You may have noticed in the past two weeks I’ve been pretty MIA and there’s a good reason, I swear.
University is so friggen hard.
My first week was pretty ok, I started out by taking this one general elective course called Philosophy of Religion and had high hopes that I was going to get a professor on the same page as Tom Hanks in The DaVinci Code. Turns out that just was like, not the case at all.
Here I am thinking I was going to get schooled on the history of the church or Catholicism back to the days before Christ or the history of Buddhism and how the religions have evolved into what they are today – which was dumb of me because obviously the course is called Philosophy Of Religion – not the History of Religion. Duh. Ok well first things first, my professor was like this flakey hippy type that talked kind of like, into the abyss and not really at us. I was pulling quotes from him the entire class (after I decided I was dropping the class anyways) and I remember one specifically that he said the moment I knew this class wasn’t for me…
If you open your mind to the bigger lessons and ideas of this course, really amazing things can happen to your life.
NO THANK YOU. BYEE.
So alas, during the one and only religion class that I took, I switched out and got myself into an English class called “The Language of Love, Sex & Gender”… which is still a bit weird, but not as weird as the religion course. The first reading I ended up having to do for this new course was called The Egg & The Sperm, so immediately I was like “oh great, I’m going to have to switch classes AGAIN…” but I read it and it was actually much more interesting than I thought it would be. The readings talked about how even in medical journals, the way the vocabulary used to describe a woman’s reproductive system is more along the lines of “discard” “wasteful” and then, my favourites “waiting for the sperm to come and rescue the egg”. The vocabulary surrounding the sperm is “mighty” and “the hero”…. it’s funny to me because really, what’s the egg without sperm and what’s sperm without the egg? They should be equal. The reading made this hilarious point that for each human a woman conceives, she wastes about 200 eggs, and for each human a man conceives he wastes about 6,000,000,000 sperm LOLOLOLOL I almost died when I read that – but anyways, that whole topic is an entirely different blog post for an entirely different blog.
My Marketing Metrics and Analytics course is another tough one, because I thought I was for sure good with these calculations. For anyone who knows me well, you know that I love math and I always have – so computing mark-up prices/rates and target margin’s is normally really easy for me. Well in this class each week we have a quiz, and in order to pass the quiz for the week you have to get 9/10 answers right. Luckily you have unlimited amounts of attempts at the quiz, because I’ve done it a bunch of times and I haven’t gotten more than 5/10 right. RIGHT???? It’s so incredibly frustrating as someone who normally gets 100% on math tests (this isn’t bragging, it’s just fact).
Corporate Finance is just…. ugh, I don’t wanna talk about it.
Marketing in the Services Industry is my favourite so far, my teacher is hilarious and she is always so upbeat and I feel like I understand what’s happening in this course, so yay for that – I can breathe normally while I sit in that class for 3 hours.
I had my first Sport Marketing class this week (because she missed the first week) and it was also one that I think I can do well in, besides the fact that most of the times I don’t know what’s happening in the business of sport most times, because I have too many other things on my plate to know who signed what contract and what impact that has on sport marketing.
So that’s where I’m at so far. I spend all of my free time reading text books, attempting quizzes that I can’t pass and all that fun stuff…
SO THAT’S HOW THAT’S GOING.
The good news is that I currently am having the best almond milk latte ever from this cool new place MM and I found called Sweat & Soda. Ugh so good – if you’re in Leslieville come check it out!
Back to my readings I go….
September 06, 2016
So today I started a 14-day coconut oil rinse cleanse thanks to the lovely people over at Kismet Essentials. I’ve never actually tried oil pulling before but I’ve seen a lot of people try it out and I’ve never heard any bad outcomes or anything, so I wanted to test this out for myself.
