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Here's the question from Laura:
I have been trying for years (at least 7 years now) to reach my fitness goals. I really need a get fit and eat healthy for dummies guide. I have some of Tosco Rena's books, I have Oxygen magazine, I have a gym membership. I exercise and then I get sick or something comes up and then I have a hard time getting back on track. I feel like such a failure. My clothes are tighter again, I'm stressed at work at home and having a hard time sleeping. Ugh. Please help!
Monday, December 6, 2010
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Monday, November 22, 2010
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
It makes me feel tremendously excited about the potential that lies in anything new - do you have any opportunity where you have to get out of your comfort zone and stretch a little? Scary, but exciting, yes?
Friday, November 19, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
"If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits!"
Send me your favorite quotes - would love to see them! Talk soon!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Here's her story:
About 10 years ago, I bought the house across the street from my parents. At that time, I started working out at a gym, hired a personal trainer, got in "tip top" shape, got certified myself and life went on. A few years later, my father had triple bi-pass heart surgery, and it put him out of commission for many months. The day I wallked into the hospital, I saw my father, hooked up to a breathing machine, with the body of a muscular and toned 30 year old. At the time he was almost 70. I watched him endure the pain of "not being able to workout" (it was his passion as it is mine) and have to start at the beginning to build himself back up. I watch my father every morning at 5:00 a.m. head out for his hour walk, I watch my father head off to the gym for his 3-4 days a week workout, and I know the pain he endures doing it (he has very bad back and leg problems) and to me...this man is my strength. So, it encourages me and drives me to get up, get at it and be the best that I can be. I"m lucky, it's in my blood.
Thanks for this bit, Amy! Is there anyone who motivates you? If so, why?
Monday, November 1, 2010
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Monday, October 11, 2010
1. What is it about the fitness industry that you love and why?
I love the fitness industry because it is full of like minded passionate people that LOVE health and fitness just like I do!
2. Why did you decide to compete in bikini after being in figure for so long?
I always had a hard time building muscle (especially in my legs). I was never the most muscular, lean or hard figure competitor. When bikini came around it just seemed like it would be a natural fit for me and my body type. I love the look of bikini!
3. How does your husband support your fit lifestyle?
My husband is IFBB Pro bodybuilder Peter Putnam. It's great being married to someone in the industry because we really support each other – we are each other's biggest cheerleader and fan. It's nice because we both know what the other is going through when we prep for a show, we can train and do cardio together and we each pitch in on cooking the food.
4. What do you love most about Olympia?
The Olympia is amazing...its definitely not just another show. It is the Superbowl of the fitness industry! I love it because you get to see all of your friends in one place and it is an honor to compete on the Olympia stage.
5. How has your nutritional diet changed from preparation between figure and bikini?
I still eat six to eight small meals a day. I just add a little bit more good carbs and fats in my diet. I can also do a cheat almost every week, but it is a pretty clean cheat! (Usually it is sushi:)
Friday, October 8, 2010
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Friday, October 1, 2010
How does it feel to be the Olympia Figure champion?
It’s a dream come true. It’s something that when I first got my pro card I wanted to achieve...it’s been about two years in the making and it feels really good.
Where you surprised?
I was surprised, but on the other hand it was something that I had been visualizing that I wanted so badly so it was like things were happening just as I had envisioned they would. But then it’s always a surprise when it actually happens.
Did you have any of your family or friends there to support you?
Yes, actually I had some friends from Tampa who came out, and my little sister was there, and my cousins and father were there.
Leading up to the competition, what elements were critical to getting yourself ready?
Getting myself ready physically is always the easy part, but I have to get myself ready mentally. And I had four second-place pro finishes leading up to the Olympia and it was just because I didn’t want to win badly enough, and I didn’t present myself with confidence. And I really worked on being more confident on stage and it seemed to pay off.
What tactics did you use to make yourself more confident on stage?
Just telling myself that I deserve to be there, that I put in the hard work, to thinking of something that would make me smile onstage to have a genuine smile, to just working on my walk and having my shoulders back and something that would show off my physique without coming across as just being fit. So just the little things.
What did you envision to make you smile when you were on stage?
I was thinking, it was kind of funny...I usually think of stuff that my sister and I do because we always laugh...right before I went on stage this time I was thinking about trading my old truck in for a new Camaro and how nice that would be driving down Bayshore with the windows down...it made me smile. I probably won’t get the car, but it was a nice thought.
