Teamwork and working out with your team

10 Jan

Hey Squad,

If you watched  any TV over the holidays you must have seen the commercials the Peloton bike. I have been a real cheerleader for the brand and happy to continue as one.

The studio experience really blows you away.  Its like going to a concert, the music is loud, the lighting is dramatic and the star AKA instructor is a great performer. The pace is too much to sing but you can definitely ride with the beat.

Our team took the ride like a BOSS.  Our group  had  a newbie (Christina) a dark horse (Ben) a jackrabbit (Sean) a victim of a tech disaster (Peter) and eye candy (Shaunna).  Below is the before picture.

The crew rode proudly as the ride ended with high fives all around.  We could have stayed around for a back stage experience with Jess King the instructor but the commute home beckoned. Ben and I even had enough in the tank to sprint for the train at Grand Central. ( from the cab ! LOL)

Working out with co workers is tricky for some people.  I am a believer that as a team goes thru an experience like physical activities they bond on a level that enhances team performance.  The competition is a level field and we tend to be much freer with the encouragement and the congratulations.

This team is awesome and inspiring to me and the whole agency.


If you want to try a class, the first one is only $20.00 and they provide shoes, water ( 2 bottles!) and towels.

Cheerfully yours,


Love equals new running shoes

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

I think today is a great day to just be alive and even if you aren’t in a relationship that fills your love bucket, you can celebrate the community we all live in and thank each other for being there.

THANK YOU! and I love you all.

In a traditional sense, my valentine and I spent the day seeing a great movie Deadpool.  Hilarious and definitely not for the pre teen set.  We went to the mall and I was gifted with the best valentine. New sneakers.  LOVE.

Is there anything that says LOVE to you?

Here is a list of some of the things I am loving lately related to fitness

  1. Apple watch- I love how its so interconnected with my apps and my email.  It makes working out during lunch a lot easier when I can see whats going on in between reps
  2. Myfitnesspal- That app works! If you put all the info in, you can definitely see what you are eating too much of and how to make changes.  I am currently only sharing my diary with my trainer, but if you want to hook up and be accountability partners, message me at phyllis825
  3. IYFYM- or whatever it is.  Is the macro diet tracking and helps you work harder to get the result you need. I learned I was eating way too few calories to shred and tone like I wanted to.  Its hard for me, since I am from the old school idea of less calories means weight loss.  I am learning a lot (finally)
  4. Peloton bike- this has been a stress lifesaver.  I can’t say enough about the quality of classes and the community.

So, now that I am back to blogging, look forward to hearing more from me.

Cheerfully yours,



Two loops down!

08 Aug

Hey squad,

Today was another long run and there was definite progress for me. I returned to Central Park to take on those hills again.  I was able to hang on for the first loop pretty well. This is a big improvement from two weeks ago. Miles 7-12 were a challenge, I took on Harlem Hill and made it up for a second time but by the time I hit Cat hill, I had to walk a bit.

I run the park again on Aug 16, and my goal is to push it to 15 miles and feel comfortable until mile 10. The spinning classes really help, especially riding with lots of resistance and keep up my cadence.

After my run, I did a quick change ( thank you New York Road Runner HQ ) and we ran a couple of errands in the city.  I am usually not phased by the heat in the subway, but today standing on the platform really got to me. Dehydrated? I was much better after lunch. Chuck and I remembered that the last time I had covered 12 miles, we were in Paris. We ate lunch in a nice French Bistro and the omelette and the glass of wine, hit the spot.

A special shout out to my race Sherpa – Chuck . He met me at mile 10 with a banana and cool water. How did he know my calves were burning and I was out of water? He gives up his Saturday to drive over an hour each way to hang around the park while I run.  (He is currently sidelined due to a case of runners knee.) He always coaches me to keep going,even when I want to stop but don’t really want to.

Thank you so much!!!