The package that I was sent contains 14 individually portioned mouthfuls of organic coconut oil and organic peppermint, which makes it easy to just rip open and pop in your mouth while you’re getting ready in the morning.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ripped the little package open this morning, but because you have to swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, I decided to do it while I was drying and styling my hair this morning. So alas, I ripped it open and put the oil + peppermint combo into my mouth, and at first it was a bit weird feeling. When coconut oil is at room temperature it’s a solid, but when it gets even a little warm it then becomes a liquid, so when I put it in my mouth there were definitely chunks (which creeped me out for a moment) but in no time it was all liquid and felt just like I was swishing around water in my mouth, with some peppermint of course :). It was actually pretty pleasant!
If you’ve never heard of oil pulling before, let me get you up to speed – it’s actually been around for THOUSANDS of years, and is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice. It involves swishing around 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil around in your mouth daily while the oil pulls out any toxins in your body. All people have different experiences when they try oil pulling, but some of the most common results that people have are:
- Whiter teeth
- Fresher breath
- Improved digestion
- Reduced headaches
- Cleaner tongue and mouth
- Better immune system
- Healthier gums
- Reduced plaque
- Clearer, softer skin
- Improvement in skin conditions
- Balanced hormones
I don’t know what I will experience, but any of these things would be great (I’m rooting for whiter teeth and clearer skin – amirite?).
It’s really easy to use too, I love how they come with prepackaged amounts so I don’t have to measure everything out – and the peppermint is an added bonus… hellooooo minty breath!
Someone asked me today if you swallow the oil or if you spit it out – and definitely you should spit it out!! The point of the oil is to pull toxins out of your body, and if you just go and swallow the oil then that’s completely counter productive on every level, so spit it into the garbage and then brush your teeth after to get any residue off!
I’ll be doing this daily for the next two weeks and then I will update you with my results! I’m excited to see what this brings. If you’re interested more in Kismet Essentials, you can find them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or you can visit their website by clicking here.
Have you ever tried oil pulling before? If so, what were your results?
I’m kind of freaking out because Tuesday is my first ever day of University. If you don’t know already, I’m starting at Ryerson University, getting my Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management with a Marketing Major (whew mouth full.. geez). I’ve been through college twice now (once for Fitness & Health Promotion and once for Business Administration Marketing) but I’ve never ever been to university and it’s a little bit intimidating.
I have this insane fear that I’m going to be the Elle Woods or Josie Gellar of my classes because I have no idea what to expect. I actually had to confirm with Mystery Man if people use notebooks and pens or laptops in University because I’m that worried about it.
Right? I could really be either of them, or both combined into one… I wouldn’t be totally shocked if something totally embarrassing happened to me on day 1, but I’m going to try and avoid it at all costs.
So I’m taking 5 courses in total…. and they’re hard (I’m guessing) but hopefully I can pass them:
- Sport Marketing Concepts & Strategy
- Marketing For The Service Industry
- Managerial Finance
- Principles of Marketing
- Philosophy of Religion (general education course)
Luckily I made my schedule so that I have Monday’s off, which was similar to what I had this past semester, and I have most of Friday off to with the exception of a one hour slot that I have to go to school for. AND I made my schedule so I can still get my workouts in that I normally do – BONUS.
Remember that time I said I was going to have such a healthy, nice, relaxing break off of school? I think I’ve worked out like, twice. #fail. So now that everything is back to normal, hopefully my workout schedule goes back to normal as well.
I’m actually really excited to start this new chapter of my life. It’s something new that I’m working towards, something that I’ve never done before, in a place that’s foreign to me (I’ve been on campus for maybe an hour) with people I’ve never met – and I LOVE all of that!! I’m a sucker for change, I love switching things up when things get too dull or boring, so this is going to be perfect. I think that Managerial Finance will be my hardest course, but I really want to do well in it – I love the feeling of knowing what I’m doing when it comes to finance…. but I’ll definitely have to work extra hard for that one.