Now that you have the highly coveted Olympia Figure title under your belt, what’s next?
I have several goals and I’m actually sitting here writing some down. My next goal is to be the next Figure International at the Arnold classic, I’d like to find a high jump pit so I can train and finally clear six feet, and with practice I know I can do it and it’s been one of my goals since I was eighteen years old, so I want to do that this year. Also, I want to do something good with the title and it’s going to give me a platform to be able to reach out and talk to girls about moderation and training properly and building self-confidence and really making a positive impact on the sport.
Are you taking a week off?
I started lifting yesterday – I took a week off before the show when I was getting ready so I had my break and I think I ate my body weight in sushi on Sunday night...so I figured I probably should start working out.
When is your next competition?
It will be the Arnold Classic, and that’s usually the first week of March.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
First of all, how do you feel? What does this placing mean to you?
I was on cloud nine and I'm definitely happy with my placing! I feel so happy that I set a goal of placing top five and I did it!! This placing makes me hungrier for the next shows and my goal for next year's Olympia is to be in the top three! Every year I have been able to improve and make changes to my physique allowing me to place better and better every year! It is such a great feeling to know that all my hard work in the gym is paying off!
Did you expect such a great result this year? What were your expectations and goals going into this event this weekend?
I don't expect anything from my shows as far as placing but I know that if I put full effort into my three months of training and keep a positive mindset that I can achieve anything. My goal going into the weekend was to be a first callout and place top five...and I did! Woo hoo!
Did you do anything different with your training and nutrition going into this event? If so, what did you switch up?
Going into the show, my training was a bit different with a major focus on my lower half. My biggest obstacle throughout my career has been my legs, so we really focused this past year on bringing them up to match my upper body. Also, I ate more carbs to fill me out as opposed to fats.
What were three things that led to your success this weekend?
1) NEVER GIVING UP
2) BEING CONSISTENT
3) POSITIVE MINDSET
What's next for you?
Next for me is Border States Pro Figure competition is San Diego...I won that show last year so I want to try to reclaim my title. If I do, this would be my fiffiveh Pro win of my career. Then after that, hopefully the Arnold...where I placed top 5 the last two years.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Last night marked the final of the Olympia, crowning Jay Cutler the title of Mr. O while one of my favorites, July 2010 Oxygen cover model, Erin Stern ousted reigning champ Nicole Wilkins Lee to take the title of Ms. Figure Olympia. Way to go Erin!
1. Erin Stern
2. Nicole Wilkins-Lee
3. Heather Mae French
5. Felicia Romero
6. Alicia Harris
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Felicia Romero joined us in Las Vegas for our cover tries only two days out from the big competition. We got the scoop on how she prepares for the event of the year...
What did you eat for breakfast two days out from the competition:
Today I ate 4 oz tilapia, 1/4 cup oats and 1 tbsp almond butter. I know it sounds yummy (haha!) but I don’t mix it all together!
For the day of the show I will eat a 4 oz piece of steak, 1/4 cup dry oats and 1 tbsp almond butter.
How do you prepare mentally for your events?
To prepare for the show I do a lot of visualization. I imagine myself on stage. I also listen to music that’s going to help me through my cardio – Kanye West’s “Stronger” for example!
Strangest thing you’ve seen backstage?
Strangest thing I’ve seen is girls taking shots of vodka before going up on stage. Wow I’m not a drinker and if I did that I would be stumbling on the stage, LOL!
Most embarrassing moment on stage?
Most embarrassing moment on stage is when I won my pro card at the NPC USA’s. I had a huge piece of hair sticking up from too much hairspray and it’s in all the pictures!
My proudest moment was placing top 5 at the Arnold two years in a row.
What are you goals going into the 2010 Olympia this year?
My goal is to be as confident as I can and I know that I gave my 110% going in. The rest is out of my hands!!!
Gaspari Nutrition's Ava Cowan was our last model of the day on Thursday and what an inspiration she was! She'll be at the Gaspari booth Friday and Saturday. We had the chance to ask her a few questions about her fit lifestyle.
How do you stay on track with fitness, especially when you’re not competing?
I think about just how easy it is to gain extra body fat and how hard it is to lose. That keeps me from going crazy with the treats.
Who inspires you the most?
Pauline Nordin – she is always in shape.
What is your most memorable moment on stage?
At my first show when I won the Overall at the 2005 Southern States. That was one of the best moments of my life.
What is your greatest strength in and out of the gym?
I never give up, no matter what.
