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?
OMG I’m in such a great mood today because my day has been totally domestically productive, it was SO great! Laundry done, apartment cleaned, food cooked and prepped, finances done, bills paid, OMG I love this feeling so much. Now I’m at work and blogging and I totally wasted like an hour watching PLL (don’t judge me – have you ever even watched it?) and now I’m about to study International Marketing……. which isn’t as exciting and doesn’t make me as happy…..
BUT WHEW what a week it has been!! I don’t always love this time of the semester because it feels like there’s a million things that I have to do and not enough time to get through it all, so I tend to have a coupe anxiety attacks (to myself, nothing crazy) and some … a lot… of stress. It’s my last two weeks at George Brown College and I’m getting pretty anxious to end that chapter of my life and start a new one over at Ryerson University. I went over to Ryerson this week for a little orientation about how to get all the online stuff set up that I need to, and it was REALLY exciting actually going onto campus and into the Ted Rogers School of Management because I had never seen the inside before… and boooyyyyyyy was it WAY swankier than GBC lol!!! I guess that’s why it’s 3x the price… *sigh*.
So yes, I’ve been a bit wired this week and a bit on edge, and I have to admit I’m very glad I have my few really close people in my life to help me take a step back and breathe. Patrick, Ligia, my mom, Mystery Man… they’ve all been so great at making sure my head doesn’t ACTUALLY explode and I owe them all a really big thank you. Especially since all I want to do is run away and hide, but then I wouldn’t graduate and the last 2.5 years would be a waste! So thank you all who’ve dealt with me being insane and thank you all in advanced for putting up with it for the next 2 weeks, and I apologize if I’m bitchy. OKAY good good good.
I finally made my way back into the gym this week, only once out of my four normal days though. I was working a lot and doing a lot of school so unfortunately the gym got bumped… and so did my food. I made a promise to myself that if I’m not going to be gymming, then I should be REALLY good with what I eat – that promise quickly left the building when I spent most of my week with Mystery Man and I didn’t have time to cook and pack up a ton of my food to bring with me so I ended up eating out a lot this week, and I feel kind of gross now because of it. I can totally tell when I haven’t been good with my diet, I’m lethargic, my skin isn’t as nice, and I get in moods really easily. I’m really going to focus on eating properly this week (and beyond, of course) to get myself back on track.
On Thursday night I splurged because the week had been pretty intense, so I got myself a pedicure and it was soooo glorious.
Oh my god it was so great, she gave me the best calve massage and my legs were hairy and I didn’t even care!!!!!! So therapeutic. Then Mystery Man and I went for a huge long walk and the whole night was great.
This week’s going to be a bit insane again….. but I’m trying to mentally prepare myself.
Monday – work all day, study at night, project due
Tuesday – exam, group project work, TRX workout, Spin
Wednesday – presentation, my sisters birthday, I need a manicure, Spin class
Thursday – Women Who Influence event, TRX workout
Friday – Work all day at one job, work at night at another job.
Saturday – I’m at the canfitpro conference World Fitness Expo all morning MCing the activity stage (omg I know), work at night.
Sunday – Work in the morning, study at night
Plus, yes, the next week is exams, I have three in total (1 Wednesday, 2 Thursday) AND THEN I’M FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just have to make it through all of this and I WILL HAVE A BREAK. But like, so much in between. I have to get all the affairs for Ryerson in order, I have to figure all that crap out, I have to work and study and study while I work and it just seems like a lot but I know it’s going to be fine and I will get through it just like I do every semester.
On a whole different note – I’m having serious wanderlust today for some reason, the only place I want to be right now is in Europe, with no stress, eating bread and sipping wine and not getting fat. That’s what they do in Europe – right?
Who wants to go with me? 🙂
August 02, 2016
So last week, my girlfriend Ligia and I decided to go to a fitness class at the National Ballet of Canada as part of their InStudio Fitness classes that they offer. We opted to take the DanceFit Barre workout because it came with a live drummer who did the drums AND the piano all at one time (multitasking at it’s finest).
