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BodyMedia, Me and the Surprisingly Friendly Calorie Matrix

I am a calorie-tracking god. Physical exertion and side dishes alike reveal themselves to me in a silent stream of numbers. Think Neo in the Matrix. What is the source of my power? The nice people at BodyMedia sent me a magical arm band device that tracks everything but my shoe size: my caloric output, steps taken, sleep efficiency, and activity level. Move over Fitbit. 

I’ve been wearing this jobby for about a month, and I’m addicted. Yes, people ask me if there is something wrong with me. They see the monitor and assume I have an ailment. It has been suggested that I wear it on my ankle, but then I’m pretty sure people will assume I’m Lindsay Lohan. 

Once a day I reluctantly take the armband off and plug it into my computer where the data it loads my data onto the BodyMedia website. (The site also allows you to log food intake, so you can balance your calorie budget.) Full disclosure, I have yet to reach the 2,685 caloric output goal the system sets for me, but I have been amazed by how many calories I burn by just existing. Who knew? In fact, the most striking feature of the whole techno getup is that it has made me MORE mellow about my exercise and food, and not turned me into a raving calorie-counting stress case. Based on the data, (accurate to 90%), I can eat a whole lot more and still be within a "losing zone." Love that. Other important things I have learned: 

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Early Promising Word on Bar Method Soho

Soho Mom filed the report to my voicemail just before 8 A.M.: "The place was packed at 6:30 A.M.," she said. "My thighs are shaking." I listened with cheek glued to mattress, bleary eyed from last glass of wine at Y@GL afterparty, but sorted out that she was talking about the recently opened Bar Method® studio in Soho, (which opening was duly noted by SW readers way back in April). My sense was that this was a positive review: "It's that Lotte Berk thing," she said. "The studio is gorgeous. And so is the teacher."

Amy and Kristin (Via <a href="http://blog.barmethod.com">Bar Method Blog</a>.)
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DietGirl Falls in Love with Zumba DVD Girl

Zumba: The middlebrow dance workout you hate to love — but you go anyway because, well, it's dance, and it's sexy, and because you might end up in a Rockettes-style chorus line with ten complete strangers while listening to Ricky Martin. These are priceless moments in this cold world, even if the workout is not exactly Cross Fit grade. On the surface, Zumba the $60 "Total Body Transformation System DVD Set" would seem a poor idea. Rockettes-style chorus-lines-of-one in cramped urban apartments are to be avoided. As are toylike green handweights meant to be shaken like maracas. However, FYI DVD lovers, savvy Brit-blogger DietGirl has posted a lengthy and generally positive review of the Transformation Set, and she says the DVDs are "great," though with one caveat: The teachers are annoyingly hot....

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Carol J. Danced My Ass Off

Decided I was going to make my exercising life easy this week by hitting up a dance class. Specifically, Crunch's new Dance Your Ass Off (DYAO) which they designed cross-media style to compliment Oxygen Network’s new reality weight loss/dance show Dance Your Ass Off. It's a TV brand extension, for god's sake, how hard could it be? (Clearly, I hadn't paid close enough attention to certain workout posts around here.) Anyway, I figured I’d be on my way with a box step or two, a few grapevines, and no need for a shower. At the start, our instructor Carol asked if everyone had water. I looked around like “Uh, Carol, I don’t need no stinkin’ water.”

I’m an idiot. I needed water, and, after, a shower and a bed. This is not Jazzercise people. DYAO with Carol is non-stop moving for 60-minutes. I’d tell you how many calories I burned, but I was jumping around so much my heart rate monitor slipped out of place. I left drenched in sweat.

DYAO (Via <a href="http://tightknitsweats.com">Tightknitsweats.com</a>.)

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The Little Studio That Could (and Does)

In a non-descript office building in midtown Manhattan, steps away from Carnegie Hall and Joseph Pilates' orginal NYC headquarters, lies the teeny studio of Sarah Kate Young, otherwise known as Sky. Forget about Tracy Anderson, I consider Sky the quintessential trainer for the New York Woman. (Or at least the Midtown Woman.) She doesn't train any celebrities, or have a video or book deal, or even advertise. She does have a devoted clientele of editors, literary agents and TV producers, for whom she offers one-on-one Pilates, group yoga classes, and all-around body-awareness sessions. 

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