Yesterday I decided to try out this spin studio near my house up in the north-ish area of Toronto. It’s on St. Clair West and it’s a studio called Rocket Cycle. I’d always either walked past or taken the TTC by it but I had never tried it – until now. And let me tell you – it changes EVERYTHING you think of when you think of spin, if you’re used to taking it in a regular “big box” gym.
I went by myself and figured it would be this boutiquey type spin studio, kind of like a take on Soul Cycle and it totally was. I booked my first class online where you actually pick the bike that you’re spinning on, and if you don’t book well in advanced chances are you won’t get a bike at all. I booked a class a week out and half of the classes that day were already sold out and the second half were already 90% sold out.
I got there and they had me sign a waiver like any fitness place, and they gave me a cool Rocket Cycle water bottle, which I was super excited for because who doesn’t love free swag??? I put my stuff in one of their lockers, and was trying to find a water fountain to fill up my new bottle, but the whooooole lobby area was PACKED full of people waiting to get into the class I was taking, as well as people leaving the class that was happening before mine. It was insane and insanely cool. The water fountains turned out to be these Q-Water stations that almost look like a draft beer type nozzle and it spurts out water instead, so swanky ;).
I got into class and on your way in you just confirm what bike is yours on the screen, there is a bike number and your name on it too. I walked in and found bike 42 and was in complete awe of the whole studio. It’s tiered seating to make sure you can see the instructor all the time, the floors were spongey so you could wear your spin shoes in safely (no outdoor shoes in the spin studio) and you HAVE to have spin shoes to go into the class because the pedals aren’t exactly pedals, they need a kleet to clip in. If you don’t have your own spin shoes, they have one that you can use for the class. There was also a towel waiting for me on the bike, and thank god. I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in a spin class in my life.
Once class started it was very apparent to me why the classes fill up so quickly. The instructor (Sari) was soooo engaging, she gets up and walks around and almost like, dances on stage how we should be spinning. The moves I’d never done in a spin class and they were HARD, pushups and dips and the standing climbs were insane, but I loooved every minute of it, there wasn’t a part of me that wasn’t sweating by the end of the class.
There’s also hand weights attached to the bikes (as you can see) so they do a bit of an upper body workout near the end, and it may not feel like a lot but it was definitely tiring. There wasn’t a lot of light in the room (on purpose) and the instructor could control how bright or dim the lights were, and there were times that we were riding in the pitch dark with just some candles lit at the front of the room which I LOVED… she pointed out that when the lights are dark, it doesn’t matter who’s around you and it just becomes all about you and your bike, and it’s soooo right and it’s so much different when you can’t see people around you and you know they can’t see you either.
I actually loved it so much I’m going back this Sunday as my little pre-birthday spin class! I’m so excited to try a different instructor and see how it goes!!!! If you wanna check them out, visit their website here, their Facebook here, or their Instagram here.
I can’t wait to get back!!!! 🙂
So now that I’m not spending every night of the week at Mystery Man’s house (I’m trying to write that in a “strong I don’t care about men” tone but ugh it sucks) I have a bit more time to blog. I woke up early on a Saturday (today) to be productive, have breakfast and get to spin class downtown by 10:30am. Then I work all day. So thank GOD I have things to distract me from boys, I guess.
A while back I posted about this coconut pulling kit that I was trying called Kismet Essentials Coco Rinse Oil Pulling, and it’s basically prepackaged coconut oil infused with mint that you swish around in your mouth every day for about 10-20 minutes to help pull toxins from your body.
I had this package and I was diligent with the oil pulling every morning for about a week, until I noticed that it was starting to make me break out all around my mouth. This could very much be because my skin is really sensitive and prone to breakouts, because I know a lot of people that do oil pulling every day and have amazing results by it. It was definitely a shame, my skin sucks… so I quit the pulling, but up until then it was going quite well!
I got used to the texture of having oil in my mouth pretty quickly, and I loved having the prepackaged amounts good to go so I could just squeeze it into my mouth and get on with my morning ritual while I swished it around.
If you’re interested at all in oil pulling definitely look into it and give this product some consideration. Maybe, many people have success with oil pulling, it’s just my skin that’s dumb – I swear.
October 14, 2016
OMG it’s been so long since I’ve posted I almost forget how to blog. JUST KIDDING. I remember, obviously. I’m sitting here alone in my apartment, on a Friday night in Toronto, with my face washed and a hot glass of raspberry tea, watching the Sex & The City Movie… because that’s my life now. Let me elaborate and get y’all up to date.
School. Well what can I say about school. I’m finishing reading week right now and I’m not excited to go back to class, but I guess in some ways I am. School is still hard. It’s a lot of work, I had three tests last week and was off all of this week. I have two tests next week that I have yet to study for because I’ve been distracted by other things (I’ll explain in a bit) and I need to somehow figure out how to shift my focus back to school and just give it my everything. So basically, it’s the same as always.
Work is work. The TEDxToronto Conference is in about 2 weeks and that’s super exciting! It’s been a bit hard juggling work and school and everything that’s been going on, which would be why this blog has taken a backseat. Sorry readers!!!!!!!!
Ugh life. The big one. Where do I even begin. I don’t want to get into details regarding Mystery Man, but let’s just say that he is no longer. And along with that I’ve experienced something I haven’t experienced in a while. Heartbreak. It is like, the shittiest feeling ever. I mean, I’ve had heartbreak before…. Like when C and I broke up I guess I was heartbroken, but that was like a break up with an 8 month lead into it. This was much more sudden and there was different aspects of it, on both sides of it of course, and I guess it wasn’t technically a breakup because we weren’t actually together, but it’s been hard on me and it doesn’t feel good and I remember why I avoid getting in deep with a guy now. When I’m sad it’s hard for me to focus on anything else (like school and work – see it all coming together now?) and I learned that I don’t stress eat when I’m sad, I lose my appetite! So I guess that’s kind of a plus…. but all together it’s been shitty.
I hate the sunken gut feeling you get when you think someone is going to be around you and you won’t know how to handle it or if you can even handle it. It’s quite an unfortunate situation really, I would have pretty much done anything for this guy, but alas – I will sit and gaze afar at the love between Carrie and Big and get jealous while they read together in bed. Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours.
I went back to my old home of London, Ontario this week for a couple of days to visit my Aunt and to visit a lot of people I used to work with when I worked at GoodLife Fitness. It was a really fun couple of days. I got to see a couple of old girlfriends of mine from when I lived there, I took a cycling class at my old gym, I got to spend time with my Aunt and I got to see some old coworkers of mine too. I got to have a really good talk with my old boss over coffee one morning and that was really nice because she always gives me really good advice about anything I need.
There’s really nothing else that’s new, I guess that’s also why I haven’t blogged – I don’t really have anything to update you on. I have a couple of product reviews lined up that I need to write about still so stay tuned for that!
I hope you’re all really great right now – I miss you! 🙂
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!