A decade ago, Hannah Bronfman seemed to have it all. As one of New York’s only black female DJs, she was spinning and partying at some of the city’s top clubs. But inside, she says she felt like a mess: tired, burned out and out of touch with what made her happy. She typically didn’t eat more than one meal a day, never worked out, and smoked and drank too much during her late-night gigs.
“I woke up one day … and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore. Something’s got to give,’” she says.
Bronfman made a decision to cultivate a healthier lifestyle, taking on more corporate DJ jobs and fashion events rather than late-night club bookings. She also began posting photos and video of her journey to better health on social media—from the healthy meals she was learning to cook in her kitchen to the workouts she was trying each week—with the hashtag #HBFIT.
In the years since, HBFIT not only became a nickname for Bronfman, but it also has become a website community and now a new book, “Do What Feels Good” (Harper Wave, 2019), that she hopes will inspire other women to take better care of themselves and find new recipes, habits and remedies that make them glow.
Tired of women constantly beating themselves up for not meeting some perfect standard of health and fitness, Bronfman says she wanted to write a book that was more of a manual for self-care than a diet plan. Part of that, she says, is finding the enjoyment in the journey to better health—not just the destination—and being thankful for what you are able to accomplish each day.
“Health and wellness for me is really about listening to my body and being really mindful about everything I’m doing.” Bronfman explains. “Did I say thank you to myself for moving today? Do I need to sleep an extra hour?”
While she’s all about #goals, she knows that just because she skips a workout, it doesn’t mean she’s not getting anywhere.
“I remind myself that results take time,” Bronfman says. “People are constantly looking for a quick fix … but health and wellness is about being patient, consistent and having fun.”