So wish me luck!! I’ve decided that I’m going to take both a notebook/pen AND my laptop and decide how I want to attack this semester once I dive into it. Writing things down helps us, as humans, learn way better and a computer can be distracting – but I can type way faster than I can hand write…. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL PEOPLE.
I’ll let you know how it goes!!! 🙂 🙂
September 01, 2016
I don’t normally do a lot of product endorsements, but sometimes I find things that are so good I can’t help but share them with you all!! When I was at the canfitpro World Fitness Expo a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that a guy I knew had a booth in the trade show with his wife and they were giving away samples of these bars that they had developed themselves. They’re names are Justin and Melissa and he is a personal trainer and she is a holistic nutritionist and together they’ve developed these amazing protein bars called ClearBARS.
Of course I was a bit skeptical at first, but they’re actually probably the most delicious protein bar I’ve ever tried before. I normally refuse to eat protein bars because they all taste chalky or just like chemicals, but ClearBAR is all organic and vegan and it tastes like desert, no word of a lie.
Because of the all natural ingredients that they use, and because all of the ingredients are relatively low on the glycemic index, these bars actually don’t raise my blood sugar at all, they keep it very steady, which is super important for me as a diabetic, because when my blood sugar jumps up and down like crazy I get so drained and tired and grumpy…. so with these it’s like I get to eat a chocolate bar without it having the negative side effects 🙂 YIPEE!!!
The ingredients in the bar you can see in the photo above, and Melissa and Justin actually make them in their home which is a huge part of why I love them and this product so much – oh ya, and it’s delicious. It’s actually so fresh and real that they need to be stored in the freezer so that they don’t melt and fall apart. I actually think they taste better frozen anyways! I also really love how delicious and chocolatey they are AND they’re vegan – she mixes raw cocoa powder with coconut oil to make the chocolate top and it’s SO GOOD GUYS I can’t deal.
As you can see in the photo, if you want to know more about it them you can go directly to their website by clicking here, you can visit them on Facebook by clicking here, on Instagram by clicking here, and Twitter by clicking here.
And if anything – you should probably support them simply due to how insanely cute their mascot is – their son Troy!
If we live close to each other let me know, and I can give you a ClearBAR sample!!!! Trust me – you’ll love it!
Sorry I’ve been MIA this week! I took this week to really relax – it was my first full week being out of school (for now) and so I didn’t do a lot of unnecessary work. I took this weekend off too and had a seriously nice time just doing my own thing, hanging with Mystery Man, relaxing and not needing to worry about work…. (talk about motivation to find myself a job where I don’t work weekends – amirite?).
ANYWAYS this post is super late but I wanted to touch on it anyways because it was an event that I really enjoyed being a part of and I think it’s important to tell people about things you love. The Women Who Influence event happens annually as part of the canfitpro fitness conference that’s held in Toronto every August. This was the third year that they’ve held this luncheon and I’ve gone for the past two years – it’s never a let down.
The event takes about 8 women of the biggest and most influential female names in the fitness/nutrition/wellness industry and brings them on stage to talk about their journey, their struggles, and their biggest piece of advice for people (other women in the audience).
From left to right, they were:
- Mo Hagan
- Petra Robinson
- Charlene Kopansky
- Mindy Mylrea
- Libby Norris
- Petra Kolber
- Tosca Reno
- Sherri McMillan
The entire luncheon was MC’d by the lovely Paula Morand, who was also the MC last year. She’s always a blast to have around because she’s just so naturally charismatic and funny, you can’t help but really feel how much positive energy she brings to the room.
I’ve met each one of these ladies at one point or another when I was in the fitness industry and they’re all such beautiful souls, it was such a pleasure getting to see them speak again. They each spoke of their individual journeys from when they started out in the fitness industry (and some of them spoke of life before they even had a job) and how they worked up to where they are now. They all had very motivating and uplifting talks, some were funnier than others, some were more educational than others, and some were a lot more spiritual than others and it made for this amazing balance of energy throughout the entire luncheon.
