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Hey y’all,

Oooh ok I’m so glad I wrote about my big goal for 2017 because now I really have to go through with it. It’s funny, today I was thinking – a year ago I was in London (remember that?!?!?! Epic trip…) and my life now is basically a 180 degree difference from what it was back then. A year ago I was barely going to the gym, I was partying probably 3ish nights of the week, and my life was all around not generally very healthy or adult. It’s so crazy to think of how far I’ve come! I’ve got my own apartment, I’m at the gym more nights per week than I’m not, I barely ever go party and waste money (and calories) and I’m in University working towards my Commerce Degree. INSANE!

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With all of that being said, I want to make some points as to why I think I fell in love with spinning, because it was a definite process. I remember my first spin class back in February and how awful it was and how badly I felt like dying. I couldn’t keep up with anyone, I didn’t know what I was doing, and of course I was sitting front row as I had joined the class last minute… basically it was pretty disastrous. Even when I got used to spinning, I was always into hills and mountains and I could never actually hit the beat of the really fast sprint and race tracks as hard as I would try. But I kept with it and eventually my legs got stronger and built up the endurance to be able to finish a race track and it was like almost the best day of my life.

I remember the time it happened. I was texting every single human I knew that spun and I was confirming with the instructor to make sure it wasn’t just me, but he said I was on beat and I held it for the whole song and I was ecstatic. That was the day I realized how much I loved it. There are other reasons too of course, let me elaborate.

It challenges you every, single time.
Spinning is one of those things that comes down to you. It can be challenging every single time because you’re in control of the resistance and difficulty of the class. If you’re having a bad day but still managed to get on the bike, maybe you keep it light, or maybe you really push yourself and take your stress out by turning the knob up higher than normal. Or maybe you’re having a really good, strong day and do the same. The stronger you get, the more resistance you can put on the bike so it never really gets “easier”. I’ve noticed that my racing and mountain resistance are both higher than they were when I first started, so each class I have to remember “Oh ya – my legs are stronger now, let’s turn it up!” and it’s so awesome! Some days I leave the bike barely being able to walk, other days maybe I wasn’t totally feeling it but still worked up a good sweat. Either way, I’m always glad I got my butt there.

It can be both an individual or a group activity.
The bike is an interesting place, because ultimately it’s all about you and your workout, but you’re in a room with a group of people who want the same as you – a kick ass workout, a serious burn in your legs, and to better themselves! Spinning is almost like a little clique and I hate that as much as I love it. I should say it’s a very welcoming clique. No one really understands unless you’ve got the spin bug, but I encourage you to go try it out and make friends with people in your class. It’s so much fun to have people you know around you and people to high five after a job well done!

It seriously sculpts your legs.
I don’t think my hamstrings have ever been so toned, even when I was running I think my glutes have gotten a bit bigger, which is good for most people but my ass was already huge to begin with so the added muscle doesn’t help. BUT there are definitely worse things and so I don’t mind that my butt grew a bit because of that. But seriously, it’s such a good leg workout as long as you keep the resistance loaded and really push yourself. YAY for defined booties! πŸ™‚

It’s so much fun!!
You can’t deny the fact that the reason people keep going back to spin class is because it really comes down to the fact that it’s so much fun! Granted, this does depend on the instructor that’s teaching, if they keep it fun or not, but I love the fact that spinning is almost like doing a dance on the bike. In the program that I’m going to be training to teach, it’s all about hitting the beat with your pedals while you’re riding and when everyone’s doing it at the same time it looks like the room is doing a dance!! I know from when I rode on stage a couple of weeks ago! I love that aspect of spinning which is why I’m so excited to instruct. Working people up with the beat and really motivating them to go hard once the beat drops, ahhhhhh I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

If you couldn’t tell I’m actually so excited to do this. I’m really excited to be someone directly responsible in helping someone change their life and live more healthy. I’m super excited to meet new people who want to get in shape and better themselves and who are happy to come see me in class every week. I think it’s going to be an amazing feeling and that’s why I want to be so great at it!!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!

Talk soon,
xxS

My Big 2017 Goal

Fitness, Wellness
November 04, 2016

Hey y’all,

I hope you’re all doing well!! If we’re friends on Facebook, you may or may not have been one of the hundreds of people who took time out of their day on Monday to wish me a happy birthday!!! So first off, I want to say thank you and it really made the whole day so much better knowing so many people were thinking about me, even for a second!