So there’s a bit of a background story here, the first time that we attempted to do this, I somehow managed to forget my workout pants, so I couldn’t participate and Ligia did the class by herself. She says that it was a lot more barre work than the class we did, but none the less she had a general idea of what the class would be like. She was telling me last time how she couldn’t walk for 5 days and was dragging her butt all the way home after lol… So I had a general idea of what we were getting into, but not totally.
We got to the class and all I could think of was the movie Centre Stage, did any of you watch this AS MANY times as I did?? I loved that movie, especially because I used to dance. But this studio/ballet room reminded me of the scene where the main ballerina went to a different studio to participate in the jazz class….. Let me see if I can find this….
Except now that I watch it it’s totally not the same space, but it’s a good scene none the less so here you go..
Ok so just to remind you all, I haven’t danced in the better part of a decade so any rhythm I may have once had is no longer, so when we had to jump around and dance I looked like a tall lanky mess. I did enjoy it but I was totally shy and not really getting into it. I could tell the instructor could tell too cuz she really honed in on Ligia and I to be more flowly and use the space around us.
Then after the dancey part, we hit the bar where I almost shed a tear or too thanks to the insane burn in my legs. Guys, there’s a reason why ballerina’s are so flipping skinny.. it’s because of workouts like this ALL. DAY. LONG. Needless to say after class Ligia and I hit up the beach across the street to sit and relax our bodies…
It was an intense workout for sure, and we’re going to try and do a class once a month when we can sync our work and school schedules. GO US! If you’re interested in doing a class at the National Ballet School – here’s the schedule of what’s offered! Make sure to check the descriptions so you’re not heading into a pointe class when you’ve never danced before LOL.
And just so everyone understands the level of instructor… this was who taught us….
In a couple of weeks, I’ve been invited back to the annual Women Who Influence event that happens before the canfitpro conference each year. I attended for the first time last year and it was awesome day! The delegates who attended this event were inspired by seven amazing women who have triumphed and overcome obstacles in their personal and professional lives. It was an afternoon filled with laughter, tears and inspiration. I loved loved loved the entire day, so I was thrilled when they invited me back to attend as media again this year. It’s definitely an event that you don’t want to miss if you’re in the Toronto area on August 11th.
This year (August 11th is when the event is happening), eight of the most inspiring and successful women in the fitness industry will be speaking together at the Women Who Influence Luncheon. It’s a very candid day where influential women in the industry will share their stories, successes, insightful lessons and everything in-between. These women truly exemplify the journey of personal and professional success and I couldn’t be MORE EXCITED if I wanted to be!
Here are the event details:
Thursday August 11
11:00am-4:00pm (healthy lunch provided)
Intercontinental Hotel (225 Front St W, Toronto, ON) Ballroom AB (Lower Level)
Early bird pricing: $85 (until August 10)
Space is limited to 100 guests.
Click this for a link to the online registration form (There are only 20 seats left!!!!)
And if you want to read more about the event – click here!!
The women that are going to be speaking at the event are women I’ve either had the pleasure of working with while I worked at canfitpro back in the day, or I’ve seen them present before and absolutely adore them… check them out!
Paula Morand (Host)
As last years’ host Paula had us laughing every step of the way. Paula is a seasoned business woman focused on building and branding individuals and companies. Her current company, Paula Morand Enterprises Inc., works regionally, nationally and internationally to increase human potential.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan
Vice President of Program Innovation and Fitness Development for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro. Mo is an award winning leader in the fitness industry. She’s a speaker, columnist and author. Mo was named one of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in 2015 and recognized by IHRSA as the Julie Main Woman Leader of the Year in 2016.
At an age when many people are hanging up their sneakers and stepping away from the gym, Tosca Reno is flexing proudly. She dropped 70 pounds at age 40, going from exhausted and overweight to vibrant and ripped—and now as a 56-year-old fitness model, she’s continued to step up her game. Tosca is Canada’s Eat Clean Queen and has partnered with canfitpro to create the canfitpro Eat Clean Foundations online course.
Libby is an international presenter, motivational speaker and ex-boxer. She wrote Canada’s first fitness boxing certification and has effectively combined her two passions in promoting her core message of health and balance on stage, in the media and in the workplace.
