Category: Fitness

Time to get Serious!

*This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program , however all opinions expressed are my own . 

Oh boy , it is time to take this marathon training up a notch! 

I have successfully run yet another 100+ mile month 

  106 miles so far and the month is not over yet . Most of these miles have been run in the warm environment at GoodLife Fitness but it is time I get back to some Early Sunday morning runs . This means 5am wake ups and headlamps but it has to be done as treadmill miles are great but nothing beats those quiet runs on asphalt. 

I will still incorporate hill training and trails into these runs but if this is how my trails are going to look – I better wait 

  This is pure ICE and yes I fell multiple times! Spring weather has got to be coming soon , right???? 

The GoodLife Fitness Marathon is fast approaching ( 39 days) eeeekkkkk and this girl needs to up her game ! 

My plans , seeing as I never really had any , are to now go to GoodLife Fitness in the am for some “speed work” on the mill and then run in the evenings – short distances but with hills and bridges . 

Sounds like a decent plan ! 

So here is to Happy Training for all of us who are crazy enough to run 26.2 miles just for fun . 

What’s in your gym bag ?

* This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program , however all opinions expressed are my own . 

What’s in your gym bag ? Does it weigh a ton like mine? Do you carry your life in it , just in case ? Let’s take a peak in my bag 

Of course I use my handy dandy GoodLife Fitness bag , so what’s in there?

Well for starters , my hydration kit! I always use the Orangemud bottle while on the treadmill because it’s easy to grab and drink from while running. Then I have my Vega shaker for my post workout shake. I bring a big towel as well because they don’t supply them at the gym . 

I usually eat a Vega protein bar before my workout , drink the Sugar Free Pre Workout during and top it off with a shake! 

Underneath the towel , which was neatly folded lies this mess . My favorite Mizuno shoes for the treadmill , assorted headbands, shampoo, makeup bag , headphones , Spibelt and a resistance band for assisted pull ups. 

I keep my change of clothes in their as well because I wear my gym clothes to the gym , I lay them out the night before so I am ready to go ! 

So tell me , what’s in your bag ? 

I have a marathon to train for !

*This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program , however all opinions expressed are my own .

Heck yeah I do !

This girl right here will be running the 2015 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon

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After my miserable , horrible despicable Las Vegas marathon I swore off doing anymore road marathons and I was only running trails from now on ! Period !

So what changed my mind ?
I love this race and I love Toronto and there is absolutely no better way to experience the city than by running all over it !
I ran the half marathon in 2013 and I loved the course . You can check out my recap here
Race Recap

I have decided that this fast , downhill course is perfect for my big comeback !
This ginormous dinner plate medal kinda gets me excited too – this is the biggest most badass medal I’ve ever seen and it will be mine .

So now I have a solid 12 weeks to train for this event and sadly most of it will be on the treadmill due to horrendous winter conditions out there .
I do however enjoy fully the atmosphere at my GoodLife Fitness facility in Belleville which will make the training go much better .

Now to buckle down and write a training plan – Lets Do This !

GoodLife : I Heart Exercise Challenge

*This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program , however all opinions expressed are my own.

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February is Heart Month and the folks at GoodLife Fitness have teamed up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to host a Healthy Heart Challenge – a 28 day opportunity to increase your heart health.

You can join this challenge over on Facebook by clicking this link

GoodLife Heart Challenge

I may have a giveaway going on this month too so stay tuned .

Here’s to a Happy Heart !

Not Lifting Enough?

* This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own .

My whole theory on lifting is that if you can easily breeze through a workout – you are not challenging yourself enough.
When I was doing Crossfit 6x a week that motivation was always there as you had a group of people pushing you.
I am doing my Simply Shredded program at GoodLife Fitness and I am motivated enough , but not “challenged” enough.
So it’s time to up my game .

The program I was on had me doing 2 upper body , 2 lower body and 2 cardio sessions- BUT there were only 5 lifts in each routine. I was banging these out in 20 minutes with no issues. I thought about increasing the weight but the program doesn’t want you to increase until week 5 – when reps get decreased.
So I went on the hunt to add more to this lift schedule with a decrease in leg workouts and I am going to be playing around with it over the next few weeks until I feel like I have a solid structured program .

My cardio is still on point as this is never an issue.

I have yet to attend the RPM ( spin class ) at GoodLife Fitness but it is on my list of “must try” things !

I am going to still keep challenging myself , lifting heavier and trying group activities this year .

2015 is the year of new beginnings !

Biggest Loser FAIL !

Ok , I really needed to get this off my chest !

I will Never watch this show again!
In the beginning it started out like a really good program but it has turned into a huge mess!

I can 100% comment on this because I know what it is like to be 284lbs !

There is no way in HELL that Rachel did not “starve ” herself to win $$$$$

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It is simple math – she would of had to significantly reduce her calorie intake to go from 260 lbs to 105??? Seriously , this is what you want to promote to your already self conscious viewers ? Yeah you can do it to folks – all you have to do is eat 1000 calories a day and workout for 6 hrs ! Easy peasy right !
I am so flabbergasted over her transformation , she looked emaciated!
Have a look at this pic

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That is what 144lbs gone looks like – no hanging facial skin and sunken eyes and cheek bones !
Healthy and happy ! No I did not win a shit ton of money , what I did win was LIFE!

NBC needs to rethink their promotion of healthy living in my humble opinion. My children will never watch it as I’d rather instill proper nutritional guidelines and workout regimes.

This post is purely my own opinion and I gather I will receive both positive and negative feedback, and that’s ok.

So now that I’ve just finished my 5 mile run , drank my protein recovery drink and fuel up with a post run salad with protein I’m going to reflect on my own journey and be thankful that I have Won the Biggest Loser – Inkdgirl Style !