A lot of the women spoke about the power of saying “Yes”. I’ve totally believed in this for a long time and have always been an advocate for saying yes (when appropriate, of course). I love experiencing new things and seeing where different experiences will take me and how I can grow and learn from every new thing that I do. So that was so powerful knowing that it was one of the main pillars of success for so many of these women.
One of the speakers, Mindy Mylrea (the red headed firecracker in the front with her arms spread) spoke about how wonderful it is to “be disruptive” and how being disruptive is the most powerful thing you can do to be remembered by everyone. That talk really resonated with me because I’ve always believed that to be true as well. I may not be as outgoing or on fire as Mindy, but I’ve always tried to be different than everyone else – because being like everyone else is incredibly boring (this is why I cut all my hair off!).
Charlene Kopansky really focused on the power of saying yes and the amazing doors and opportunities that can happen if you’re not afraid to just go for something. I loved listening to her speak because, not only were her words something that I already try and practice every day, and not only was she one of the few fitness presenters that I kept in contact with after I left canfitpro, but she was rocking a serious pair of heels and I’ve never seen her wear pumps before so I was mesmerized!
Petra Kolber was the speaker that was very mindful and relaxing and zen. She’s a Brit so her voice (for me at least) is naturally calming, let alone the fact that it’s this extremely soft voice. Her passion is helping people live their happiness whatever that may be and there was something that she asked that I wrote in my phone and I look at often. How do people feel when they’re doing what they do around you? That hit hard for me because I’ve always been the type of person who wants to help people and leave a lasting impression in the lives of those around me, so that’s a really great thought to always keep in the back of your mind. She also said Poke fear in the eye, offer it some tea, and tell it to get the heck out! which was probably the most adorable line of the whole day.
Mo Hagan has been a mentor and someone I look up to for a reeeeeeally long time, probably like most of my life at this point so I always love sitting in the audience while I watch her speak. She spoke about how she grew up basically pushing the status quo and defying all the odds that were stacked against her, and how when people told her she couldn’t do something she would do the complete opposite AND succeed at it.
Tosca Reno was more of an educational type talk which was still great and refreshing for my nutritional habits. She spoke stats and how clean eating will help to improve a lot, and how you should always choose organic fat sources (avocados, nuts, etc) because toxins LIVE in fat so if you get organic, there’s a less of a chance that you’ll be ingesting all those toxins. Always a great reminder!
Petra Robinson was definitely an interesting talk because I think she was the only one up there that I’ve never actually heard give a talk before, when I was with canfitpro she was always very “behind the scenes” with Zumba and did a lot of their business over the phone with other people in my office. She did a fantastic job and you can just tell she’s so incredibly passionate about the fitness industry. She spoke of her journey and how she launched so many different fitness brands and took them to the next level of success, with her most recent being Zumba. She’s a brilliant business woman and marketer and I wish I could pick her brain more about the things she does to really launch a brand/product so it’s an international sensation. I wonder if she’d spill her secrets? 🙂
Libby Norris spoke about her journey into fitness and eventually her journey into the fitness expert on Canada AM here in Toronto. At one point in her career she was actually a professional boxer (that’s so badass) and her stories about auditioning while pregnant for the role on Canada AM was just hilarious. I didn’t know that she grew up in Hanover, ON – which is about 30 minutes from Wingham where I grew up, so I felt like we had this small town girl bond hahahaha, but I’m also a bit crazy. Maybe she felt it too?
Sherri McMillan was another who spoke not only of her journey into fitness but her life growing up in an abusive household and how she had a teacher in high school really push her to be involved in school and work and how that really created this insane work ethic that she has now (which is why her personal training business is exceptionally successful). She has two kids now and she showed photos of them and really focused on the fact that when you’re an adult, you really shouldn’t care about buying material things and seeing that as being a success, and that success is being able to travel and make memories and be with the people you love all the time – and I’ve recently realized all of this myself so I couldn’t be more in tune with what she was saying.
