Monthly Archives: March 2012

What to Wear When You’re Losing Weight

So you’ve lost some weight and now your clothing is starting to look way to big on you. What do you do? Go out and buy a whole new wardrobe? You can, but if you plan on losing more weight you might want to hold off. Unless you have cash to burn, and if you do. I will e-mail you my address and you can send me a blank signed cheque. 🙂

You can still look good while losing weight, and not spend a fortune.

Click here for some tips on how to dress while you lose weight.

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Breakfast is Served!

Do you skip breakfast? If you do….bad girl…or bad boy! How else are you going to kick start your day!? Like most people I can’t eat when I first wake up, however I do get a meal in within the first hour of my day. Remember, food=fuel!

Here is a A high protein breakfast sandwich made from 2 whole wheat bread slices, 4 strips of turkey bacon, and enough egg whites to substitute for 1 egg cooked over-easy.

Ingredients
*2 whole wheat bread slices
*4 strips turkey bacon
*egg whites
*cooking oil spray

Steps
1. Put 2 bread slices in toaster.
2. Begin cooking turkey bacon on flat skillet. Prepare egg whites over-easy at the same time on another skillet.
3. Put together in a sandwich and eat. Goes well with orange juice and cranberry juice mixed together, or a fruit on the side such as a nectarine.

Sound easy!? It is!

How true!

How true!

This totally made me laugh!

This totally made me laugh!

Goal #1…check!!

A few months ago, I decided to buy a target dress for a special occassion. I made sure that it was a few sizes too small. To be honest, I kind of forgot about the dress.

I was doing a little spring cleaning the other day, and I came across the forgotten dress. So I pulled the dress out of my closest. I placed the dress on my bed, and I debated if I should try it on.

Do I? Do I not? I left the room, only to find myself walking back into the room two minutes later. The dress was calling to me. “Try me…you know you want too”.

My biggest fear was finding out that the dress did not fit. Then again, if it did not fit maybe I needed to start doing something different. So I tried it on…and it fit!! I mean it did not look perfect on me, but it fit!!! Give it a few more weeks, and it will be perfect!

Goal one down, goal two is underway…the bathing suit!

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood….now get outside!!

The weather around here has been an absolute delight! Has Spring already sprung? The days are getting longer and the sun is shining. It’s a great time to change up your workout, and take it outside.

Fitness and the fresh air go great together. I’m convinced that the colour green has a calming effect on the soul. AND not just that, but the scenery distracts you so you forget how hard you are working.

There are many advantages for exercising in the great outdoors, including increased Vitamin D (from sunshine), you don’t need any equipment, there is no commuting, plus you have the ability to exercise at any time. AND..there are no monthly fees!

Depending on your resources, there are a number of outdoor exercises that can improve muscle and cardiovascular fitness such as push-ups, pull-ups, jogging, squats, lunges, step ups, sprints, and walking. And there are perks to working out on uneven surfaces as well. (Such as hills, fields, and trails)

Papaya and Coconut Smoothie

Are you not getting enough fruits and vegetables?! I know I’m not, even though I just snack on a baggie of cucumbers. 

Smoothies are a great way to get the daily recommended value of fruits and veggies. If you have a tough time getting these into your diet this is the way to go. Try the Papaya and Coconut Smoothie!  You can also try it with fresh mangoes, pine apple and if you prefer instead of coconut milk you can do soy or almond milk.

The flax seed is also optional in the smoothie but it does have great anti inflammatory properties as well as it decreases cholesterol so take advantage of it and add it in!!

1 14oz can coconut milk
1 large fresh papaya, chopped and with no seeds
2-3 tablespoons honey
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 cups ice

Blend all the ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute and serve.

P.S 13 days until Spring!  I’m pretty stoked!! I’m going to take advantage of the great weather today, and get outside.  It’s a toss up, walk/job the stairs OR ride my bike.  Maybe I’ll ride my bike to the stairs, and then do the stairs.  Okay…maybe not!  My glutes are killing me from sissy squats and lunges on the TRX (balancing on one leg that is!)

15 Inches Down

It’s been a few weeks since I have taken my measurements, but I thought I would give it a go today. I’m down 15 inches all over. I’m pretty stoked!!

Today’s workout almost made me want to quit about 15 minutes in. I would have quit if it wasn’t for my trainer, and at one point I might have cursed at him. ha ha…he did kind of deserve it. But I couldn’t have done it without him.

Today I realized that I miss doing circuit training. I haven’t done circuit training in over 3 years. Why!? Well the last time I did any kind of circuit, I was at Cross Fit. Which I absolutely LOVED. Why did I stop? I locked my back during Cross Fit one day. Boooooooo, I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone.

Here was today’s workout

Circuit One
Chest Press- 40 pounds
Squat- 40 pounds
Jerk n’ Press- 40 pounds
Leg Lifts

Set one- 20 reps
Break
Set Two- 20 reps, no break than 15 reps
Break
Set Three- 20 reps, no break, 15 reps, no break, 10 reps

Circuit Two
Wall Squats w/ a ball (This was originally suppose to be TRX squats)
Battle Ropes
Oblique Exercise
Bent Over Back Row

Set one- 20 reps
Break
Set Two- 20 reps, no break than 15 reps
Break
Set Three- 20 reps, no break, 15 reps, no break, 10 reps

Regardless of how I felt during the workout, I am glad that I didn’t quit. Post workout, I felt amazing!! I felt even more amazing after taking an Epsom Salt bath. LOL

I had a member at the gym come up to me after my workout. He was impressed at how hard I was working this morning, and I’m not going to lie. It was nice that he noticed, it made me feel like I accomplished something today.

I feel awesome now, but let’s see how I feel tomorrow when I have to crawl everywhere. lol