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There has been a lot of talk about body shaming since the finale and here is my thoughts.

Yes people will body shame the “fat” and the “skinny ” however, when you purposely lose weight and become ultra skinny you set yourself up for such comments. Naturally thin women take heat for having a metabolism we could only hope for , but people who willingly and knowingly force themselves into such thinness can be judged. Did I body shame Rachel , yup sure did. Criticize her results , yup sure did. Why ? Because the whole purpose of losing weight and getting fit is for your health and she exemplifies all things gone wrong !
My own opinion is that the number on the scale is a liar and I do not ever go by what I should weigh based on BMI charts , if I feel strong and healthy then I am winning.

Please take everything with a grain of salt, everyone’s journey is different and to each his own .

So , I pulled a plane today !

Yeah you read that right!

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That guy – a Hercules aircraft!
Ok ok it wasn’t just me ,clearly !
This event was happening

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Our local air base CFB Trenton was sponsoring this event and there were 20 teams registered today. My team consisted of members from my box Crossfit Belleville. There were 20 of us ready to pull this bad boy.
First we had to do a warm up and it was a joke ! The event hosted the warm up and it was definitely not a Crossfit warm up !

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Next up – team photo

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The Hercules measures in at 97, spans 132 feet and weighs 90,770 lbs!

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Look at us go

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We did not make it to the finals as our time was 23 seconds to pull it 25m ! I’m thinking we rocked!

Here is the link from the coverage today
Herc Pull

Gearing up for my first “Real” Crossfit Competition

Ok , not going to lie but I’m kinda freaking out about this!!!

Way back in March I “competed “in the Crossfit Games Open . I use the term competed loosely as I was a newbie Crossfitter and had only been at it since January!

I did ok , not awesome , but ok. I look back at what I had to do and realize I have progressed so much since then. I do feel pretty confident in my lifts and practice techniques as much as I can .

Here is our competition

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We have teams of 4 – 2 guys , 2 girls
One member must be a member of the law enforcement , military or emergency services division. Cool right!
Today they posted the WOD’s

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My eyes lit up when I saw Deadlifts!! You know I love to Deadlift!

Good thing we practiced them today

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Prior to this WOD we maxed out our deadlifts 2x2x2x2x2x2x2
I made it to 225 before coach called it . We videotaped my lift and worked on form , I did not pr today – current 240lb deadlift stands.

After this skill we did a 7 minute EMOM of 165lb deadlifts x 2 .

Felt great !

I RX’d the WOD at 155lbs making it to 8 rounds in 6 minutes. Once finished , we had a cash out of drop sets of pull up and handstand push ups . So , I had to do 8,7,6,5, etc of each. Guess what isn’t healing after today

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It was just starting to heal! CrossFit problems!

I felt pretty good after today and still managed to get my running training in

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Yes I matched my new Swirl Gear shirt to my Mizunos tonight!

So stay tuned for competition updates and Friday I will be enjoying a Rest Day and carbo loading!

Stay strong friends !

CrossFit – I’m back Bitches!

That’s right – I’m back at it full time!

I have not been super dedicated to my Box in the past 2 weeks due to my horrific busy work schedule , but last Friday I made it back to the Box!
It was a rest day from running (according to my training plan) so I figured – perfect lets go lift some heavy sh*t. This is what was waiting for me

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Wtf!! Seriously – 4.2 km of running! Oh man ! Change of training plans!
I felt so good I knew I was going back for Saturdays partner WOD
It was a good one too – lots of thrusters, overhead squats and snatches! We killed it !

I stuck to my running schedule pretty diligently this week and I ran my last 3 miles of week 3 on Sunday, and boy was my back sore from all those lifts on Saturday! No pain no gain right!

My plan for week 4 of training is to still cross training as many days as possible without sacrificing the runs.
Today’s plan is for stretch and strength – consider it done with this workout

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Oh my ! That’s a ton of pull ups , look what I got for being so awesome on the bar

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I also made sure I did RX weight for the thrusters to 75lbs! I’m trying to teach myself to push harder, you do t have to finish first – you just have to finish!
I was spent after this

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First thing I do post WOD is chug down a GNC egg protein but I found this plant based powder at Costco and thought I’d give it a whirl

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PUKE!!!! It was disgusting – being a veggie girl I’m going to stick with eating my plants and not trying to drink them!

I’m happy to be back at my Box and I know they all missed my shenanigans , but don’t worry I will not neglect my run training ever! Priorities !

Have a great day friends

Running in the HEAT sucks!

Omg how do we do this? Summer running/training is the most demonic torturous exercise ever!
I start my half training in 2 weeks and I am pretty sure I’m going to die, yep die! It has consistently been over 30 degrees here, closer to 40 with the humidex and I want to barf! I love running in the heat with the sun on me but when my lungs are puking at mile 2 – I am a mess!
I headed out after 6pm last night because I thought it had to be getting cooler- wrong!

Look at me

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I was only at mile 2 in this pic and I was at 21 minutes of my run! I am a sweaty mess! I did have some gorgeous skies to look at

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Here I am hiding out under the bridge to get the dang sun off me for a minute

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I drank my hug of amino’s well before the end of mile 4 and when I got home I was super dehydrated

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Look at that time – brutal

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NO negative splits here

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I downed a bottle of water and this awesome stuff ASAP

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That helped, but so did these

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I was spent! Threw on my Zensah sleeves and called it a night!

Today I felt I wasn’t quite hot enough so I went to the Box for a Major nooner sweatfest

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That is a lot of reps, count em!

Prior to that WOD I did however PR my back squat

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So for all you people suffering with this heatwave . I am feeling it for ya too!

Stay cool peeps

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