Pause/Play: Join us this Saturday, December 13th!

Did you make it to Pause/Play: Saturday Afternoons at the 14th Street Y last month?

If not, there’s another opportunity this Saturday, December 13th, 2:00-6:00PM.  Though each Saturday has a different menu of items, each experience is designed to help you connect, play and refresh, depending on what you, or any member of your group or family most want to do. All ages!  Keep in mind that though the 14th Street Y always has great programs for kids and families, this month we’ve got some specialty items especially for adults!  Included this Saturday will be Acro Yoga with Thai Massage, Community Discussions, Meditation, and  “Why do Jews Love Whiskey?”  A tasting by Dan Friedman–though as with all Y programs you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it! (Remember, Babysitting is available all afternoon if you need it.)

See our full schedule for this Saturday here.

Pause/Play is FREE for Members.  Tickets for General Public are available here!

Below, check out a few highlights from last month.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

Photo Credit- Bridget Badore

Your friendly greeters!  (striped shirt optional)
Your friendly greeters! (striped shirt optional)
Making our own pickles with LABA artist Shawn Shafner
Making our own pickles with LABA artist Shawn Shafner
Photograph by Bridget Badore
Amichi Lau-Lavie leads a discussion on a Digital Sabatical.
Kids love GAGA! (the fun of dodgeball without the pain)
Kids love GAGA! (the fun of dodgeball without the pain)
(kids really love GAGA)
(kids really love GAGA)
Parents and toddlers sing and play together.
Parents and toddlers sing and play together.
(it was a big crowd)
(it was a big crowd)
Photograph by Bridget Badore
Storytime with PJ Library came right before….
PLAY in the 4th floor playroom!
PLAY in the 4th floor playroom!
Kids did Martial Arts,
Kids did Martial Arts,
bonded over making pizzas
bonded over making pizzas,
played basketball with their family,
played basketball with their family,
made beautiful art,
made beautiful art,
And had snacks in the lobby from Colson  Patisserie.
And had snacks in the lobby from Colson Patisserie.

The 14th Street Y is Marching in the People’s Climate March. Join Us!

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
To change everything, we need everyone on board.

It has not been easy to watch, hear, or read about the world lately.

 

And wondering, “what can I do?”  has fewer and fewer answers.

Here is something you can do.  

Here is a tangible way to participate in the conversation, the work and the demand for action.  

Here is a way to move mountains one step at a time.

 

Join your friends, your family, your neighbors , your community, faith based groups, and many, many more  in the  People’s Climate March.

 

Sign up here to march with the 14th Street Y.  

 

Read more at PeoplesClimate.org

 

 

 

To change everything, we need everyone on board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Reasons I’m Keeping My Gym Membership

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I seriously love summer.  I’m spending every minute, (even the ones where I truly feel hot and gross) being thankful that I’m not hunched against the stupid winter wind trying to get indoors as quickly as possible.

 

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Summer brings out more and more runners, bikers, circuit trainers and yoga classes in the park, and I love seeing this when I take my kids out into the long summer weekends.  And I sometimes think about maybe giving up my gym membership in the summer and just spending all my fitness time outside.  But then I think about it again and realize that I really want to keep it.  And here’s why.

 

I like lifting heavy things. I always thought that being a smaller and rounder female body type I shouldn’t lift heavy things, but rather lighter things, and do many repetitions.  And that’s okay.  But lately, I’ve been lifting HEAVY weights with less repetition.  I’m training more like a superhero and getting stronger than I’ve ever been.  I’ve been inspired by Jeannine Trimboli, someone of my own age and body type who’s training for a powerlifting competition and her results are amazing.  Check her out, get inspired, and come attack the max rack after I do.

 

 

Routine.  In the past year I’ve finally got back into a healthy way of living.  The way I did it was by slowly establishing healthy habits that are now…habitual.  For me, that means working out at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days per week, and an hour or more on Saturday and Sunday.  Sound lofty?  It did to me too before it became my life, something I enjoy, and a way to set and challenge new goals for myself.  Part of my routine is walking into the gym, seeing the same people, using the same equipment, and having an iced coffee on the way home at the same place.  I don’t want to lose that.  I like it.