This year, you’re not competing but you have commitments with your sponsor – what does that involve?
I go to local stores to educate others about Gasapri Nutrition. I shoot information content for the website. Along with video for GaspariTV. I make appearances at the large shows as well as photo shoots for Gaspari’s products and magazines.
You can find out more about Ava on her website here:
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Favorite thing about competing:
I love to compete against myself. Improving every show and evolving every show and evolving as an athlete is very fulfilling. I have met so many friends while competing and consider myself so fortunate to be in such an exciting, health-minded industry.
Winning my IFBB Pro Card in figure. As a Canadian there are only 2 shows a year where accomplishing this is possible and I love competing so much that turning pro was my next step/goal.
Who is your role model and why?
My mother. She is the editor of a newspaper and is raising my two adopted brothers at the same time. She is the hardest working and most supportive person I know.
What three things led to your success in fitness?
1. I really worked hard to promote myself as a fitness model, ambassador and athlete.
2. Not being afraid to approach industry people and sponsors and the like.
3. I love to work out, take care of myself, and spread the word that this is the best industry in the world! Enthusiasm is contagious!
Favorite thing to do when not training and why:
I love to hang out with my two adorable dogs – they have so much energy and so much love to give.
What are five things we may not know about you?
1. I can sneeze like Donald Duck
2. My new workout goal is perfecting handstand push-ups
3. I am a grammar fanatic…funner is a new word!
4. My day job is a team leader/senior advisor in HR
5. I can take down a large pizza all by myself.
You can find out more about Natalie Waples on her personal website here:
We're working our butts off in Las Vegas – shooting four cover tries today. Canadian Natalie Waples is one of the models that has been working hard today with us but we still have time to laugh and have fun! In between takes she took the time to answer a few questions for us which we'll post a little later today...stay tuned for her answers and behind-the-scenes galleries from the shoot today.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
It's pretty funny when we're on set at any photo shoot – it always sounds way more glamorous than what actually occurs. But it's always fun and we have a great crew! At a recent photo shoot, photographer Stewart Volland encouraged model Pauline Nordin to ham it up a little – and she did!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Let me know!
Have a great – and fit – weekend! We'll talk next week.
Friday, September 3, 2010
So here we are, Stacy Kennedy and me taking a break during a photo shoot – sometimes you just have to lighten up!!!!! And research shows that the happier you are, the healthier you are! This weekend, the last real one of the summer, try to take a break now and then and have some fun! You deserve it, you really do! I'll chat to you after the long weekend....talk soon!
Monday, August 30, 2010
At a recent photo shoot, we went (literally) underneath the Santa Monica pier to get the shot! Here is photographer Stewart Volland and his crew taking the perfect shot of fitness model Melissa Pittman. Sometimes you have to get wet to make sure you get the perfect shot – and that's what we did in LA!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I never realized how few calories I consume on a daily until I started keeping a food diary. I was trying to lose weight and hitting the gym frequently, however the weight just would not come off! After looking at my daily caloric intake I was shocked. Some days I consumed as little as 600 calories, not intentionally but simply based on my busy schedule. My average caloric intake was around 900. Obviously NOT ENOUGH for someone working out and trying to lose weight! This is a major problem and one that I believe more women suffer from but are probably unaware of how severe a problem this is.So why not pick up the September issue and let me know what you think!p.s. and here's an unabashed plug for my book, Pick it Kick it as yet another tool you should be using in your get-fit/stay-fit Oxygen lifestyle. You can buy it at pickitkickit.com
- Sarah D, oxygenmag.com/eatmore
Friday, August 20, 2010
Standing with me at our recent shoot at the beach (hey it's a tough job, no kidding!!!!!) is make-up and styling guru Nancy Jambazian, editor-in-chief of Oxygen Stacy Kennedy and model Melissa Pittman....what a great shoot!!! Look for Melissa's photo by Stewart Volland in our next Oxygen special issue Off the Couch! (when she splashed her leg she got me soaking wet!!!!!)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Gotta tell you, I love working with photographers – Paul Buceta, Robert Reiff, Cory Sorensen and many more! LA-based Stewart Volland is also a fave of ours here at Oxygen and so I tried (not very successfully, I admit) to take his picture shooting model Melissa Pittman at our most recent shoot – here it is!!!!!