PRAISE YOU (or ME)…Like I Should!

WERQ ITSELF PIMPIN’

I don’t speak enough about myself in my life. My blog is my space to share with you what I’m thinking, feeling, as well new things I’m doing in the arena of health and fitness. I was approached by a writer for FITMAPPED to be interviewed for one of their blogs. This is after being featured in an article in Well + Good last week. I realized that I’m so unwilling to share about my successes that I don’t even have a PRESS page on my OWN WEBSITE! Hello, that says something.

IF YOU BUILD IT, IT WILL COME!

I FINALLY created my PRESS PAGE. You can see all that I’ve done. I’m a top fitness instructor in New York City and despite my education in athletic training, I’ve only been working full time in the industry for 4 years. This is my life’s passion and I know it’s what I’ve come to do. I never thought that sharing my health and weight loss story would shift so many lives and inspire others to share their stories, but it has. I get emails daily asking how I did it, what was my moment and asking for help. My clients have lost thousands of pounds and it all began when I opened up and was willing to share my own story.

YOU ARE THE EXAMPLE

I encourage you that NO MATTER WHAT you’re going through; a break up, a medical issue,   challenges in your job, weight loss to share your story. It will not only free you from the “you’re the only one” feeling to perhaps shifting you to being someone’s hero. YOU my friends have a story to share. What’s your story? I invite you to share it with me below or email it on over!

xxx

D
YOU ARE FIERCE!

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Oh SNAP, Here’s the Deal!

gingersnapHERE GOES

If you know me, you know that I’m a VERY bad cleanser. I have every excuse in the book to not do ’em or follow through. Here are some of my favorite “reasons” for not starting, cheating & quitting; “I’ve worked out SOooo much today!”, “I’m STARVING!!!”, “I feel sick, I MUST need to eat something!”, “I have a headache.”, “How can I possibly teach when I’m this friggin’ hungry?” Those are just a few of my go tos to get me off track.

NOT NO MO’

Today I’m on Day 3 of a 3 day cleanse from Gingersnap’s Organics. I’ve made it through like a champ (well, if champions mildly complain about being hungry)! I walked Dakota over to 7th Street between 1st and A to pick up a Green Shake mid-morning from GO. I got to chat with Omar, one of the amazing peeps that work at GO, and he said it’s the freshest and cleanest kitchens he’s ever worked in (including his home kitchen). I have to say that you can taste it and feel the goodness. I don’t know it’s a Greek thing, but one of the greatest compliments my mom ever gives about food is that it’s “So Fresh” and that’s the way I feel, FRESH!

Gingersnap'sFO’ REAL

Yes, I was hungry yesterday, but it was only for a hot minute and I made it through. I went to bed wanting to eat, but I wasn’t really hungry and I didn’t cheat. I woke up this morning and felt awesome! I hopped on the scale thinking I feel great, but not SO much lighter and BAM I’ve lost 5lbs in 2 days! WHAT? Yeah, it’s crazy, I KNOW!  Believe me, I’m psyched that the pounds are falling off, but even more excited that I’m feelin’ so good.

I’m going to continue my “cleanse” aka new way of eating next week with 4 days of the Raw GO cleanse (it’s all gluten free, raw & organic). Next week more of my clients will be joining me, if you’re interested or have questions you can hit up the Gingersnap’s Organic Website!

Happy & Healthy Eating!

x

D

YOU’RE WICKED FIERCE!

Monday UPDATE (on Tuesday)

P90X WOOF

I use woof, not to sound like a dog, but as a descriptive to what these P90X workouts are like. I have to say they’re totally doable, but finding time in my crazy workout schedule has been challenging. I’ve done the Shoulders and Arms, Plyo, Core Synergistics, Chest and Back and I supplemented my YogaX workout with an AMAZING Paddle Diva SUP Yoga workout on Sunday (you’re allowed to supplement the yoga class and being on vacay it was TOTALLY the right choice. Perfect day and perfect recovery workout, that is perfect if your maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even using natural supplements as patriot power greens.
By the way, If you’re looking for a good supplement made from chitosan and chitin, you can read more at dietagem.com | quitoplan emagrece e bula. The only certainty is that this kind of supplement is here to stay!

HOW I FEEL

I LOVE taking time for me. This program is making me realize that I NEED to remember to take time for ME to workout. I teach, prep to teach and workout for others, but it’s not the same as challenging myself to be my best physically. I’m loving my workouts and the Shakeology Shakes.

WANNA JOIN ME?!

