Staff Health Challenge: The End of the Beginning
By Angie Romero | 07/07/2009 - 17:54

Well, kids. I’ve come to the end of my 90-day health challenge. At times it was hard, others it was damn near impossible to keep up. But somehow I did it, and for the most part, I’m proud of myself (I could’ve held out on those churros, but alas, you only live once). Not only have I gotten over the whole skinny fat girl trauma of not being able to wear sleeveless clothes, but I think I’m at a point where I can rock a bikini and feel comfortable (I did buy some new cute ones on my last trip to Rio).

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Staff Health Challenge: Here Comes the (Ripped) Bride
By Mariela Rosario | 07/03/2009 - 12:00

Holy moly, I'm getting hitched! My boyfriend of almost a decade (yup, you read that right, 10 whole years) recently proposed. I may have been motivated before, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING compares to how serious I am about getting my butt into shape now!

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Staff Health Challenge: Bad for the Body, Good for the Soul?
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/01/2009 - 16:45

Since I started this health challenge, I’ve been thinking a lot more about how food makes me feel. I’ve noticed which ones make me feel sick after I’m done and which ones take me straight to my happy place.

Isn’t it interesting how food has that instant ability to change your mood? I’ve realized that there are a couple of staples I turn to when I’m feeling blue and need a boost.

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Staff Health Challenge: Keeping Promises
By Angie Romero | 06/29/2009 - 13:05

While at home in Ecuador on vacation, my dad and I made a promise to each other: we are going to exercise regularly. Of course, I’m already doing that as part of the health challenge, but somehow making a promise to papi makes it all that more official—I can’t slack, especially since I know that he’s swimming his heart out three times a week for an hour.

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Staff Health Challenge: The Dinner Party
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/24/2009 - 14:15

I’m happy to say that Sunday’s fancy little dinner party was a success! But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely stressing the hours leading up to it.

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Staff Health Challenge: Meet The Magic Bullet
By Angie Romero | 06/22/2009 - 11:50

I'm not a sucker for appliances, especially those seen on TV that claim to do everything in seconds (I live in Manhattan, which means my kitchen is teeny, so I try not to clutter it with useless crap). But this is something I just had to get because it sounded like the coolest thing since the George Forman grill—and it is!

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Staff Health Challenge: Cooking 101
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/17/2009 - 15:05

I never learned how to cook like my mother: a pinch of this, a dash of that and somehow her sazón would come out perfect every single time. She can taste whatever is bubbling in the pot and know exactly what’s missing. Not me.

Growing up, I’d throw mini feminist rants saying, “I’m never becoming a stay-at-home mom to cook for a man!” It would only be fueled by my dad’s old-school claims that once I get married, my husband was going to bring me right back as soon as he learned that I couldn’t cook. “Well then I’ll marry a chef!” I’d say.

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Staff Health Challenge: My New Best Friend
By Angie Romero | 06/15/2009 - 13:20

Something my trainer Marc said a while back stuck with me: I need to stay “within my target heart range” while doing cardio. I always thought my body would just intuitively know where that was and choose to chill there, and that the more tired and sweaty I felt during a run, the better. But that is not the case. In fact, one needs to stay between 60 percent and 80 percent of the maximum your heart can beat (aka your maximum heart range)—no more, no less.

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Staff Health Challenge: Back on the Wagon
By Mariela Rosario | 06/12/2009 - 12:30

So the last two weeks in NYC have been absolutely miserable and I hate to admit it, but I've totally fallen off with my workouts! Luckily, its supposed to be sunny this weekend and I'm going to use the respite to get my butt back into motion by taking a run in the park. Even though I've managed to keep the weight off without my regular workout routine for the last two weeks, I really miss the way that keeping my body active made me feel—especially the extra energy and the strength I had begun to build.

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Working Out with Kettle Bells
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/11/2009 - 15:45

A kettle bell is a traditional Russian weight made from cast iron that kind of looks like a cannonball with a handle! They might look funny, but kettle bells can yield serious results. They help tone and strengthen muscles while burning fat, and they’re also great for cardio routines and working out your core. Just keep safety in mind: Start out slow with a light weight, until you learn how to use it properly. This means keeping your head aligned with your body, your shoulders back, chest forward and elbows and wrists straight. And don’t drop it on your foot!

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