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Just back from the IDEA conference in LA and what an inspiration it was! Great to see Oxygen advisory board members presenting the latest research and exercise science - we all came back with tons of (gulp) ideas!!!!! I also wanted to thank you again for posting so many helpful ways you stay motivated - our next Oxygen special issue Off the Couch! Motivation for Real Women is on stands this fall and we've packed it with tons of motivating tips from real women like you! Stay tuned! p.s. here's a photo of model Melissa Pittman and me after working on the beach on our photo shoot following the conference! Pick up a copy - she's in it!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Anyone who's ever been on set for a photo or video shoot knows there is a lot of stand-around-and-wait-time for technicalities (mostly lighting) to be just so. To keep himself occupied on set, Beverly Hills 90210 alum (and most recently Mr. Megan Fox) Brian Austin Green enjoyed a peak at Oxygen's newest Glutes cover. Check out Green's reaction to cover girl Jamie Eason's tight and toned posterior.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Diana Chaloux's biceps are newsworthy, and we couldn't agree more. After being spotted in a biceps training feature in the August 2010 issue of Oxygen, reporters at Fox 4 News in Kansas City tracked down the fitness model to find out just what it takes to get those arms.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Oxygen columnist and fitness model Jamie Eason doesn't just spend her time in the gym – as you can see in this video, she loves to get outside and have fun! She reveals all about how she sculpts her own glutes in Oxygen's latest Glutes special issue that's on sale now!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Take a look at our Glutes photo shoot with Lindsay Kaye. It was her first ever Oxygen shoot and she did such a fantastic job with "Give Your Glutes a Lift!" on page 50 and "Take Inches Off Your Hips" on page 90. I can't believe the issue goes on sale next week!! You can pre-order it here or get it on newsstands Tuesday July 6th. p.s. Watch the video to hear Lindsay talk about her top three glutes moves. What are yours?
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A sneak peek at our newest Special Collector's issue, Glutes!
It's on sale July 6th! Get it here!
And btw, when I was chatting to you about training with The Eat-Clean Diet® team for the half-marathon, I forgot to say that all proceeds go towards battling diabetes.
Friday, June 18, 2010
We took a break at "Alice" in Central Park last week. A bunch of us at the office have decided to do a half-marathon in the fall! (See what happens when you go for a run in the park?) We've put together an Eat-Clean Diet team and we're going to start training next week. Would you like to join our team? The more the merrier! Register here and make sure to enter Eat-Clean Diet as your employer. It's the 2010 Toronto Marathon on October 17 (not the corporate event). See you there!!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Ok, so you think being a fitness model is all glam? Think again. On our cover shoot for the next Oxygen Collector's Issue, Glutes fitness model Jamie Eason was captured behind the scenes readying for her big moment! Nice look Jamie!!!!!!!!!
I'm in New York next week, so I'll catch up with all of you when I get back....keep fit and eat clean!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Just got off the phone with Abs cover gal Miryah Scott who told me she was looking at snow on her car in Calgary, Alberta – wow! They aren't kidding about the Great White North! This weekend, vow to get outside – even in snow shoes!!!! Turn off the television and, instead, go for a walk, a run or a hike. You'll not only sleep better (trust me!), you'll have more energy – no matter if you live in sunny climates or (argh) in snowy ones. Talk to you soon...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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I want to hear from you! Have strength training and clean eating transformed your body – and your life? Whether it's fat loss, muscle building or newfound tone, I want all the juicy details! Tell me your story for a chance to share your fit success and inspire other readers!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Talk to you later this week....send me your tips for a great butt, ok?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Talk to you later in the week!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I realize that you must constantly receive hundreds of messages on a day to day basis. Please just hear me out. I am 18 years old and currently live in Park City, Utah. My mom, Laurie, is a personal trainer out of her own gym. She took her class win and the overall win in her first figure competition around the age of 43. She is currently 46 years old, with 3 kids (27, 18 and 15) and still continues to strive for excellence in the fitness world. I understand that, because she is my mother, it's easy for me to talk highly of her achievements. However, I would be happy to e-mail pictures and information about her just to prove how much of an inspiration this woman is, not only as a mother, but also as an influence to be healthy and fit. She is my motivation every single day and I can't ask for anything more than having the editors of Oxygen read over my message and hopefully take an interest in getting to know her. She deserves this chance and I know she could motivate your readers as well.
