where you will find my glute video. You can also view it below. All the exercises featured can be performed at home, which means no leaping over dirty slush. Yippee!

There’s some other exercise ideas on my Blitz Your Body workout page. Check them out, and if you have any questions, or anything you’d like to see, let me know!

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Vegan Rage is Real, People!

It’s been a sad morning. Not because of the vegan diet (which IS growing tiresome), but because of this…

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Don’t you hate when the entire stem rips off?

I had to make a little hat so that I wouldn’t get banana in my backpack.

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Caution: Genius at work.

I am more than mid-way done with my 30 day vegan diet, and am most looking forward to eating cheese again. In fact, I have begun to think of the past few months as B.C. and A.C. (Before Cheese and After Cheese, respectively).

I tried some vegan, soy-based, “cheese” which was just about the most vile thing ever invented.

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 Slimy, smelly and EVIL. Why does this exist???

There are a few ways to create your own vegan “cheese” with cashews and nutritional yeast but I have yet to try it.  Has anyone ever made this stuff?

It’s a good thing that I live in NYC, where there is bound to be at least one vegan restaurant in any neighborhood you wander. I love Peacefood Cafe on the Upper West Side, where I treated myself to a piece of vegan carrot cake.

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It tasted just like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting-amazing!

There is even a new vegan soul food restaurant in Harlem which I will be hitting up very soon:  http://www.seasonedvegan.com/ Yes! SOUL FOOD! Get in my belly!

I often refer to veganism as the diet of side dishes. For example, last night I ate sauteed zucchini, a Kabocha squash mash, and a salad. I also tossed some black beans in there to help fill me up. This is a pretty typical dinner for me. I know, it sounds depressing to all you meat-eaters out there. But because I am eating a high volume of food I feel satisfied at the end of each meal.

Of course, satisfied does not mean happy, and as I write this I am being informed that I still have a poor attitude, and am short-tempered. I like to think that I’m being sassy, but yeah, I agree my fuse is short. VEGAN RAGE IS REAL, PEOPLE!

Finally, if you missed the grand announcement before, I have a new workout video on my YouTube channel! And it focuses on everyone’s favorite body part-the glutes!

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A Day in the Park

Yesterday was perfect weather for a run. BUT, I’m trying to limit my running days to just three a week, and Saturday I ran down Park Ave for Summer Streets. Hmmm…what to do? Wait! I have a TRX! And I know how to use it! So I grabbed my gear and headed over to the chin-up bars near W. 85th.

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Wow, was I glad I did! The chin up bar area also has picnic tables and swings, and is a common place to workout. There were a few other guys there doing  exercises and I definitely had to stop and stare. Talk about using your environment and body weight as a “gym”. These guys were repurposing everything around them. Picnic table box jumps, modified back rows with the baby swings, it was really quite impressive. Definitely gave me some ideas for my next park work out. Finally, I saw this guy pick up the picnic table and use the weight for shoulder presses.

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Thank you, mystery man, for letting me take your photo!

But the best part of the morning was my work out session with Kevin Bacon. Yes, Kevin and I did chin-ups together…well, maybe just one set. I was already done with my workout and about to pack up when Mr. Bacon stops by looking all incognito in his hat and sunglasses and starts doing some chin-ups. Well…maybe I can squeeze out a few more reps and stick around a little longer. Here’s how it went down:

Me: Excuse me?
Kevin Bacon: (just gives a look)
Me: May I jump in and do some chin-ups?
Kevin Bacon: (politely) Yeah, yeah. Sure
Me: Thank you. (proceeds to do pathetic chin-ups due to fatigue)

I TALKED TO KEVIN BACON AND HE TALKED TO ME!

WE WORKED OUT TOGETHER!

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I feel a little guilty about taking this sneaky photo.

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