If you want to join me on this journey (or if you wanna wait to see how I do) you can order P90X, Shakeology, or any of the Beach Body products (Insanity, Brazil Butt etc.) HERE. And you know you can always hit me up with any questions!

STAY TUNED

I will be starting a challenge group for P90X on September 1st…mark your calendars…details to follow shortly!

Lots of Love to ALL Ya’ll!

xxx

D

I CAN SEE YOU GETTIN’ FIERCE!

Cool as a Cuke, HUH? Here’s Why…10 Benefits of the CUCUMBER

Basket FULL o Cukes!A Greek Fave

I know, I’m Greek and we do love a cuke. A Fo’ REAL Greek salad (like if you got one in Greece) is only cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olive oil and maybe some fresh herbs sprinkled a top. I add cucumber to my AM green juice to “smooth” out the taste, but I always thought of it as “just a filler” with little health benefit… WRONG! Below are 10 benefits of using cukes in your diet and in your life!

  1. Vitamin B – Cukes contain loads of Vitamin B which helps maintain your nerve and red blood cells health. Vit B is also crucial in converting carbs to glucose in the body which is how our bodies create energy. YAY!
  2. Hydration – Cucumbers are 95% water, keeping the body hydrated (you KNOW how I feel about hydration) while helping the body eliminate toxins.
  3. Skin & Hair – The skin of the cucumber can be used for our own skin irritations and sunburns. Place a slice over puffy eyes (like you’re in the spa), its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. Also, the silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth. Mash up a cucumber (in a Cuisinart is best) and use the mash to rub onto your hair and scalp. You can leave for 20 minutes then rinse out.
  4. Cancer fighters – Cucumbers contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol; lignans that have been proven in research studies with reduced risk of several cancer including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
  5. Vitamin C – By leaving the skin on (a medium size cuke) you get up to 10% of your daily recommended Vitamin C.
  6. Bad Breath (Eww) –  The phytochemcials in cukes kill bacteria responsible for causing bad breath. Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds,
  7. Hungover? No More! – To avoid a morning hangover (hurts so bad these days!) eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache. (HINT: forego that “last” drink of the night…you REALLY don’t need it)
  8. WEIGHTLOSS – Cukes are low calories and high water content…an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Also, eating cucumbers daily can remedy chronic constipation.
  9. Diabetes, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the pancreatic cells for producing insulin which research has proven to help diabetics. Thanks to more research, scientists found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber which effectively regulate blood pressure (GOOD for hight and low pressure).
  10. Joint Health – We gotta keep you moving for a LONG time and cucumbers contain an excellent source of silica, known to promote joint health by strengthening connective tissues.

Cuke WaterWHO KNEW?

Loads of good stuff in these little green numbers…go to your farmers market to day and grab a few. Chop ’em, put ’em in your water, chew on ’em before you hit the gym or go to bed and know you’re fillin’ up and losin’ weight!

HAPPY MONDAY!
xxxD

YOU ARE FIERCE!

I’m starting a COUNTDOWN 2CABO  …24 DAYS!

BIG STUFF THIS WEEK

Revolve Instructor Photo: DyanWERD UP, I’M PUTTIN’ THE WORD OUT!

SO, you know I work at REVOLVE, right (I’ve been talking about since we opened 3 months ago)? Well, we just got voted BEST SPIN STUDIO by NEW YORK MAGAZINE!

This week I’ll be subbing a few EXTRA hot classes for the amazing KIRA STOKES! Check out my full REVOLVE schedule this week below. If you’ve never been to the studio check it out fo’ FREE! Go to REVOLVEFITNESS.COMset up a profile, select “buy one ride” and when you check out enter “DYANGETFIERCE12” in the coupon box.

WEEK OF MARCH 4TH – 10TH

MONDAY: 5:30PM BODY RIDE

TUESDAY: 7:30PM RIP RIDE (60 MIN)

WEDNESDAY: 8:30PM SPECIAL RIP RAP RIDE BROOKLYN VS QUEENS HIP HOP

FRIDAY: 6AM REAL RIDE, 7AM BODY RIDE, 12:30PM REAL RIDE

SATURDAY: 10:30AM RIP RIDE

SUNDAY: 9:30AM BODY RIDE & 10:30AM REAL RIDE

ONE MORE THING..

March is comin’ in like a very FIERCE LION, but it’s said to leave like a LAMB. I’m counting on that old saying for my OUTDOOR Training Camps that are starting Saturday, March 23rd! If you are sick of running on a treadmill and need a change of pace from your weekly workout, I know you’ll love this.  Check out the details below and more MORE INFO CLICK AWAY!

