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9 Places You Can Workout Next to a Celebrity in LA, New York, and Chicago

OMG! It’s really them! That moment you realize you’ve identified a celebrity in the wild, out amongst mere mortals, living “just like us,” can be rather thrilling. For those who live in LA or NYC, it’s all too common to dine next to the hottest faces and grocery shop elbow to elbow with leading ladies, but for people in the other 48 states, running in to a celebrity on vacation is one of the souvenirs you hope to collect.

If you’re planning an active vacation this summer, hit these workout hot spots and you’re likely to sweat right alongside an OMG-moment-worthy celeb.

Picture or it didn’t happen, your friends will say after your excited tweet. But should you even let them know you know it’s them?

“When I see celebs in the gym, I think it’s poor personal etiquette to approach them during their workout,” advised Dan Flores, RTSm, a master personal trainer based in New York City. “I value my personal gym time and would hate to be interrupted. I would approach them after they were finished and on their way out of the gym.”

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Central Park is no stranger to the rich and famous; in fact, it’s practically their cardio playground. Free to enter, take your morning run to one of the most famous landmarks in the world and you’re sure to spot a name or two worth bragging about. Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, and Gwyneth Paltrow are on the extremely short list of A-listers you’ll run or down-dog along with!

The Mark Hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness facility that rivals any gym getting your membership fees. Book your stay here, and your workout may coincide with that of Oprah, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, and even dignitaries like the President of France! (more…)

Reverend Al Sharpton Released from the Prison of His Own Body after 170 Pound Weight Loss

In an all encompassing interview about his life, airing this Sunday on OWN, with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, the Reverend Al Sharpton discussed his substantial weight loss. The civil rights leader, who’s always been a fierce orator, decided to become just as passionate about his health as he was with his beliefs. After a max weight of 305 pounds left him feeling like a “prisoner in my own body,” Sharpton has since lost nearly 170 pounds.

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The 135-pound Sharpton once coupled his larger than life sermons with an equally boisterous body. While his physique can now be best described as shockingly petite, he’s still a spitfire in the pulpit. His come-to-the-scale moment happened when he realized the contradictions involved in preaching self-control while he overate and lived a lethargic lifestyle. He told Oprah, “We can’t preach community control when we aren’t practicing self-control.”

So, how did the good reverend do it? Simple portion control and exercise. He swapped platefuls of fried chicken for whole grains and salads and exercises on a cardio bicycle everyday. “You live seven days a week, that means you should exercise seven days a week,” he told Oprah. (more…)

20 Celebrity Men and Women Who Practice Meditation in Hollywood

When we think of alone time, we often picture ourselves shopping without chasing children, having a quiet pedicure, or simply lying in the bathtub uninterrupted. For some truly quality alone time, you don’t have to go much further than inside your own mind. Meditation is a contemplative state where by you silently remove yourself from the physical and the present to reflect, increase clarity, and find a more serene or deeper state of consciousness.

It’s an ancient practice, often associated with yoga, that’s becoming increasingly popular in our scattered, harried, pressure-cooked society. Business professionals use it to decompress after a tough meeting or even find their center before heading in to the bull pen. Men and women alike use meditation to strengthen their minds, reduce stress, and even attain that “me time” that is so necessary.


It’s something Julia Roberts’ character in Eat Pray Love grappled with during the pray portion of her journey at an Indian ashram. But in real life, celebrities are embracing it seemingly with ease for a vast many reasons.

For instance, Richard Gere says a meditation practice helps him to stay grounded amongst the excess of Hollywood life. Eva Mendes credits meditation for helping her mine her best creativity, according to Well and Good. And Gisele Bundchen, who delivered her second child at home this month, has called meditation the source for her post-baby weight loss.

“A regular meditation practice creates mindfulness. Being mindful helps keep us from feeling distracted and impatient with life when things don’t go our way,” said Jill Lawson, our resident yogi expert. “When we are fully aware of our feelings through the practice of meditation, we can move toward being more proactive, instead of reactive. Taking action versus being frustrated is the first step in living a joyful life.”

We found 20 famous men and women who have dedicated themselves to the art and practice of meditation. If this group can make Power Bracelets, veganism, and the Master Cleanse a storming success, maybe they can serve as models to make us all a bit more mindful out here in the real world. (more…)

The Best Advice Bob Greene Ever Gave Oprah, and Vice Versa

Everyone finds inspiration in different places. Whether from a book, a speech, or even a friendly conversation, words have a way of striking us at the right time and place and motivating us for the better.

For Oprah, those words struck years ago while speaking with Maya Angelou. The poet shared what Oprah calls the best advice she’s ever received. “When people show you who they really are, believe them the first time.” They are words she lives by.

For a woman whose every word is hung on, it was actually quite easy for Oprah to share the best advice she’s ever given. Her go-to bit of insight is to tell people to find a way to be most themselves. “Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that,” she said.

If you’re looking for more guidance on how to eat well, work hard but allow yourself to play hard too, and embrace your life in a more present way, then Oprah has 101 of the best pieces of advices you’ve ever heard. It’s the feature in the October issue of O Magazine, which just hit newsstands. (more…)

Stedman’s Favorite Oprah Recipes Include the Love Sandwich

For as public a woman as Oprah is, her life behind the cameras is very closely guarded. Who can blame her? Part of that life is a relationship with her long-time partner Stedman Graham. The two remain mostly out of the limelight together, leading seemingly separate lives. The truth, is the two are very close and very connected, especially in the kitchen. Every woman knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

Oprah might be one of the most powerful women in the world, with an Outlook schedule that would put all of ours collectively to shame, but she still makes time to make her favorite homemade dishes. In his very first appearance on the cover of O Magazine, something Oprah rarely shares with anyone, Stedman and his leading lady grant us a peek inside her kitchen as part of the recent first-ever Food Issue.