Petra has transformed her career in the fitness industry with her Moving to Happiness keynotes and seminars. She is an award winning fitness presenter and trainer. She believes happiness is an active sport and that smiling is an act of courage. Petra was responsible for bringing Reebok Step to the fitness industry over 30 years ago.
President and Founder of the Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance, Charlene is a visionary in the field of aqua fitness and believes in the healing powers of water. She is a dynamic visionary in the field of aqua fitness and has created a global movement focused on the healthy and healing powers of movement in water.
Sherri grew up on streets in Windsor, Ontario and is today a self-made entrepreneur, award winning personal trainer, program director, business owner, author, speaker and trainer. Sherri helped bring the concept of small group training to the marketplace. She has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 20 years.
Mindy is a highly celebrated award winning presenter, an actress and producer and one of the funniest women you will meet. She is the creator and lead talent behind many of the fitness industry’s innovations today from products to programs. She is the owner and producer of FitFlix Productions, an exercise DVD company.
Petra is a legend in the fitness industry. As an entrepreneur and creative advisor Petra has helped create many of the fitness industry and worlds’ most recognized branded programs including ZUMBA. She has been training industry professionals, advising companies and entrepreneurs for almost four decades.
This event is sponsored by Rocking Vibe, L’OREAL Canada and Studio H Artist Group, ZUMBA, Defyeneurs, Paula Morand Enterprises, Merrithew GoodLife Fitness, canfitpro.
HOW FLIPPING COOL does this sound??? If you’re a woman in any type of business, this is a good event for you – the lessons may come from the fitness industry but they are transferrable, motivation and totally uplifting.
I hope to see you all there!!! 🙂
Ok ok ok ok ok ok ok…. oh my god.
For a while I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair off. I’d say it’s been a little over a year since I first introduced the idea of going short to my Facebook network and only received positive feedback about going ahead with it. I never quite had the courage to do it though….. I liked long hair, I was able to wear it straight or curl it, I could wear it up in a high bun or in a low up do, the options were pretty much endless.
So needless to say, I’ve never actually had really short hair. I rocked a medium length bob for a while, but it could still go up into a ponytail so I’m not sure that counts as “short hair” by any means.
My hair is now soooooooo short!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s still so weird to shower, because I use way more shampoo than I now need to, same with conditioner. I almost am used to running conditioner through the ends of my hair and I tried doing that only to realize that I had no “ends of my hair” left to condition!! Then when I got out of the shower I went to ring out my hair and found out I also couldn’t do that – it’s suuuuuch a weird feeling to get used to!!
That being said – I absolutely LOVE my new hair!!!!!!!!!!!! A friend of mine, Damian, did it and he works at Calia Hair in Yorkville here in Toronto and it was definitely a big change and originally we were going to keep it a bit longer just so I could get used to it, but after leaving it for a little while I went back and had him take it really short and it was TOTALLY the best decision EVER!!!!!!!!
I love love love it!!!! I’m not about looking like everyone else with long hair down to their waist, I love looking different and standing out in my own way and I think this was the perfect way to do that!!!!! I love how the bangs sweep down my face, and I love how the crown of my head has so much body and volume, my hair has EVER felt this thick before.
I’m in love guys.
What do you think? Are you a long hair fan or a short hair fan?
I’m not sure what has gotten me on this happiness kick, but I’m on a happiness kick. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t even know how to describe to you what that means at all, but I’m going to try.
Here’s the deal. Life is short, right? I know it’s so cliche of me to say that but it’s just so absolutely true – why in God’s name would anyone want to spend their precious time doing anything besides what absolutely makes them happy? I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on the things that are happening in my life right now and trying to make sense of it all in my own head, and it really all boils down to being happy.
It’s hard to describe to you blog reader’s what’s happening in my life right now, because believe it or not I actually do keep some things private! Weird, I know… but for a while I was really unhappy with my current situation. I’m a huge comparer. I compare myself to other people all the damn time, and it made me a mental person. Really! If you haven’t heard it before, comparison is the thief of happiness; it’s absolutely true. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking I wasn’t good enough because I haven’t accomplished a million things in my 2.7 decades on this planet, but as of late I’ve been realizing more and more that it doesn’t matter that I’m not overly accomplished – I’m still way more accomplished than a lot of people and I need to celebrate and be happy about that.