Thank you for your time,
Monday, May 3, 2010
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Friday, April 23, 2010
Meet Oxygen's managing editor Samantha Israel who, as it happens, took home the top prize in last year's fitness challenge here at the office. She's at it again, working out frenetically and trying to get those abs to pop! "My abs are my fitness benchmark. When I can see two to four of them, I know my routine is up to par. When I'm all belly, it's time for more weighted declines, reverse crunches and bicycles," says Sam, also Clean Eating's managing editor. Here she is kayaking in Westchester, NY.
Monday, April 19, 2010
(Check out Oxygen's new Abs Special on newsstands now and let me know what you think!) Talk to you later this week!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
I've said this before but I truly believe women derive great inspiration from each other – especially when it comes to making major life changes. Take our Abs cover gal, Miryah Scott - in just a year she went from out of shape to getting a pro card! (Read her story in our new issue out this week!) So share your story! (who knows? you may read about yourself in an upcoming Oxygen Collector's Special!) Talk to you again later this week.
Friday, April 9, 2010
So here we are – Miryah (centre), our new cover model for the new Abs issue, just out this week, Erin (right) our art director, and yours truly, getting in a few laughs after a long day on set. I have to say it was an inspiring day! After getting Miryah to try on – and shoot her in a half dozen bathing suits – Miryah tried on a pair of her own jeans (that fit her like a glove, btw) and suddenly it worked! She relaxed into the moment. And that moment was caught by photographer Paul Buceta and became our cover shot! Confidence is truly magical! And isn't that true for all of us? You don't have to be a cover model to realize that being comfortable and feeling good in your own skin translates into confidence. And, maybe, just maybe, we should gain confidence not in wearing what we think we should – but in what we're comfortable in; what's good for us! But tell me – Is that true for you? Do you feel more confident when you're in your own jeans?
Monday, April 5, 2010
I have to tell you how happy I am with Oxygen's latest book, Pick it Kick it! Not only did I get to research all about nutrition and fat loss, but I learned all kinds of nifty facts pertinent to all of us struggling to find new ways to stay on the clean-eating and exercise track. For example, one of the facts in the book is this: Cutting down on fat and losing those pounds will save you money in the long run. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a 10% weight loss will reduce an overweight person's lifetime medical costs by $2,200–$5,300 . Yikes! If you don't need another reason to lose a few pounds, how about cheaper medical costs? Works for me!!!!!
p.s. There's tons of motivation and tips in the book. Buy it here!
p.p.s. The Abs special goes on sale tomorrow!!!!
Friday, April 2, 2010
p.s. Have a great weekend. I think I'm going to have to adopt Carla's adaptation of workout this weekend – looking forward to my next outdoor "play" out!!!!! Have fun and we'll chat next week.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
So excited to let all of you know about our upcoming Oxygen Collector's issue, Abs - we think it's better than ever! Not only is it packed with the great information you've come to expect from our magazines, we introduce a new face to you....cover model Miryah Scott from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. You'll read all about her and find out insider's training tips just by picking it up next month. It's on newsstands April 6! It's inspired me to incorporate some new ways to do abs (and I have to admit that all too often I leave 'em to the end of my workout). Check it out and then let me know what you think....anytime!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Here are two of our favorite booth workers, models Rachel Davis and Brooke Griffin, still perky after a long day at the Arnold. I can't tell you how much i enjoyed working with all the models and chatting to everyone about Oxygen and the Special issues - everyone has such a positive attitude! (must be all that exercise and clean eating!). I hope that you are still on track with whatever plan you have to exercise regularly and eat clean: it's easy to beat yourself up about it. My daughter, Kate, who I just had lunch with today spoke the truth when she said what impresses her most about the mag is its feeling of "sisterhood". So, sisters in iron, stay tough - hang in there and have a great - and active - weekend!
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Back to the grind on Monday. See you then.
Monday, January 18, 2010
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Monday, January 11, 2010
I want to hear from you! Have strength training and clean eating transformed your body – and your life? Whether it's fat loss, muscle building or newfound tone, I want all the juicy details! Tell me your story for a chance to share your fit success and inspire other readers!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Happy New Year! I had to share a pic of me in New York recently – baby, was it cold outside! In fact, I bought this hat just off Times Square just to keep the heat in (you know, of course, that about 30% of your body heat escapes through your head, so hats are a necessity, especially during the cold snaps all over the States this year)...So please remember to wear a hat during your outdoor training runs or walks – it's a brand new year and the time has come to work off all the holiday excess! Have you picked up our new Oxygen Collector's Special yet? It's on newsstands now and will jumpstart your new year's fitness resolutions (promise). Let me know what you think...just get in touch anytime!