 

A cool place to be. No matter how much I love summer I have to admit that one of the sweetest things is walking into air-conditioned comfort when the sun is especially….friendly.  I get a lot more out of my workout when I can begin the elliptical warm up from a neutral temperature and work my way up to sweating through the rest of it.  Plus the pool is amazing.  As a parent, I really appreciate family swim as an option.  As I swim with my kids, we cool off and burn off just enough energy to have a restful summer evening.

 

Stone cold fear.   Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I find the best way to avoid living in fear of suddenly gaining back 15 pounds overnight is to keep doing what I’m doing.  Going to the gym makes me feel happy because I’m doing something selfishly, beautifully for myself that just happens to positively affect those around me.  I am SO MUCH HAPPIER when I get dressed in the morning without worrying about which pants will give me the muffin top.   And though most people around me couldn’t care less about if I have a muffin top or not, a happier me makes those around me happier too.   That’s probably the best reason of all!

 

-Camille Diamond; Director of Community Engagement and Communications, and 14th Street Y Member

 

 

 

Living in the State of Slim

“Camille? You know,  every woman needs an amazing pair of jeans.  Let me pull one for you.”

Over the December Holiday break I was in my home town shopping with a dear high school friend.  She took me to a clothing store where they ask you your name, what you’re looking for, quickly analyze your body type with a flutter of their eyes and immediately hunt down a few perfect outfits. (The store also gives your kids animal cookies and counts huge bathrooms as part of their real estate, and no this store does not exist in NYC).

They brought me a pair of jeggings.  I laughed at them.  More on that later.

6 months earlier than this,  I had been  puzzled by the fit of my clothes.  They felt weird.  Not tight, the way I normally experienced weight gain, but weird.  So I decided to pay a visit to the scale, which I had avoided for a complete year.

I found that in the time of my scale avoidance I had slowly put on 10 pounds.  And I wasn’t exactly at my ideal weight the last time I visited the scale, which is why I probably declined to visit it for a full year. My first step, after crying a little, was to recommit to healthy habits like working out at least 4 times a week, and track what I ate.  At first it worked.  In the first 6 weeks I lost about 5 pounds, which was great.

But then I hit a plateu.  A big one.  I didn’t lose any weight for 8 weeks, despite the exercising and the tracking.  It was getting exhausting too.  Not the exercising so much…I actually was enjoying that part.  But I was so tired of paying so much attention to what I ate.  I would much prefer to live my life rather than obsess about food, and it was starting to drive me crazy.

Can you relate?  If so, you might want to think about joining us at the Y on Monday nights, 6:30PM to learn about the State of Slim.  Because just as I was ready to throw in the towel and disappear into a box of cookies I learned about this new book and program, The State of Slim, or “The Colorado Diet”.  It whispered a phrase I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire lifetime to hear…”You can fix your inflexible metabolism”.   Before I learned exactly what I would need to do to fix the inflexible metabolism that I’d struggled with my entire life (first diet at the age of 8, anyone?) I read about the science behind the State of Slim, the inspirational way to build great habits, the connection between MY LIFE’S PURPOSE and my healthiest, happiest self.  That’s pretty heady stuff for a diet book.

Which is to say of course, that it’s truly not a diet. It is a plan for restructuring the way I approach and think about  my life.   I have lost a total of 15 pounds since that first weigh in, and have maintained that loss for 4 months, with very little struggle.  I have learned to eat, exercise and be active in ways  that I enjoy, that add to the quality of my life, that help me set a positive example for my children, and that help me fulfill my life’s purpose.

Again.  Pretty heady stuff for a diet book.

To learn more about the State of Slim, please visit their website at www.stateofslim.com; Get the book, check out their facebook page, or come to our State of Slim group on Monday nights to hear what it’s all about.

I might wear the jeggings that I bought that day in December.  They really did know what they were talking about.

 

 

Camille Diamond is the Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the 14th Street  Y.

  Jeggings are leggings that are also jeans.

 

 

From Elvis to The East Village

At the 14th Street Y, we like to offer fitness experiences that are fun, energetic, and addictive.  

Because you don’t always have time to try all the classes that interest you, we offer additional fitness intensives every month to give you a chance to try something different.  In April (this Saturday, in fact!) we’re excited to offer NIA, a great combination of energy, dance, flexibility and strength training that also happens to be very, very fun.  Especially when it’s taught by Yvonne!

