The SELF Workout in the Park Was Really Fun! (giveaway)

We are trying this again. Our first winner never responded, so the new winner is #11 Stephanie. Congratulations! Email me your address and t shirt size and Self will send your prize right out.

While I was lamenting the fact that I couldn’t go to Fitbloggin with the rest of my Sisterhood writers, I was given the opportunity for an amazing alternative. Christy asked if I wanted to cover the SELF Magazine Workout in the Park event in Chicago. I jumped at the chance.

I boarded the 7:52 train with my daughter and a good friend and we were off to the big city. I was so excited. It was my first real press event for Shrinking Jeans. I had my camera and a notebook and was ready for anything.

We walked to Grant Park/Butler Field from the train station. It was only five or six blocks away. We walked through Millenium Park to get there. We saw the Bean and lots of beautiful flowers and artwork. The weather kept threatening rain, but it stayed dry all day.

My first hang up came when my name wasn’t on the VIP/Press list at the gate. The lady was very nice. When I showed her my emails (luckily I had the presence of mind to print them and bring them with) from the SELF rep and the PR firm, she gave us wrist bands and sent us on our way. From there, we waited in line for what seemed like forever.

They finally let us in and it was awesome. So many people and vendors and everywhere you looked there was swag to be had. There were special workouts that you had to sign up for and there were workouts that were going on all the time on the main stage. We signed up for a Pilates Fusion class and the Reebok Tighten and Tone class. We also did several of the main stage workouts.

We listened to Alison Sweeney talk about working out and being healthy. She also talked about the Biggest Loser finale. She was as normal as the girl next door. She didn’t act like a celebrity at all. She was out there with us working out. She didn’t care who talked to her or who took her picture. She was just another girl working out in the park. She was awesome.

Now comes my second hang up. My daughter decided to do a super intense workout and that was my cue to head to the VIP tent for my interview. I show them my wristband and they let me right in. I tell them why I’m there and nobody has a clue what I am talking about. Once again, I pull out the emails and give them my contact names and they start trying to figure it out. They ask if I would like to meet Alison Sweeney while I wait. OMG!!!! Yes, I would, thank you very much. I hadn’t planned on this, so I start thinking in hyperdrive. What can I ask her? How much time do I have? Do I have food in my teeth? OMG!!!

Alison Sweeney is one of the nicest people I have ever met. I just had a quick minute with her, but she was so nice. She said she loves doing things like this. She enjoys meeting real people who are just trying to be healthy. She has a new book out called The Mommy Diet. She was awesome!

I have just met Alison Sweeney and then everything is worked out for my interview and I get to meet Yung Moon. Yung is an associate publisher at SELF in marketing and creative services. She was very helpful in explaining about the ins and outs of an event like Workout in the Park.

I asked her how they came up with the concept for the event. She said they want their readers to be happy in the real world. To be happy and healthy and to have fun ways to do that. They wanted to provide an outdoor community for women (and a few men) to come together and feel good in the fresh air. She said she thinks that an outdoor workout like this promotes motivation and high energy.

I asked her how long it takes to plan such a large scale event like this. Yung said that it literally takes a full year. They will take a week or so off and then start the whole process over. They will go over what worked and what didn’t and start getting their sponsors in place.

I asked Yung if it was hard to get sponsors easily in this economy. She said the economy is coming back. She thinks that one of the few things you can control is your health and fitness. As long as people are looking for a happy healthy lifestyle, sponsors will be available to help make that goal a reality.

Yung calls herself a “brand evangelist”. She said she totally believes in the brands. She said that if you set a goal and work from the inside out, you can totally achieve that goal. The brands are there to help you in that process. She said if you take one step at a time, your goals are certainly attainable.

Lastly, I asked Yung if she was willing to sponsor a giveaway for our Shrinking Jeans readers. Lucky for you, she said absolutely. She is going to give one of our readers a one year subscription to SELF magazine and a Workout in the Park t-shirt. Just leave me a comment and tell me what your summer fitness goals are and you’ll be entered.

My first press gig for Shrinking Jeans was more than I ever hoped for. I had a few snags, but they all worked out. I want to thank Christy for asking me to go. It was a totally awesome day.

Did I mention that I even got my picture taken with Alison Sweeney?

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  • http://smartstrongsexy.blogspot.com Brooke F

    yeah Nancy!! :)

    i’m focusing on weight this summer -that way i can stay in the air-conditioned gym!

  • http://smartstrongsexy.blogspot.com Brooke F

    yeah Nancy!! :)

    i’m focusing on weight this summer -that way i can stay in the air-conditioned gym!