In an interview for O Magazine, Stedman raves about Oprah’s work in the kitchen, saying, “Chefs don’t have anything on [Oprah],” calling her a fantastic cook and adding that he enjoys anything she cooks, even that he appreciates her work.

It’s difficult to have Stedman narrow down his favorite recipe of Oprah’s, but one that stands out was an accidental creation she made just for him based on various on-hand ingredients, and it became known as the Love Sandwich, a panini made with pepper Jack cheese, turkey, avocados, tomatos and scallions served on seven-grain bread. (more…)

Oprah and Transcendental Meditation: How it will Help with Weight Loss

Sunday Night, Oprah‘s network aired her show, “Next Chapter.” The show went into depth covering Transcendental Meditation or TM. The Huffington Post says that Winfrey, while speaking with Dr. Oz last year, described having more of a spiritual than bodily fulfillment, and that the practice of Transcendental Mediation was part of her overall attempt to “connect with that which is God.” 

If you are not aware of TM, it is a simple form of meditation practiced 20 minutes twice a day. It is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. It was created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi about 50 years ago.

It is not specific to a religion or lifestyle and many celebrities practice TM, including Oprah. There are more than five million people worldwide that practice this form of meditation, making it one of the more popular versions.

It is unique from other forms of meditation because unlike other styles that have you focus on your breathing or a single thought, it allows your mind to naturally transcend without forcing it to go somewhere in particular. (more…)

The O Magazine Feast: Oprah’s First Ever Food Issue

by Dani Stone

On Tuesday, March 13th, do NOT go to the newsstand hungry because the April issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O, The Oprah Magazine is being advertised as the first ever Food Issue! Inside you’ll find a Q&A with Oprah and longtime partner Stedman Graham where he talks about her cooking skills. Spoiler alert, her skills are awesome. Why wouldn’t they be? She’s Oprah, after all. It’s also jam-packed with recipes. We can almost hear her saying it now in that unmistakable Oprah voice, “YOU get a recipe, YOU get a recipe, you’re all getting RECIPES.”

Oprah is pictured on the front cover with Stedman, who gushes about her saying, “You’re a fantastic cook. You put a lot of love in the work you do, and it crosses over in to the food you make. Anything she cooks, I really enjoy eating and I appreciate it very much.” They are adorable!

This issue is packed with a few of Oprah’s personal recipes including Scrambled Eggs With Herbs And Cheese, Lemon Zest Pasta, O’ Mai Mai Juice and even one inspired by Stedman called the Love Sandwich (recipe below).
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Oprah Inspires 100 Viewers to Lose Over 100 Pounds

Oprah's Ultimate Weight Loss Challengers shared their weight loss progress along with many other inspired Oprah guests on the May 10, 2011 episode

It is possibly one of the most famous moments in Oprah history. What am I talking about? I’m referring to the time when Oprah wheeled out 67 pounds of fat to represent the amount of weight that she had lost. Now, in her final season, Oprah dedicated her entire May 10 episode to weight loss, food addiction, emotional eating, and the 100 Oprah viewers who have each lost at least 100 pounds.

The first viewer whose story we saw was Sandra, a 5’2″ mother who weighed 240 pounds at her heaviest. Sandra admits to being an emotional eater who used food to comfort her in moments of sadness, frustration, or doubt. When she was 40-years old, she thought she was having a heart attack. The episode turned out to be a panic attack, but her doctor told her that a heart attack was in her near future. Sandra was afraid of working out, but when she saw a sports bra on the Oprah show, she was motivated to try ice-skating as a form of exercise. She has lost 106 pounds since then. Sandra placed third in a skating competition and is much happier and healthier now.

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The Ultimate Weight Loss Finale on Oprah

Oprah Winfrey ShowTune in to Oprah on Tuesday, May 10 for the ultimate weight loss finale. Oprah has featured many inspiring and inspiring weight-loss stories throughout her show’s run, but this show is by far going to be the biggest. One hundred ultimate viewers will make guest appearances, all of whom have lost over 100 pounds. These guests include a doctor who was once morbidly obese and a girl who is just 11 years old. See the final results and their amazing transformations!

Oprah will also be talking about her own weight, its ups and downs, and her successes and failures. We know that Oprah herself has a lot to teach when it comes to fad diets, maintaining weight loss and getting healthy. We bet that you won’t want to miss this episode, as Oprah final season of her talk show is drawing to a close.

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Vegan Challenge on Oprah

oprah logoTune in this Wednesday, April 6th to The Oprah Show to see Oprah and 378 of her staff members try a vegan diet for one week. They won’t be eating any meat or other animal products for a whole week, while Oprah explores the meaning of eating animals. One staffer reveals that he lost 11 pounds during the experiment!

Later in the show, Lisa Ling takes a look at meat industry. This may not be easy for anyone with a weak stomach to watch, but everyone should know where their food really comes from. Plus, Michael Pollen, author of Food Rules, is a guest.

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