My NEW New York State of Mind

HighLine NYI recently had the great pleasure of visiting a fabulous friend in New York City.  What was so neat about this visit was that I lived those 5 days like I was a New Yorker.  I simply followed Monisha around on her usual routine, stepping out of her apartment in Soho in the morning and returning at 3:30 a.m.(yes, it's true but that happened only once!)…in the morning.  As a motivational speaker on health and wellness you can be sure I'm going to use that escapade in one of my speeches one day!  As you can see from this photo we are dressed for an exercise class, that we walked to via the High Line, and then walked to an incredibly delicious, healthy lunch, and then walked to visit her sister, and then walked to some great shops, and then walked to get nutritionally packed groceries, and then walked back home only to turn around and walk to a gourmet raw foods restaurant experience and of course end the day with an after dinner walk!

That was the first day.  All the others were wonderfully similar.  By day three I had an epiphany:  The common perception of a New Yorker is of fast fast fast, busy busy busy, rush rush rush.  What I realized is that I'm way more busy, rushed and fast moving in my little town of Sarasota than most New Yorkers! Here's why: they have to schedule X amount of time to walk from place to place where I just jump in my car and get there in a jiffy.  When Monisha was calculating our next stop being about a 45 minute walk, I could have made 3 or 4 stops in that time back home. Not only, then, is New York the #1 fittest city in the US but I dare say their day planners are less crammed than most!

I love turning old perceptions on their heads and being able to look at things from a new angle. The other flip/flop perception on this vacation was that instead of overeating indulgent foods and missing the gym routine, I actually ate extremely healthy and exercised more than I would have at home!  The lesson here is to hang with friends who support a healthy lifestyle.  Of them I am blessed to have many!

From your motivational speaker who overindulged in her own home last night…



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

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  1. Walk on, Polly!  You reminded me of how important it is, not just to move and make healthy choices, but to surround yourself with people who do the same. Sounds like a wonderful visit, and don't you just dig the High Line? I'm off to walk in SF!

  2. Wow! What FUN! You'd think as a motivational speaker who travels a LOT, I'd get to speak in NYC – but not so. And, you are SO right about the walking. I find that I walk WAY WAY more than I think I do because I get so enraptured by all the sights, sounds and smells, that before I know it, I've covered miles! So let's make a deal. Let's take a girl trip there soon! Yes!


  3. I can think of no better place to walk than New York. And Sarasota.

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