This week has been wildly busy for some reason. On Sunday, Mystery Man and I hung out all day for my birthday and part of what I wanted to do was go to Rocket Cycle again (I posted about it in my last blog) and I took a different instructor’s class this time (it was Mystery Man’s first time) and it was sooooo hard. In the morning before class started, I vividly remember telling Mystery Man that I LOVE mountains in spin, that “mountains are my thing” and so of course the universe was like “AHAHAHAHA JUST WAIT!!!” and the mountains in this class were insanity. Like, 7 minutes of standing and pushing with EVERYTHING you have in your lower body, and that was only like 2 or 3 songs into the hour-long class. There was nothing on or around me that wasn’t sweaty by the end of that class – it was amazing. Then on Monday I took the day off of work because of my birthday so I went to the gym again to check out a new spin instructor at my gym, who turned out not to be so good. Then I did my normal spin classes on Tuesday and last night, THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH SPIN IN MY LIFE IT’S NUTS.

But that leads me into my next point…

duh duh duh duhhhhhhhhhhh……….

I’m going (well hopefully) to become a spin instructor!! I KNOW RIGHT????

My instructor recommended me to his boss to teach the Les Mills program RPM and her and I have been talking and once she has some training dates, I’m going to get a “movement assessment” and then if my technique is good (Instructor says it’s “bang on”) then they’ll accept me into a weekend long training and then I’ll have 3 months to practice and learn and submit a video of me teaching an entire class to get assessed and see if I pass or need to resubmit. If I pass, then I’ll either start out with my own class (depending what time they need me to teach and whatnot) or I’ll be filling in for instructors all over until a permanent class becomes available.

OMG HOW EXCITING IS THIS?????????????????? Here’s a sizzler I found online from the newest release that was put out… it’s soooo good.

So here’s the deal, it’s going to be f*&*%& hard. My instructor is easily one of the best GoodLife instructors in the city and he’s agreed to mentor me through this and he’s probably going to kick my ass hard, but that’s good because I don’t want to be some half-ass okay instructor, I want to be GREAT! I’m so so so so excited to get back into the fitness industry and personally help people get fitter and healthier, I think that’s what’s motivating me the most! When I was in the fitness industry last time I didn’t directly influence the members or inspire people to live healthier lives, so being an instructor is going allow me to do that and hopefully I’ll really help change lives!!!! Omg this is so fantastic!!!!!!!!

It’s also going to really help develop me overall and help me get back that confidence and fearlessness that I’ve always been known to have, that since this school experience started I’ve totally hidden. It’s really something to look forward to and such an amazing influential hobby to have! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!

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I’ve totally grown to love RPM and spinning. Seriously. It’s one workout that I think I’ve grown to love more than any other. Running used to get so boring, always going out by myself to run. With spinning, it’s always in a group of like minded people who are all there to get sweaty and work hard!! It’s such an efficient workout and it’s never boring, the music and choreography changes all the time so there’s always new material. It’s sculpted my lower body much more than running did (in a good way!) and I am always so excited to hit up my next spin class. I also think it’s going to help expand my social network of people because I’m having a hard time finding workout friends so hopefully I meet a lot of fellow gym rats this way too!

So I’m trying to really get extra spin fit now, so that when I do it normally I’ll be able to also yell and be inspiring and motivating and fun and get my own spin fan club. OMG I have so many big dreams for this hahahaha, it’s so cheesy but I’m so excited.

Have you decided on any goals for 2017 as of yet??? Share share share!! πŸ™‚

Talk soon (and wish me luck!!),
xxS

Hey y’all,

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.

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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 ;).

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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.

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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.

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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!!!! πŸ™‚

Talk soon,
xxS

Hey y’all,

 

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.

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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.

BOO!!!

Talk soon,
xxS

Hey y’all,

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.

Seriously.

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!

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Back to my readings I go….

Talk soon!
xxS

Kismet x Sarah: Kismet Essentials Coco Rinse Oil Pulling

Hey y’all,

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.

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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!

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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!

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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, PinterestΒ or you can visit their website by clicking here.

Have you ever tried oil pulling before? If so, what were your results?

Talk soon!
xxS.

Hey y’all,

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.

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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.

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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!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Talk soon,
xxS

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