THE DETAILS
Camp will be starting Saturday, March 23rd running through Saturday, April 20th. Sessions will max out at 12 people.

WHEN: Saturdays, March 23rd – April 20th, 2013 (5 sessions)

TIME: 9:30 – 10:30AM

WHERE:  Pier 46, NYC

HOW MUCH: $169.00

See you sweatin’…VERY SOON!

xxx

D
YOU ARE FIERCE!

ELEVEN DAYS: Only 3 More Ways!

I Can Barely Stand It!

BEST LIFE EVER!I don’t know if I have the words to share how excited I am to turn 35! I know it seems so silly. It’s not 18, 21…there’s no specified BIG thing that happens now in life, I just have a REALLY good feeling about this year (honestly about every day)! I’m giddy! I woke up (at 5AM) today and as I was brushing my teeth I did a little “I’m almost 35” dance!

Now, I have 3 more days to post 3 more ways that I’m continuing my quest to live my FIERCEST LIFE. I’m 1/3 into this game of Life (cuz I plan on being 105) and I’ve learned SO much. especially in the last 5 years. I’m committing to being my BEST me starting NOW. Today with things that I will actually DO daily (some weekly) for the next 70 years! I’m sharing the steps I’m takin’ to get there with you, one each day until my 35th birthday next Friday. Today is day #9. (Check out DAY 1DAY 2 DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5, DAY 6, 7 & 8 for other game changers.)

I have to say I LOVE this ONE! I’ve been doing it nearly MOST days already, but on the days I switch it up I just don’t feel as good, SO I’m adding it to my list of FIERCE life things to do EVERY day!!!

GREEN JUICE#9: I AM GREEN: Startin’ my day with a fresh pressed green juice.

WHY?

  1. HEALTH: Drinking FRESH and WHOLE foods will start my day super charged with vitamins and minerals.
  2. JOY: When I drink my juice it makes me happy and makes me feel really strong. It inspires me to eat EXTRA healthfully all day long.
  3. LOVE: Sharing in the love if you want to join me I LOVE the following juice; kale, spinach, lemon, parsley, apple & cucumber. You can add ginger if you like (I know all of the benefits, but it’s really just not for me.)

DAY 9: I will start my day (after I drink my coffee…I’m not super human!) with a green juice.

Wanna join me? This is a GREAT one and not just for adults. This juice is a CRAZY color, it’s sweet; kids LOVE it. I started out as an Upper East Side nanny when I first moved to the city. When I go visit the kids we go out for “juice”…green juice! At first they thought Nanny Dyani was crazy (as usual), but now they drink ’em a few times a week when I’m not there…they like it! Share it with your family. FIERCENESS is a family affair.

xxx

D

YOUAH WICKED FEAHCE! (Hometown style)

ELEVEN DAYS: 5th Way!

GETTIN’ BETTER EVERY DAY! 

BEST LIFE EVER!I have SEVEN days to post 7 more ways that I’m continuing my quest to live my FIERCEST LIFE. I’ve been telling you (over and over again) that I plan on being 105 years old! I wanna be a be FIERCE granny with all my wits about me! I’m committing to being my BEST me starting NOW! I’m sharing the steps I’m takin’ to get there with you, one each day until my 35th birthday next Friday. Today is # 5. (Check out DAY 1DAY 2 DAY 3 & DAY 4 for other game changers.)

#4: I AM SWEET ENOUGH! Goin’ SUGAR FREE!

WHY?

  1. HEALTH: I truly believe that sugar is el diablo. Even knowing that, the effects on the body (READ HERE) I STILL find myself going to the occasional cookie for comfort…YUP, I DO! I totally enjoy a cookie, cake and other sweet treats, but without fail after I eat whatever “goodie” I’ve only moments before enjoyed I feel totally crappy; tired, listless, thirsty. You might think that I have some form of hypogycemia, but i’m just in tune with my bod and know that it doesn’t do well or feel good with this processed demon.
  2. LOVE: I love me some fresh fruit! I’ll be satisfying my sweet cravings with berries, grapefruit, bananas…REAL food!
  3. DONE: I think I really only need two reasons for this one. Sometimes the facts speak for themselves.

Teaspoon of sugarDAY 5: SWEEET FREE I am goin’ SUGA free. No processed sugar. I’m EXCITED!!!

xxx

D

WE ARE FIERCE!