Come join #TheSweatPack

#TheSweatPack

2016 is in full swing at Nerd in the City and Lean Girl’s Club. We are determined to make this year count for more than just 12 sheets of pretty calendar paper!! This is THE ONE! I say that every year. Because every year it’s true. Every new year is a chance to make it. And this one is no exception. Exciting things are happening for me in 2016 and I hope they are for you as well. The moral of the story is that life is moving forward. It doesn’t stop because we aren’t ready for what’s coming around the corner.

We can either jump on board or get bumped and bruised from trying to fight the flow. Trust me, I’ve been on the bumps and bruises side of life. I fought for love that wasn’t right for me. I fought to leave New York, when New York wasn’t quite done with me, and then I fought to stay there long after it was. I’ve fought against jobs that were right for me and for friendships that were wrong. I wish I was a quick learner, but when it comes to making the “right” choices, it takes time. And if someone is telling you that it’s easy…they don’t know what they’re talking about! No one has it easy.

That’s why it’s so important to reset every year. Give yourself a chance to start fresh. If you gained weight (like I have) forgive yourself and move on. If you lost a job, accept the change and move on. If you lost a love, find a place for them in your heart and move on. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

If fitness is an area that you have been struggling with (like I have) please join Grace from Lean Girl’s Club and me over on Instagram for our 2016 fitness challenges. Every Monday we’ll be starting something new. Last week Grace and I were all about the stairs.

She took the stairs,
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I took the stairs…

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and some of you took the stairs too…

Taking the Stairs Fitness Challenge Blog Collaboration Lean + Nerd
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This week we are jumping rope. So Step 1: Get yourself a jump rope and then show us what you got. We’ll be doing this challenge all week, so there’s plenty of time to jump in! (See what I did there!!) 😉
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Welcome to #TheSweatPack

I love fitness! I really do. I love the feel of straining dormant muscles (most especially dormant after the holidays.) I love taking classes at Soul Cycle and Title Boxing Club (where I am a member.) I love running by the lake in my neighborhood and lifting weights and jumping rope. I love to feel like I’ve pushed myself, truly pushed myself outside of my box and past my limits. The limits I set in my head. The ones that tell me that I can’t go any further or that I’m never gonna be good enough. Some days those limits win out…but most days I kick those limits in the ass!

#TheSweatPack running

My last blog post was about the tone of my New Year. I’m going to be living this year with a freedom that can only come when those limits are abandoned completely. Is there something that’s holding you back from working out or asking for a promotion or jumping out of a plane? Live Free!! What’s the alternative?

Maybe this doesn’t sound particularly nerdy to you. And if The Big Bang Theory is to be believed, then nerds don’t really choose to sweat much (unless they’re running away from bullies.)

But guess what…I’m a nerd! A BIG ONE (this much you already know.) I love fashion and Firefly. I love music and Marvel. I love sports and Star Wars. I don’t fit into the “normal” nerdy categories and stereotypes that are out there. Never have. That includes the stereotype that nerds aren’t sporty. I just have to beg to differ. Or beg for that stereotype to be buried once and for all. Because I believe that when it comes to nerdom…there is no “normal.”

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So, I’m partnering with the lovely Grace Kelle of Lean Girl’s Club and we are kicking the New Year off with some serious sweat!

Frankie had Deano…Emilio Estevez had Judd Nelson…and me? I have Gracie. No, we don’t live in the same city anymore. She’s still living that big city life up in the Apple and I’m beachin’ it up down in the F-L. But when it comes to #TheSweatPack, distance is only a number!

Liz Tailor and Grace Kelle are #TheSweatLPack

You’re wondering where you come in? Well, the beauty of #TheSweatPack is that it’s open to all. Come join Gracie: @leangirlsclub and me: @nerdinthesand over on Instagram and jump into our weekly challenges. It could be 1 picture a week, it could be 7 or 17 (if you’re the overachieving kind!) Wherever you are in your Sweat Pack journey, we want to meet you there!

Listen, if I can do it so can you! And probably way better than me anyways. So show us your sweat. Let it shine! Get up, get moving and get out of that little box!

This week #TheSweatPack is… taking The Stairs!!!

#TheSweatPack taking the stairs Instagram challenge

Thursday Giveaway

Beauty Mark Pen by Absolute NY

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Today’s Thursday Giveaway is from Absolute NY. It’s a temporary star tattoo stamp for your skin. I like to place them next to my eyes, but they can really go anywhere you’d like!

If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of my web series, Click Here and take a look at my New Year’s Eve look. Incorporating this Beauty Mark pen.

Thanks to Grace Kelle of Lean Girl’s Club for introducing this product to me!!

Enter to win: Comment below with your New Year’s resolution. Or your word for the year, if you do that instead. Winner will be chosen next Thursday. And there will be another brand new Thursday Giveaway, so make sure to check back then.

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Love,

Liz Tailor

Congratulations to Gabriella @noiremenarie on winning last week’s Thursday Giveaway: the Harley Quinn/ Joker earrings from Etsy shop Wensishop.com. Make sure to email your mailing address to liztailor481@gmail.com and I will send those out to you as soon as possible! Thank you for entering!

Fitness and Friends

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Last night I was invited by Grace Kelle from Lean Girl’s Club to Under Armour’s fashion week event and campaign unveiling at the Hudson Mercantile rooftop.

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We were generously provided with Under Armour gear from sports bra to shoes so we’d be equipped for the workout that awaited us up on the roof. By providing each girl with a unique styling of products, the event quickly became a fashion show of Under Armour’s product line, which is fun and fits many different body types. 

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Our workout began at 6:30 led by Natalie Uhling from NUFIT. And did she ever kick our asses into gear! 10 mins into the workout and we were all pouring buckets of sweat. But there could not have been a more lovely night for this event. With a gorgeous sunset as the back drop to Natalie’s soul baring, high intensity workout, I have to say… it made me work a little harder. She incorporated a mixture of cardio, boxing, basketball drills and toning. And today I feel every muscle God put in my body and it feels good!

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After that Under Armour debuted their new campaign starring the powerful and beautiful Gisele Bundchen. Take a look at it here.

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By then we had earned the cocktails and appetizers provided. And we all had a chance to mingle and meet other bloggers. I had the privilege to meet Sam Emrich from Catching Dragonfly, Patranila from The Patranila Project, Jen from Deesse Magazine, La Petite Blog, Abiola Abrams from Sacred Bombshell Living and Evann Clingan from her blog and we all broke out into a lovely impromptu dance party!

The best part is Under Armour is striving towards ethically produced and sustainable products. One of the principles they claim to stand on is integrity with a commitment to creating a product that is made without the use of slave labor, child labor or harsh working conditions. Additionally they use recycled plastic in the production of some of their products and also have started a line of Green Armour as well. Their code of conduct can be found here.

All in all it was an amazing night of sweat, food, friends and empowerment! Thanks to Grace for bringing me along and thanks to Under Armour for providing such a wonderful fashion week experience!

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