I know, get in line Christie – you're one in about a billion people who think Jennifer Lawrence is just so darn cool. I just want to be her friend so badly haha!!
:: It is completely refreshing to see a healthy, happy, honest person in Hollywood ::
This week Matt and I had a night off together – which happens about as often as a lunar eclipse. We both loved the first Hunger Games movie so we decided to go out on a mid-week date night and watch Catching Fire. I loved it. So great – even better than the first movie. We got home and I immediately downloaded the third book on our (well technically Matt's) kindle.
The movie was amazing but what also impressed me was how awesome Katniss is as a role model. I love that we are cheering for a healthy sized not plastic character. Love it. Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely my fitspiration this week. If you have some time this weekend go see the movie!! Five stars.
I have some fresh meat at Bod Squad this month … nothing better!!
And in the beginning most newbies come with wide eyes and hearts pumping with excitement! So cute. They've heard the workouts are fun and hard, but they really aren't totally sure what they are in for. The number one question I get from them is how should I pace myself through a workout?
Believe me it is never my goal to make someone sick after a workout. Every time it happens I do feel a little guilty, but then I get over that quickly! I personally have never thrown up after exercise, I would probably pass out before that happened but that's just how my body responds to intense pain. In Bod Squad's three year history I have lost count at how many times I've made people lose their lunches. Man, sorry guys! But I do love a hard worker.
Here's my take on the whole pace game: as a trainer I'd way rather you try and push yourself a little too hard once or twice than be someone who coasts through every workout and just sets cruise control below their potential. It is easy to default to easy in a workout. If you go so hard on round one that you can't do round two day one I'm happier than if you do 100 rounds at less than your best.
When I was rowing in high school one of our guest coaches was Olympian champion rower Marnie McBean. She talked with our team before a race one day and said something that has stuck with me ever since. She said that on a scale of 1 – 10, ten being death and one being life the highest number you will reach just with sport alone is about a four. Her point was clear to me – you're not going to kill yourself during a workout so you might as well dig deep and go.
At Bod squad it is amazing to be able to watch the progress of first timers to the now veterans in the group. What used to be the entire workout is now just the warm-up for many of them! I know working as a team they push themselves that much more at each and every workout and it is really starting to show. Pretty soon some of them are going to be training me!
So the next time you're in the gym try taking it up just one notch; bump your run speed up .5 mph, lift 5 lbs more than you normally would and see what happens. I'm convinced that we are all a little stronger than we give ourselves credit for. And there is no better feeling than surprising yourself and crushing goals. Go get em tigers!
Not going to lie, I am a massive fan of the show, "Say Yes to the Dress".
:: Bride got back! This was my second-runner up dress ::
Even before I was engaged my stylish, and very bridal enthusiastic, sister Lindsay mentioned a trip visiting the mecca itself – Kleinfelds in New York City – and the idea of that was really exciting. Basically the day after we announced our engagement Lindsay was on the phones booking New York appointments – best maid of honour ever! I would have probably just thought we could walk right on in!
Matt and I for the past two years have visited friends in Manhattan during the November long weekend so this year my family heard about our trip and booked themselves to come along dress shopping! Of course they were welcome with open arms carrying bridal magazines.
Before New York we wanted to gain some perspective so we first went to a few stores in Toronto – everything from a custom dress shop, to a fancy store in Yorkville, to budget bridal stores. My family was awesome taking pictures of me and filming my "walk down the aisle" in the store, which was a great idea to see how the dresses moved! The custom shop was cool but for my high school prom I had a HORRIBLE custom dress experience that left me never ever wanting anything custom ever again. The designer insisted I order a size 14, which I was a bit bigger in high school but not that much bigger. When the dress was ready I tried it on and I looked like a fat mermaid complete with fins,litterally there were fin-like ruffles on the bum of the dress. It was terrible and I vowed to myself then and there that buying dresses off the rack is the way to go. So the custom idea was out and the other stores we checked out seemed ok but I wanted to see what New York had to offer.