Even with guys I always question myself. “Why would he like me when there’s three million beautiful women in this city who are probably smarter, more attractive, have a better job, aren’t students…” and the list goes on and on. I’m always looking at external things so positively, but when it comes to myself I seem to cast a negative light where positivity is needed most. And not only that, I have this thing with always needing validation, and most of the time I don’t express it, I suppress it. But why? This is what I’ve been asking myself for months. After a good pep talk with a girlfriend last night, I’ve realized so much. Why do I need validation? Why do I need to feel like there needs to be a title or an outline of everything I do? Why do I feel like my life needs to be done a certain way and any other way makes it “wrong”?
If the past few months have taught me anything at all, it’s to be present, in the moment, happy, grateful and positive. Do I care that Mystery Man and I aren’t putting a title on things? I used to for sure – but why? I have so much fun when I’m with him, we do really fun things together, we have common interests, we have fun, we laugh, we talk, we communicate, and he teaches me something new every time I hang out with him. Why would a title be necessary? It isn’t. I grateful for him and the value he’s brought into my life regardless of if it goes anywhere or if it doesn’t. I’m happy with where him and I stand and the relationship we have whether it’s platonic or something more.
Do I care that I’m starting university as a 28 year old? I am absolutely self conscious about it, but why? There are SO MANY benefits to being a mature student that when I think about it, I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience if I had done all my schooling straight out of high school. I have more focus, I have more dedication, I know this is my second time around and I’m taking it much more serious, I’m working towards something I didn’t have the confidence to pursue when I was 19 (a degree in business), I’m learning a lot more than I would have as a 19 year old, I am really learning what I personally am interested in and not what I think I should be interested in (and that is a HUGE difference by the way) and I’m setting my life up the way I want it to be done, not via an outline of how others think it should be done.
Do I care that I’m not the most accomplished 27 year old out there right now? Absolutely I did, and I have always tried to do a million things all at once to make up for it. But then I sit back and think about it, and I’ve actually done A LOT of stuff and had so many different experiences in my time that I should never ever think that I’m under-experienced!
- I worked as a conference curriculum planner for a huge fitness company straight out of college.
- I moved to Toronto at the age of 21.
- I had a serious long-term relationship that ended.
- I worked for minimum wage in one of the most expensive cities in the country.
- I landed the job I had wanted while in Toronto.
- I started a pretty successful fitness blog.
- I ran a half-marathon.
- I’ve met and connected with (and am still connected with) some of the biggest names in fitness across the world.
- I’ve dated.
- I applied and went back to school.
- I was on a college marketing team.
- I have my own apartment.
- I work full time and go to school full time.
- I saved and travelled solo to England for 5 days.
- I went on a trip to Mexico.
- I’ve learned what I do and do not want in a significant other.
- I’ve learned patience.
- I’ve learned life is about experiences and memories and having a deep connection with certain people.
- I’ve learned how to manage money, and save for the things I want.
- I’m getting a degree in Business.
- It took a while, but I’m slowly learning who my close knit circle of people are.
- I’ve learned it’s about quality and not quantity.
- I’ve learned I’m brave, fearless, and can literally do anything I want to do.
This blog totally took a turn but I had no expectations as to where I was planning on going with this. Regardless, the time has come for me to stop comparing myself to other people who I think have done way more than me with their time on this planet. I am grateful for so much and for so many people, and I am so in love with my life it’s crazy (even though I’m pretty ready for this summer school to be over), I love all of the experiences I’ve had and the people in my life that I love and everything about my life is just SO great that thinking about it makes me smile :).
What about you? Are you guilty of comparing yourself to others too? We should all make a pact and promise each other that we’ll stop, and we’ll be grateful for everything we have and thankful for the experiences that have brought us to where we are today. Deal?
PS – I think I’m going to slowly transition my blog back into a health/wellness site primarily… and have fashion take a back seat. Health and wellness is so much more who I am… I just like to be pretty and fashionable while I’m doing it ;).