Commit to get fit!

In the last few weeks I have really thought about personal training and helping motivate others. While this does not exactly fit into my schedule I’ve decided to be an online coach and help people through here!

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask away!

I have a facebook group dedicated to motivating others and sharing inspiration

Motivational Facebook Page!

I would love it if you joined in the conversation 🙂

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Perfection

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We all live in a world where the desire to be perfect is a daily thing.

The desire for most consumes us. Whether you’re a single mom trying to give her kids everything the other children at school have, or you’re the 30- something woman trying to blast that fat away and be as thin as the 20-something’s in your office.  You could be the man in the boardroom boasting about his new car, when truly you cannot afford to pay for it. We are all striving for this ideal life, lifestyle, body, house, vacation etc… What for?

Are we honestly striving for these “perfect” things. These things that are so minor, no one else really cares. In all fairness, I think the only thing we are truly doing is being fake. Trying to be something you’re not, or trying to do something beyond your means to make yourself look as you want to, is not real life.

Have you ever thought that the neighbour that just bought a summer house may have a failing marriage, a long term illness, or just no fulfilment out of life? Have you ever thought the girl at work you envy because she’s so well dressed and has the perfect body could have an eating disorder? Maybe she’s lonely, maybe she has no family, maybe just maybe she too is striving to be something she is not.

The idea of perfection exists, but only because people choose to believe it. It’s non existential, it doesn’t have to exist. It doesn’t have to consume your world. We are all human, each one different from the next, no two are the same. Why would you want to be the same as everyone else?

I chose to write this today because I too am not “perfect” truth be told I don’t even know what “perfect” is. How can one really know. To me, it’s imaginary. It’s what we dream of when we are truly at peace with ourselves, but in the end it’s just a dream.

Life would be boring if everyone had a million dollar home, 2.5 kids, white picket fence, and a Lamborghini in the driveway. If every mother had to stay home, take her kids to soccer and dance class, while her husband was at work. Life wouldn’t include living at all.

So today, this is for all of you that live beyond your means, try to be something you truly don’t want to be, buy things you don’t have the money for, and all of you who strive to impress everyone you walk past. Stop. There is no point to this madness. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind, don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.

It’s because of people like this who “pretend” in life that the future generations think the way they do. We don’t have to see young girls upset over their weight plastering make-up on so they will be accepted. We don’t have to see young boys stealing from stores because they don’t have the same things as the other kids at school. That little boy has a single dad that’s working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and that little girl has a mother who spends 3 hours in the gym trying to achieve her “perfect” body.

To the world, you are just one person. Make it count. Don’t be like everyone else, don’t strive to be something you don’t want to be. Be you and be true to yourself. In the end, fancy cars, boats, summer houses, white picket fences, perfect bodies etc mean nothing. When you’re gone you’re gone and let me tell you something…. When you’re gone people don’t remember the materialistic things you had or how you had such a nice body. They remember you, for you. The true you that no one’s ever going to really know if you keep playing this pretend life.

Keep it real.

….And that was the day I thought I would kick my own butt.

Water. You need it. Drink it, lot’s of it. If you decide not to, suffer the consequences like I did.

So last night I decided I really wanted to kick my butt at the gym (last week I had a wisdom tooth pulled and I was out of the gym for 5 days thanks to that) Needless to say, I wanted to really amp it up, to make up for lost time.

I did abs, arms and a little cardio with a friend but she had to leave early. I decided I would stay and start making up for last week. I ended up there for an additional 45 mins! It was great, I felt awesome and I was doing so well!

Until I got home. On comes the massive headache, feeling slightly dizzy, hungry, and exhausted all at the same time. I knew I had failed myself. I should have watched how much water I was drinking, I clearly did not have enough. I have trouble drinking while I’m working out, my sensitive tummy gets upset if I drink too much. This being said, I did drink a whole giant bottle but that wasn’t going to make the cut.

I hope to be able to teach you guys from my mistakes, it’s so easy to forget to drink more water. I drink it all day, but when you endure such great physical exertion you really need to stay hydrated through the day, or suffer the killer headache after.

This is what my Polar FT7 said when I was finished, new personal record!

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Apple & Cinnamon Detox

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So yummy and 0 calories! Pass up the crystal light and diet coke and opt for something great like this. Not only will it boost your metabolism, its tasty!

1 Apple-sliced, 1 Cinnamon Stick. Can refill water 3-4 times before re-filling….Calories: 0, Fat: 0, Fiber: 0, Protein: 0, Carbs: 0

Enjoy!

Those lovely plateaus.

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The dreaded word. Plateau. You’ve been doing great, you consistently see weight and inches coming off for weeks and then all of a sudden it comes to a screeching halt!! What now? This is the most critical time that you stick with it, don’t give up!! Don’t give in to those dreaded plateaus.

So now the question is…. How do I fix it?

Well this is easy. It won’t seem easy but it truly is. Your body has become used to the way things are. If you’re working out 3-4 times per week and sticking to your 1600 calorie intake eventually this too becomes routine and will stop working. In order to solve this issue we need to change things up!

Here’s some ideas:

Re-evaluate what you’re eating. Are you hitting all your macros? Maybe you always hit your calorie goal but you aren’t getting enough fat in your diet. Small changes can lead to big results. If we deprive our body from things it needs it will use other things to fill the void.

Calorie cycling is another thing you can do. Example; if you follow a 1600 calorie diet, you can cycle between a 2000 calorie day and a 1200 calorie day. This will sort of “trick” your body so to speak but you’re still getting what you need. Try this for 2-3 weeks and see if you notice a change.

Change your calorie intake. If you find that you’re working out a lot and eating well try increasing your calories. I would bump it up 200 to start. What more of us don’t realize is that our body could be having issues getting by on such a low calorie intake. I bumped mine up by 200 and started losing again.

Change your workouts! If you typically go to the gym and do the same thing every time you may need to change your workout. Try a new cardio machine, use some free weights, take a zumba class! Anything to switch it up!

I hope this helped you guys! Plateaus can be frustrating but if you can push through it the results will be worth it. No one said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it.

Cell phones in the gym.

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This is a tough topic to discuss because there really is no right answer. The gym you work out at may even try and deter you from bringing your phone!

I for one bring mine, its my iPod as well so I need it to listen to music. I can admit I reply to the odd text too if I’m doing cardio (and it’s relatively easy) Now I can also admit I leave it in the locker if I don’t want to be annoyed. I have found that I work way harder without the phone as a distraction, even with no music.

Now the pet peeves… If you are going to bring your phone to workout I won’t hold it against you but do not do the following:

Tie up equipment to text

Sit on equipment (not using at all) to use your phone

Make a call (seriously?! I don’t want to know how your girlfriends day was)

Listen to music without headphones

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. If you have enough time to update your status or “check-in” at the gym, you are not working hard enough.

Also! Don’t bring your starbucks to the gym! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a girl walking around with a fricken coffee in the gym. Seriously? This isn’t gossip girl, time to catch up on the weeks hot juicy details. Don’t bother going if you’re planning on sipping your latte the whole time. I wrote the starbucks post for you guys so you could enjoy a treat, but not at the gym!

/end rant here.