Clearly I loved this event and hopefully I will continue to go every time it’s offered. I got to spend time with Dorothy too, who’s the mother of the founder of GoodLife Fitness – Patch. I’ve known her since I was about 18 or so? So like a decade, and she found me in the crowd and actually smacked me for not saying hello sooner LOL.
Isn’t she adorable? She’s like 97 or something insane and is still so sharp and whitty, I love it. I hope I can be like her when I’m 97!!
August 20, 2016
I wrote my last exam EVER of George Brown College on Thursday and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve been in the same program at the same school for like, 2.5 years now and I was definitely ready for it to be done! The last few weeks of school were pretty brutal, as there was soooo much stuff happening all at once and it just got really stressful. I felt gross and slobby, I wasn’t eating right or going to the gym like I was prior to that and I just started feeling rundown and gross.
So instead of going out for drinks like I initially wanted to do, I made a bunch of green juice and then Mystery Man and I headed out to the beaches area to hang out and watch the sunset while sipping on that instead of wine.
It was actually so nice. I love going out to the beaches area here in Toronto, it’s so peaceful and it’s like a little escape out of the city when you go and visit.
How pretty is that? It doesn’t look like you’re in Toronto at all! That’s why I love it :). So we sat on the bench and just watched the sun over the water until it got darker, and then we took a stroll along the water..
It was such a beautiful night. It got to the point where the water and the sky were the exact same colour – you couldn’t tell where one ended and the other one started. There was a sailboat in the water and it looked like it was floating in the air. The moon was full and glowing a bright amber colour and the reflection on the water was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen, I would have taken a photo if I had my better camera with me. When the sailboat sailed through the moons reflection on the water it was so cool and neat to see.
On our way back from our walk, we stopped into this really cute candy store and I got myself some Jelly Belly jellybeans, then we made a quit pit stop into the Wine Rack where I got myself a celebratory bottle of Pinot Grigio (oopsies) and Mystery Man ACTUALLY let me drink some while we were at his place watching Never Been Kissed (omg can you understand why I hang out with him, boyfriend or not??? He watches ROM-COMS WITH ME!!!! He’s a keeper.).
It was a really fun night with him and I was glad to spend my first “free from George Brown College” night with him!
I want to go back to the juice though. I got my juicer back from my parents a few weeks ago and I don’t know how I went so long without it. I love my juicer!!!! I love green juice so much and it makes me feel so much more energized when I get a regular intake of green juice. Plus – it’s waaay cheaper making your own juice than it is buying some cold pressed juices from the store.
So what do I use to make my green juice? Let me share my recipe with you!
It’s actually so good guys – I’ve made it again for myself this weekend, Mystery Man doesn’t get any of this batch… suckerrrrrr.
Like the recipe says, the leafy greens and the lemon are the most alkalizing things you can eat and will help get your body to that slightly alkaline state that we are looking for. If you don’t know about alkaline/acid balance, let me kind of explain. As humans, we experience sickness and disease when our bodies are too acidic, and naturally our bodies are at a pH that is slightly alkaline (7.35) so when we are alkaline, that is when our bodies thrive and are at their healthiest. When our bodies are at that slightly alkaline state, we get so much more energy naturally, are bodies are running at optimum levels, it helps us slow down the aging process (YAY!), it lowers our risk of developing cancer and it helps us keep any extra weight off.
Some examples of alkaline foods (that are VERY good for us) are:
Vegetables: beets, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, spinach.
Fruits: apple, banana, berries, cantaloupe, grapes, melon, lemon, orange, peach, pear, watermelon.
Protein: almonds, chestnuts, tofu.
Spices: cinnamon, curry, ginger, mustard, sea salt.
And then the acidic foods that aren’t good for us are things such as processed foods, artificial sweeteners, anything with dairy, most meats (it’s important to get protein but not overdo it, obviously), alcohol, beer, white breads/flour, coffee, seafood, and brown sugar.