  • Anonymous

    What an awesome day for you! I love working out outside although now where I live that’s mostly limited to walking and running.  My goals for the summer to complete the galloway half-marathon training so I can run the Zooma-Atlanta half in November :)

  • Anonymous

    What an awesome day for you! I love working out outside although now where I live that’s mostly limited to walking and running.  My goals for the summer to complete the galloway half-marathon training so I can run the Zooma-Atlanta half in November :)

  • Anonymous

    Looks like you had a fabulous day!

    After my half marathon next weekend I’m switching my focus to weight loss.  I seem to not be able to focus on weight loss and race training at the same time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nickicaylor nicki caylor

    awesome article Nancy !!!!! I LOVE SELF magazine and wish I still received it. Their aritcles are great and very helpful.

    My goal for this summer is to increase my running speed and efficency. I would like to spend the summer training to reach my goal of a 4 hr Marathon and to achieve this injury free. As you know I have been plagued with injusries since the begining of the year and it is from carelessness and over training.  I am also focusing on lowering my body fat percetage vs my weight as I know it is more important over all for my heart healthy lifestyle and maintaining lean muscle mass. I use to get caught up on what I weighed in my early 20′s and I realize now the inches and percentages are better indicators.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!! What a great day you had Nancy!! Great picture of you and Allison, too!
    My fitness goals for the summer are to continue to work on the weight loss and maintain a healthy perspective on the eating habits…workout hard and eat right for my body type. By doing this I should be able to drop a significant amount of weight by the end of the summer, right??

  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Nancy, it looks and sounds like you had an amazing time!! I am so glad you were able to go to SELF’s Workout in the Park and enjoy it so much :) WOOT for meeting Alison Sweeney, too. WOW!!

  • http://fallingoutofplace.blogspot.com susan

    That looks like so much fun, how awesome!!! This summer I am going to work on improving my 5K time so that the one I have scheduled in the fall will give me a bit more confidence to aim for something a little higher.  I also want to try some different exercises classes at the gym – at least 1 new one every week. 

  • Anonymous

    How fun!

    My summer goal is to work on my running speed – and not die from the heat in the process!

  • Mary P.

    How do you spell jealous?! M-A-R-Y! : ) Great job, Nancy!! I admire you for keeping your cool!  Thanks for the excellent recap! My goals for this summer are to do a 5k in June, July and Aug and Sept. to continue on my mission for one 5k per month in 2011!

  • http://www.whereverimaywander.com Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

    Sounds like you had an awesome time, Nancy! EXCITING!!!

  • http://www.adventuresinbabywearing.com/ Stephanie Precourt

    Nancy, this is so exciting! I am so thrilled for you to have that opportunity!

    My summer fitness goals are in full swing. I do pilates or yoga in the morning and night. Yesterday was the only day I missed, but I don’t plan to miss again. Then mid-day I plan to be as active as possible!

    Steph

    • Nancy

      Hey Steph…you are the new winner.  Please send me your address and t shirt size and I’ll send them off to Self magazine.  Congratulations!

      • http://www.adventuresinbabywearing.com/ Stephanie Precourt

        Wow thanks, Nancy! I’ll email you!

  • Colleenzo

    Sounds like a blast! My fitness goals this summer are to just keep it  up, be outside as much as possible biking, kayaking, and playing, and to have fun!

  • Colleenzo

    Sounds like a blast! My fitness goals this summer are to just keep it  up, be outside as much as possible biking, kayaking, and playing, and to have fun!

  • http://shepdogg.blogspot.com/ Tirah

    Great Job Nancy! That is very exciting.
     
    My summer plans are to build up muscles and lots of yoga. I also want to ride my bike a lot more but with all this rain we’ve been having I still need to wait for that.

  • Anonymous

    That’s so cool!
    My fitness goals are to improve my running endurance and to do a 5k in august.

  • Anonymous

    How cool is that!  My biggest goal is to run a 10 minute mile as I train for my next race in the fall.

  • Beki

    That looks like so much fun! I love Allison too!

    My summer fitness goals include training for my 1st sub 1 hour 10k, another half marathon & tough mudder. Yikes!

    • Nancy

      Winner winner chicken dinner girlfriend!  Please email me your address and t shirt size.

    • Nancy

      Sorry Beki.  When you didn’t reply, we had to pick a new winner.

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  • http://www.whatbenwore.wordpress.com/ Lisa

    Just found this blog. I’m going to the event this year in NYC and really looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing your experience in your city!