I went to New York with an idea of the dresses I wanted and there we only visited very high end stores, I'm talking 5k+ per dress – which from years of watching bridal shows I had been totally brainwashed into believing that basically that's what you HAD to spend if you wanted any dress that was half decent. Spoiler alert: turns out luckily that's totally false information.
I found two dresses that I loved in New York. One was an Oscar de la Renta which was absolutely beautiful but I feared for my conservative country-man groom that it would be a little too avant-garde for his taste. The second dress contender I found at Kleinfelds and I loved it but it was over my budget and after I learned that I would have to pay additional tax on top of the dress to get it home then find a tailor to alter it here I decided to pass on it. A dress is after all just that – a dress!
Anyway I went back to the first store we shopped at in Toronto – Ferre Sposa – and I feel in love with a dress that I had originally tried on about a month ago. I wrote about my initial disappointment with the initial bridal shopping trips in my blog here. I admittingly didn't give the dresses much of a chance the first time we looked because I wasn't totally prepared for what the experience would be like. Going back I went with my game-face on, I knew what to expect and I was ready to pull the trigger and make a purchase! I brought three girlfriends with me, my "panel" and they were adorable, so great to have them be completely supportive. After 10 minutes I said yes to the dress at a price tag of less than 1/5th of my original budget! I have shoes that cost more than this dress!! I absolutely love my dress and the best part is I don't feel like I've compromised in the slightest. The designer for those of you who are in the market is La Sposa – a designer from Barcelona.
Running this business has really re-taught me the value of a dollar and made me realize what is important to me and what isn't. I work freaking hard for $5,000 and when I feel like it will make me a better person, business woman, friend whatever I'm happy to spend money. When it won't I'm not going to spend it just because it was allowed. The dress is where I decided to hold back a bit and I'm really glad I did.
Bottom line: spend the money on the things that will be most important to you. You can find an absolutely beautiful dress for under $1,500. As much as "Say Yes to the Dress" is an amazing show don't let it trap you into thinking you need to spend an arm and a leg to be happy!
Have a lovely long and lean lady on your arm and looking for some gift ideas?! You have come to the right blog!
Here are my top picks this Christmas for female fitness fanatics like myself. I've gifted myself or have been gifted a few things on this list and love them! My favourite gift however is always time with friends and family! The best gift to give a fitness bunny is to join them in their natural habitat!! Gift them a yoga class, run together, spin class, there's nothing like sweating together.
Lululemon run inspire crop II: These are my all-time favourtie lululemon piece … and believe me I've owned a few pairs in my day! At last count I have six versions of this crop! I love the fit of these crops and the way they make your bum look is just unbeatable in my mind. They also work well no matter what time of year.
Nike Free TR in leopard: These are so much fun! I love the leopard print and I swear nice shoes make me move faster!
Toe Sox: These are great for a Pilates or yoga class. If you are like me and have sweaty paws these are perfect because they help grip the mat and they look pretty cool too!
Timex Watch: Tried and true. I love my durable and sleek watch. I wear this everyday and it's my training buddy. I have tried others but nothing beats this classic.
Fitness books: I love reading athletic biographies, I find them so inspiring. I was so impressed with Andre Agassi's book, the writing was beautiful and his story was surprisingly hugely moving.
The 4-Hour Body is a great book that always gets me thinking about fitness. Although I don't agree with everything in the book I do love that it's a thought provoker.
Michi Sports Bra: Black. Mesh. Sexy. Pretty much sums up this brand all in one. I love her sports bras and mesh leggings.
Pedicure: a great gift for any active girl … especially the runners in your life! This will for sure be used and appreciated!
:: Cutest couple in matching stripes! Liana and Alan ::
When I first met Alan and Liana last summer they pulled up to Bod Squad not knowing anybody or what they were really signing up for! The very first workout Alan managed to finish the warm-up before he had to sit under a tree for the remainder of the class. Liana was unable to walk for the rest of the week!
Now they are consistently blowing me away with their progress. Alan jumped up a 5 ft box last week and Liana has mastered full push-ups. They try hard every class and are so supportive of each other and everyone around them. Love this little team! It has been an honour watching them grow and I love the energy they bring to the class. Thanks for being so great guys!! I'm sure your entire class will agree this award is well deserved!!