Category Archives: New York

The 2013 Healthgrades Reports Women Need to Lean In

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Healthgrades. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

According to Healthgrades, when we approach our health and the care we receive, we need to lean in, ask questions, investigate options and take charge of our healthcare futures. “Lean In”, the theme of this year’s report, builds on the popularity of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook’s, best-selling book.

Our arrival in New York from New Zealand was delayed due to paperwork at the US government level. I arrived in New York 6 and a half months pregnant and my search for an OBGYN in a new country, with a healthcare system foreign to me was not easy. No one wanted to take me on, that late in the pregnancy I was considered a risk.

As I reached 32 weeks, I  remember breaking down in tears on the phone with one receptionist. My first born was 3.5 weeks early and doctors in New Zealand told me their was a 95% likelihood that this one would come early too – the clock was ticking and I was at risk of going into labor and having a complete stranger deliver my baby. This was scary and also stark contrast to my first delivery which was an all natural delivery in a hospital with a midwife I’d had a relationship with since the 12th week of my pregnancy.

It was at that point that thankfully I discovered Healthgrades online. I was able to search on a variety of values, such as region, doctor’s qualifications and background as well as star ratings from other moms. I tracked down a doctor that had a gentle approach to obstetrics and I ultimately my wishes were maintained at the labor. 



Show How You Break A Sweat and Enter to Win

Join me in doing a 180

Hello, lovely readers! I have been sharing lots of tidbits and tales on how I am staying active, and in the meantime losing weight. Well, here is your chance to  share your tales by entering the Shaklee 180™ Break A Sweat Photo Contest ending this Friday, June 28.

Shaklee 180™ in partnership with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak want to see how you break a sweat in your busy day.

Upload a photo of you getting sweaty and you can win:

  • Harley’s The Body Reset Diet Book
  • Limited Edition pair of New Balance Harley Pasterna 997 kicks (sweet!)

Now I’m partial to kicks and I could definitely use some healthy diet tricks from a celeb trainer, so I’m going to enter with this picture below. Whaddya think? If you want the deets on why I’m doing Bikram yoga in Times Square, head over here.

Triangle pose in Times Square for Summer Solstice

To enter the contest, pictures must be uploaded by June 28.

And since you can’t vote for yourself, if you want to vote for me, just go here: http://woobox.com/vnd2e2/vote/for/843487

Check out the Shaklee 180™ page on Facebook for more details and to enter.

Now go get your sweat on!

disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post, but as a Shaklee 180™ Blogger, I was given information about this Contest and chose to post about it.



Summer Solstice with Mind Over Madness Bikram in Times Square

How’s everyone’s summer going so far? I know, I know it has only been 2 days. I can’t help but feel that they have been a glorious 2 days though. The weather has been great – hot, breezy and not too much humidity. It is the weekend and I took a day off work on Friday (Summer Solstice) and headed to the Crossroads of the Worlds, better known as Times Square! Mr BAM was on Summer Friday so I signed us both up for a Bikram Yoga class smack in the middle of Times Square. It was phenomenal! I mean if you can find peace and focus in Times Square, then you can find it anywhere.

Preparing for mind over madness Bikram Yoga in Times Square

Back in 2005, I discovered Bikram Yoga at a Women’s Expo when I was living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The woman at the booth was offering  a one week pass, come as many times as you wanted for one week for $12, normally that was the cost of one class. Somehow she convinced me with her talk of the medical benefits, weight loss and natural facial (I came to realize this last one was true – my face always glowed when I did Bikram!). My husband was going away on business that week, and I thought what the hey, I’d give it a try! I did 3 classes that week, slept like a baby each time, loss weight and was hooked.

My husband noticed the difference when he returned (yes, after one week!) and though it took a few months, he eventually came to classes with me. I ended up being a fantical Bikram yogi, turning several friends onto the practice and continuing to practice just shy of 2 months before Mr P’s due date of October 31, 2007. I did a few classes after his birth, but have never ben able to get back into the same groove. With classes lasting 90 minutes, plus final savasana “corpse pose” (final relaxation) of 5 or so minutes, plus showering time, that is 2 hours plus that I have had a hard time finding since kids. 



A Family Walk Through Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO

On a sunny weekend day when I am looking to relax,  you will easily find me and the family heading either 15 minutes south to the Beach or 15 minutes North to DUMBO. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This artistically charming neighborhood in Brooklyn is home to some of the city’s most famed artists and fashion designers as well as pizza at Grimaldi’s, the amazing Jane’s Carousel housed within the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the weekly outdoor food fest known as Smorgasburg and the decadent home of Jacques Torres Chocolate.

DUMBO is also clearly a great vantage point to catch some of the best views back into Manhattan from between the larger than life Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

Can you see the One World Trade Center in the background?



Epic Movie Screening with Pitbull {Video}

Pitbull aka Mr Worldwide aka the voice of Bufo from the movie Epic and Me!

– Image courtesy of fellow blogger Jenn at Momma D and Da Boyz

I was lucky enough to be transported to the magical land of tiny people who live in the forest at a screening of Epic thanks to The Moms. Armando “Pitbull” Pérez was on hand to introduce the movie, talk about living your dreams and to tell all the kids in the audience to listen to their moms!



Eating the Italian Way with Rocco DiSpirito at #FitBlogNYC

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the invite-only #FitBlogNYC at the Mercedes Club in Manhattan. The event was put on by FITNESS Magazine, the only magazine I religiously devour in a bath when it arrives on my doorstep every month. I was lucky to have been able to sit in on conversations from sone of today’s great trainers, doctors and Chefs! I also had the opportunity to demo beverages, health food and apparel, yet I was under no obligation to write anything. I am sharing this post as hearing Rocco Dispirito speak was entertaining and engaging and in fact I will share more posts about the event soon!

Outside on a gorgeous day on the Mercedes Club rooftop listening to Chef Rocco Dispirito

Rocco Dispirito has what my high school religion teacher called a “proselytizing spirit” – meaning he can convert you into doing just about anything, kinda like a cult leader. This is a Chef that took his craft back home to Italy so that he could cook with the “mamas” and understand old Italian traditions as well as adapt them to a healthy lifestyle. His conversation with FITNESS Editor Pam O’Brien was frank and to the point with some new-to-me food ideas that I can’t wait to put into practice. One of the golden nuggets he shared was this: