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I got a letter a little while ago from a reader who, like you or me, needs a little nudge now and again to stay motivated and on track with the Oxygen lifestyle. I’m hoping that she enjoys our next Oxygen collector’s special, Fat Loss, on newsstands December 29. What a terrific way to start the new year! We’ve packed this issue with lots of great stuff, sure to kickstart your 2010 in the right direction. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes of our cover shoot with Kim Dolan-Leto – her comeback story is truly inspiring!
I’ll chat with you Monday! And thanks to Sherri for sending me this note….
“I’m 37, with three boys and married for 18 years. I just wanted to say your Off the Couch! issue was great – I actually got off the couch. I felt all the women in this issue were so real and strong – I actually turned this issue into a weight- loss bible complete with notes in the margins.”
Pick up Oxygen's next collectors special, Fat Loss – on newsstands December 29!
Monday, December 7, 2009
p.s. maybe I’ll send it to my friend as an early holiday gift!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
1. Boredom 53%
2. Stress at work 18%
3. Visual cues (like seeing junk food) 12%
4. Arguments with friends or family 12%
5. Long commutes 1%
Interesting stuff, to be sure. Look out for our next poll on my blog on Friday when I tell you about the next exciting Oxygen special collector’s issue.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
“I was always the one sitting on the couch reading my Oxygen mag, drinking my soda, eating some kind of junk and thinking I could never look like a model in your magazine. Well, after a few years of this, I finally got up off this couch and now have lost 22 pounds! I know I have a long road to go but I will get there. Here’s my tip: Start out slow. Start walking – even if it’s just one block a day. And change the way you eat! I now eat off a smaller plate, no longer drink seven or eight sodas every day and never take a second helping. Today, I jog and walk up to six miles a day. I love the journey I am on!”
I love hearing from you! Let me in on your story here.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I’m a curious person, I have to admit. I just had to know how some of the real women featured in Off the Couch! felt the moment they opened the pages of the magazine. Here’s what Genely Ventura, one of our success stories (see page 40), said from her home in Hawaii:
“I wanted to jump up and down at the store where I bought the magazine, but I didn't because I didn't want all the attention. But in my car, I literally jumped on my seat and squeaked!”
And when her husband saw it, he was impressed too. “He couldn't stop looking at my pictures,” Genely told us. “He said: ‘Wow, my wife is in a magazine! I have something to show off at work now.’ ”
Monday, November 16, 2009
As we face the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to encourage you to stay Off the Couch! by choosing good clean food, staying active with the family and getting in some rest. I’m learning, finally, the value of rest – of being good to myself and taking some time out of a busy schedule to connect with friends and family. Holidays can be a brutal time for your clean-eating and exercise regimen – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Think about modifying your routine, making better food choices and doing what I’ve finally learned to be invaluable to my health and fitness goals – sleep. Be good to yourself and everything else will follow.
Let me know how you’re doing to get ready for Thanksgiving – how about sharing a few of your favorite tips and strategies?
Friday, November 13, 2009
One of my favorite articles in the magazine is this one, a comprehensive guide to getting started on the Oxygen lifestyle of regular exercise and clean eating. And a major reason it works so well, I think, is because it’s packed with all kinds of information and inspirational tips...just perfect for the beginner! Plus, it’s because of you that we could add results from our reader’s poll. Flip to page 62 and you’ll see the reasons many of you got hooked into fitness.
Monday, November 9, 2009
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I've been training for more than eight years, and although I've maintained my weight, I feel like my muscles aren't as toned as I'd like. I'm 5'6" and weigh about 145 lb. I have a bad knee with bone on bone and it's difficult to work my leg muscles, but I'm getting there. How can I keep motivated to work out strong without thinking that I'm just not going to get where I want to be? I still feel good after a workout and I have a trainer to help with my knee while I await possible surgery, but I've lost my motivation.
I hate to admit it, but I am the least patient person when it comes to injuries...I just keep plowing along! But I learned a harsh lesson a few years ago when I sustained my first concussion – I kept trying to get back to my workouts but always had to stop, repeatedly, because I was simply trying too hard and moving too soon. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I know now to come back slowly and take my time after an injury. So, Karen, let me first tell you to seek medical advice. Then, do what I did when I was injured – be good to yourself and don’t rush back too quickly. Finally, read the real-life motivational stories in our Oxygen Collector's issue, Off the Couch! You'll get loads of inspiration, believe me! Motivation comes from within, ultimately, but reading inspirational stories of women from across the country just might help too! How else do you stay motivated? Let me know!
Note: In a previous blog posting, I told you all that you can buy Off the Couch! here if you don’t see it on stands in your city or town. What I didn't know is that that link only applies to our North American readers. Sorry! If you live overseas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy.
Friday, October 30, 2009
You never know what might happen at any cover shoot and this one with Amy was no different. Have a peek at this video and see why Amy had what it takes to land a cover for Oxygen's new collector's special Off the Couch! Motivation for Real Women. Get your issue HERE!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well, after a lot of trial and error, I’ve learned you need a detailed plan to get the results you want. Oxygen’s Off the Couch! cover gal Amy sheds some light on how to prepare for the gym workout ahead of time. Check out her success story featured in the current Oxygen collector's issue, Off the Couch! Motivation for Real Women.
Watch Amy's first tip here!
Friday, October 23, 2009
…..Thanks again for posting such great comments here at Oxygen’s “The Real Deal” blog. I love to read them! I’ll try to meet your needs to “snoop” behind-the-scenes as much as I can. Talk to you Monday!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
P.S. Here’s a letter I just got. Thanks so much for your kind words Susan! I wanted to let you all know that you can buy Off the Couch! here if you don’t see it on stands in your city or town.
Just a quick email to thank you for writing an inspiring blog. I’m really enjoying it and it’s helping me keep on track with my fitness and clean eating. Really looking forward to getting the collector’s issue – I’m hoping it will be available in Ireland. –Susan
Monday, October 12, 2009
In this first video, Amy gives us tip #1 on getting started—the scoop on what it was like for her and how she managed to start and stick with her fitness and weight loss plan.
If you like the one below, check out Amy's next tip here!
Friday, October 9, 2009
When it comes to weight loss and staying on track with your fitness and health goals, motivation is a key element – and that's why an entire section of our brand new collector's edition, Off the Couch!, is devoted to the topic of motivation.
Here's something that may help motivate you. While on the photo set for one of our feature spreads for Off the Couch!, model Fran Dennis showed us what motivates and inspires her to keep on track with her fitness and heath. Check it out!
Do you have something that motivates you too? Tell me about it in our comment section below or, better still, e-mail some photos of what inspires you to stay on track at "Have Your Say"
Monday, October 5, 2009
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Monday, September 28, 2009
ON-SET DURING THE PHOTO SHOOT AT THE OLYMPIA (from left, models Brooke Griffin and Kim Dolan stand with make-up and hair stylist Christine Copland, Stacy Kennedy and me, seated.)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
For more Volland pick up Oxygen's Off the Couch! Motivation for Real Women (On newsstands Oct. 6th).
Monday, September 21, 2009
Don't forget to read all about her amazing story in Off the Couch! Motivation for Real Women (On newsstands Oct 6).
Friday, September 18, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Ok, so there’s nothing I like more than spending time in a gym, moving from weights to machines and then back again. Early mornings, when it’s fairly empty, is actually my favorite time of day. And yet, I have to admit that when deadlines are crushing and my workload is intense, both workouts and eating patterns tend to disappear. As much as I want to stick to my regular patterns, there simply seems to be little time to do so.
So, I’m curious – how do you guys do it? What happens when life gets in the way? Send your tips to me – I’d love to know how to maintain my resolve! Please comment below!
Friday, September 4, 2009
In just a little over a month, you’ll be seeing our new Oxygen Special on Motivation, Off the Couch! (on stands Oct 6.). But just as a little teaser (and because we’re so excited about it), I thought I’d give you a glimpse of a behind the scenes peek at our cover model who appears on the cover with an amazing inside story of weight loss. She reveals how she did it – and literally transformed her life - in the issue. Also included are more than a dozen of your own flab-to-fit success stories, exclusive recipes and a newly revised, expanded version of our popular article “Drop 10 lbs in 21 Days”. Let me tell you, it was really difficult to choose the women to feature in this issue – all your stories were terrific! If you have any others, don’t hesitate to send them to me at Have Your Say….
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I have to tell you, it’s go go go at any photo shoot and our cover shoots for the Oxygen special issues are no exception. Here is our art director, Erin Smith, on the run at our most recent shoot for our upcoming special issue on motivation, Off the Couch! on sale in early October. I’d love, btw, to know any ways you stay on track that are a little uncommon – if you have any ideas, throw them my way!
Monday, August 24, 2009
BTW, those stories you’re sending me at Have Your Say are truly moving – keep sending them to me! I can’t get back to all of you but be assured I read every word and love to hear about each and every time you’ve fallen behind in your weight loss or fitness goals. After all, I’m like you – I need to get motivated by others!
Friday, August 21, 2009
On any photo shoot you have to go with the flow – flexibility and adaptability can make or break the success of it – and if it means checking photos on the camera itself right smack in the middle of a busy beach, that’s just what we do. And so, on a recent shoot for our upcoming special issue on Motivation, Off The Couch! the entire crew – including model Fran Dennis - spent a day at the beach. (And that’s me checking each photo taken by photographer Paul Buceta.)
Was it hot! But so worth it, as I’m sure you’ll agree when you see the issue, packed full of tips, recipes and inspirational stories. Fran was a trooper on this shoot, readily changing outfits on the fly and doing two routines for us and then wowing us all with some nifty gymnastic moves at the end of the day. Keep an eye out for the issue when it hits newsstands in early October!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sometimes we are just at the mercy of Mother Nature. Never was that fact more evident than this week at an outdoor shoot for our upcoming special, on stands in October (psst! You’re gonna love it!). After a few unforeseen technical difficulties, we had to re-schedule the shoot for a sunny day this week. We had the model, the photographer, his crew and all the props we needed. And so, as the shoot progressed at the gym here at RKPublishing (yes, we know we’re fortunate to be able to work out here as well as have a 24-hour place to shoot), we were looking forward to getting outside and shooting after lunch. Just as we went to pack up all the wardrobe, makeup, lights, etc., the skies opened and the rain began to fall. In great droves, I might add! Believe it or not, we waited half an hour and went to the outdoor location, wet grass and all. You’ll see the results of the shoot with model Vanda Hadarean and photographer Paul Buceta – I hope you’ll agree it was worth all the effort!
Friday, August 14, 2009
What’s your story? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me about it by filling out our online form and your story may run in an upcoming issue…
Monday, August 10, 2009
What are your tricks for staying on a budget? Let me know!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Here’s a sample of some of my favorite music above. And if you like, you can download some of our covergirls’ music picks here!
So...what makes you want to kick it up a notch in the gym? Any favorite tunes you’d like to share with me? I’d love to know!
Monday, August 3, 2009
I absolutely loved the photos of Maggie in her jeans and tank top in the Abs Special. The fitness clothes are great too, but it was very inspiring to see her in everyday clothes. It’s one more picture to hang on my fridge to keep me on the right track! Also, I found it a great help to see a sample of Fran's workout schedule as well as a typical day in her diet in the Fat Loss Special. I would really love to see you do that with every cover model in every issue. It really helps me get closer to my fitness goals.
Psssst! We always run our cover girls’ training routines and meal plans online! Check them out here!
I just bought the Abs Special graced with the beautiful Maggie D. I kept looking at her in those jeans! I almost forgot that I don’t walk around in my bikini and sportswear all day, and although I strive to have a bikini-worthy body, being sexy and feeling great in jeans or any other ensemble is what counts. The photos really pointed that out for me.
Friday, July 31, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
You see, swimsuit time is coming on fast so I grabbed the Six Minute Abs story in our new Abs Special and now I’m paying the price…but that’s ok, as long as it gets me to where I want to be next week (just don’t make me laugh).
Monday, July 13, 2009
Everyone has a good time to work out. When is yours? Do you also find that a good time to work out is in the morning? Does it work better for you?
Friday, July 10, 2009
GraceAnn wrote asking for a few exercise moves and guess what? Although you and I know that you can’t really isolate “upper” and “lower” abs, you can target various areas more than others depending on the angle or direction of the exercise. I know that once I started to do more than just crunches, my own abs training changed – new moves, for me, make me more excited about an area I often neglect. In our new Abs Special, we share some of these moves for creating a tight mid-section by training from assorted angles.
So, GraceAnn, and anyone else concerned about the “pooch” issue, my message to you is this – help is at hand! (And the best part of it is that many of these abs moves can be done anywhere – no equipment required!) The new Abs Special is on newsstands now (think of it as your own personal abs coach) – and then let me know what you think!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Check out this video below from our cover shoot with Maggie D and you’ll get a sense of what a real set of abs are. No photo edits on this gal! And how does she do it? She says, in her interview in the upcoming Abs Special (on sale tomorrow!), that she likes to mix up her routine and believe me when I say it works! I have to admit that abs are not my favorite body part to work and I’m often tempted to head to the showers early. But yesterday I tried out one of her more unique abs moves and today, I have to admit my abs are feeling it. (Better yet, I was so re-energized by doing abs a different way I didn’t head to the showers early!) I’m working out hard and sticking to my workout plan because of an imminent vacation – just a couple of weeks away. Follow me as I use a couple of the newer moves in the Abs Special to get me to my goal – flat abs. I’ll let you know how I’m doing on Friday. Can’t wait to hear from you!
p.s. Let me know what motivates you – take the poll on the right or simply send me a few words to email@example.com.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Welcome to my new blog! I know, I know…it’s Monday and it’s the real deal. Back to reality. Funny thing, but after a weekend packed full with events, I’m almost relieved to get back to a regular schedule. It’s the same way with my training – nothing, to my mind, can beat getting back into the sweet rhythm of lifting weights. In fact, our cover model Maggie D. says the same – she absolutely loves weights and changes her program up all the time. If you have a peek at her exclusive routine in our new Abs Special Issue (on sale July 7) you’ll see how she gets – and keeps – her amazing abs. (Pssst – I’ve actually incorporated one of her unique moves into my abs training and it’s keeping me motivated!)
This video clip below gives you a glimpse of what it’s like on set at the cover shoot with model Maggie D. and photographer Paul Buceta. Just press the play button and enjoy!
I need your help!
The next Oxygen Collector’s Special Issue is already in the planning stages and I need your input to make it great. Tell me how you got started in fitness – just take this poll on the side of my blog.
And if you have other reasons that I may have overlooked, let me know. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from readers like you. We’ll chat again next Monday. Have a great week. Can’t wait to hear from you!