If you’re interested in this further, I would recommend checking out this website to get a better understanding of why alkaline foods are important and what are best ones to eat!
I hope you learned something today!!! I had so much fun talking nutrition with you again!!!!! 🙂
If you’ve been following along with my bloggy blog for a while, you’ll know I used to work in the fitness industry. I started out working for canfitpro (Canadian Fitness Professionals) in the Education Department planning conference curriculum for the many professional conferences they hosted across the country. It seems like just yesterday that I was working there, but it was about 8 or 9 years ago (gasp! – am I ACTUALLY aging that quickly?). My very first Toronto canfitpro Conference was when I was 16, making this my 11th year (in a row) attending and every year is equally, if not more, motivating and inspiring than the last.
This year I was asked to spend half a day (today) MCing on the huge activity stage that they had inside the expo hall. I very quickly said yes (I’ll do another blog post soon about why I’m going to be saying YES even more since this week!) but didn’t exactly think through what I’d be doing. Until last night, when I was looking everything over and realized I was introducing two celebrity trainers and would probably have a pretty decent sized crowd.
Then I actually GOT to the stage today and realized just how BIG the stage ACTUALLY was. Which, as you can probably tell, is much different than the tiny stage I had built up in my head. I started speaking around 9:30am and I was finished at about 1:00pm. I have to admit that I was pretty incredibly nervous getting on a big stage with people watching and looking at me while speaking into a microphone. But I got up and after the first couple of times that I did it, it got increasingly easier. I even did an impromptu plank competition for the people waiting in between sessions, and I had to cut a man and a woman off after they held their plank for 3:30 minutes. CRAZY!!!
The day started off with a couple of really cool gals teaching 25 minutes of PiYo which is a BeachBody program that has a lot of pilates and yoga type moves choreographed to some really cool music. Then BollyX The Bollywood Workout went on stage and they drew a pretty decent crowd!!! They had really catchy tunes and were dressed in bright yellow so a lot of people came to join in. Up next was POUND-Rockout Workout, which is a workout that doesn’t have a lot of spoken cues in it, but you use drum sticks and follow along with the instructor and get a workout in that way. It’s very danced base but it was actually really cool to watch and they had a pretty packed area while they were on the stage.
After that there was a little bit of a break before the big celebrity trainer, Shaun T took the stage.
Uh ya, he’s hot. And he has a seriously huge following. The entire place was PACKED, there was only standing room only – and I’m willing to bet about 99% of the people there were women (hm, wonder why). He had the stage for a 45 minute workout and everyone was dripping in sweat by the end of it. It was super fun to get on stage and build the crowd up before Shaun took over – that was probably the highlight of my day!
I ran into Patch, the owner/President/CEO of GoodLife Fitness, and an old family friend, while Shaun was on stage so I quickly ran over to say a quick hello and snap a long overdue photo with him.
It was super nice to see him even if it was quick.
Up next after Shaun T was Tommy Europe, and he was a fairly big draw to the stage too. His workout was a lot less dancey and rhythmic than Shaun’s, but it was still REALLY intense looking (from what I saw on my chair). He tried to convince me to join in buuuuut I had to work after so I couldn’t get sweaty – oh darn! 🙂
Not that I wouldn’t WANT to workout with him…. but, you know ;).
He was my last introduction of the day and it was so much fun!! I loved seeing such crazy energy in the room and being on stage and getting people to WAHOOOO for the people coming to teach the classes, it was so cool! Afterwards I quickly walked the Expo Hall floor and checked out all the cool vendors and products and food samples, and bought myself some Clear Bars (a separate post on them coming soon) and then had to head out to come to work. Next year I think I’m going to make sure I take the weekend off so I can do all the sessions that I want to!! It’s going to be great :).
If you went to the expo/conference, how was it? Who was your fav presenter?