 

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1.  How did you get into Nia?
I was waiting to take a Body Sculpt class at a Fitness Club and was amazed to see the members dancing like no-one was watching. Being a dancer, I knew that class was for me. And so…byebye Body Sculpt.

 

2.  What do you love about teaching Nia?

I love teaching the Joy of Movement. (Nia motto) and spreading the joy through dance arts, martial arts and healing arts.

 

3.  What do you find special about teaching at the 14th Street Y?

I find the members of the 14th Street Y a uniquely joyful bunch. I sense them anticipating the fun of the routine we’re going to share every Tuesday. I can see them thinking…’wonder what she’s going to teach us tonight?’

 

4.  Is there anything you would say to people who may be interested in trying NIA but haven’t yet?

I have much to say to people who may be interested in trying Nia but haven’t yet. First, many people say to me, they can’t dance and have two left feet. I say to them, come in and bring both your left feet! I tell them, Nia means, No Inhibitions Allowed and to leave their inhibitions at the door. There’s no right or wrong. I encourage them to move ‘their body’s way’ I am there for guidance. “Life’s a Dance You Learn As You go…sometimes you lead…sometimes you follow…That’s my slogan. 

 

5. I heard you had a hip surgery and that you were back to teach very quickly. Tell me more. I had a hip replacement in December. Osteoarthritis. Dance was not the issue. I was given the okay to teach 4 weeks later by my doctor. And so I did. I recovered quickly because I was in good physical condition from the get-go. Also have taken good care of my health throughout my life.

 

6. You had a brush with Elvis, yes? I danced in 2 films with Elvis. ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ and ‘Roustabout”. I did not date him. I dated his cousin. I became a professional dancer when I was 18. I lived in Hollywood, CA and was very lucky to work constantly during those years. I danced/acted in films, on television, in night clubs and musical theatre. I was fortunate to be cast with a group of entertainers by USO and traveled to Europe, and Southeast Asia, landing in Vietnam just after the bombing of Pleiku. I am also an award-winning playwright and have written a play about the journey to Vietnam. At 76, I will continue to ‘dance through life’.

 

Yvonne teaches NIA   every Tuesday night at 6:15pm at the 14th Street Y.

Roxy’s Clean Slate (in 8)

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This past weekend my worst fear was realized. Tim Haft, the 14th Street Y’s beloved Punk Rope instructor and fitness enthusiast emailed my weight and body fat percentage to a group of strangers. The fact that I gave him permission to do this beforehand did not make it any less torturous, as I have spent most of my life going to great lengths to hide and avoid these numbers. It took me several days to decide whether I would share these numbers here as well, but finally my feminist self convinced my vain and insecure self that women like me should not be shamed into hiding our weights and our bodies by a culture that places increased value on diminishing sizes. I have never been small, but I have been healthier than I am right now, and this blog is the beginning of my trip back to a healthier body, or as Tim would say, a body that works.

 

At the first session of our start of the Clean Slate in 8 group (one week ago), I weighed 171 lbs, with a body fat percentage of 30. Over the course of the last week I followed Tim’s advice and the suggestions of some of my fellow clean-eaters, making small but impactful changes to my diet.

 

  • I added fresh fruit and vegetables to every meal, and a lot of them.

  • I chose to “eat clean” (eating whole, unprocessed foods) 80% of the time,while allowing myself a little wiggle room the other 20% .

  • I ate slowly, without the distraction of a TV, computer or handheld device.

  • I observed how different type of foods affected my mood, energy level and digestive health.

  • I tried to limit less clean foods to reasonable portions.

 

  • I did not count calories.

  • I did not cut out favorite foods altogether.

  • I did not change my normal exercise routine.

 

One week later, at our second session, I am weighing in at 167 lbs, and my body fat percentage has gone down to a little less than 28%.

 

A few years ago I wrote this blog about my first stab at weight loss. At that point i was 28, and it came to me easily. Now at 30, I have less time to work out, due to the adorable new addition to my family, pictured above (yes, I am talking about a dog, not a child). For the remaining 7 weeks of the Clean Slate program, you can follow my progress here, as I try to get back to the weight, and more importantly, the healthy mindset I was at when I wrote that first blog. Wish me luck!

Roxanne Lane is the Communications Manager for the 14th Street Y.  Her dog’s name is Puppy.