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Healthy Living: My Story

Hey guys! So you might notice that my blog is going through a bit of a change. Where I still find outfit posts fun I find it hard to keep up with when I’m trying to balance school, work, and keeping up with my fitness.

Fitness and health in general has always been a huge passion of mine and I am finding more and more people asking me about what I eat in a day or my fitness routine. That’s why I’ve decided to switch gears a little bit.

I thought I should start by telling you a little bit about my history and what got me started on this journey in the first place. About 5 years ago I was working out 4x a week and eating relatively healthy, but I wasn’t seeing any results. On top of that I suddenly started getting very ill to the point that every morning I would wake up nauseous that usually ended with me vomiting (I know TMI but I’m being completely honest!) I had my stomach scoped and biopsied to find out it was very inflamed. I had to figure out what foods upset my stomach and really clean up my eating or I was at risk of developing stomach ulcers.

So through hit and miss I know now I have to avoid foods like pork (bacon especially for some reason), milk products (in large quantities), and too much caffeine. I have learned a lot over the years about acidic and alkaline foods and really enjoy coming out with healthy recipes for my sensitive stomach.

After figuring out how my stomach works I am so much healthier and happier. I believe in everything in moderation however and treating yourself. I’m not one of those people that full paleo and won’t eat any junk food ever. I’ll be real, I do go out and eat food that is generally deemed “bad” for you. I don’t do it often though and really notice a difference in how I feel afterwards. I’m usually pretty sluggish and feel bloated after which isn’t an enjoyable feeling. But if I’m going out with friends and we end up going out for dinner at a place that’s less than healthy I’m not going to sit there and worry about it or not eat right? Never miss out on time with friends because you’re worried about “set backs” or “falling off track”.

The food I’m eating has also caused so many changes in my workout routines. I notice changes in my physique a lot faster and recover a lot faster!

Anyway that’s a little summary of how I got to the point I’m at now. Tell me your stories! I want to hear about you too!

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BBG Review: Is it really worth it?

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the very popular workout by fitness instagrammer/personal trainer Kayla Itsines. She started a global movement a few weeks back having her entire following start the workout together on the same day. I too have been taking part and am currently on week 9. Kayla has an app that is compatible with Apple Watch as well as books you can buy to follow the workout plan…but is it really worth it?

First of all what is it?: Basically the plan follows three strength training days and three low intensity cardio days (LISS). On the strength training days you run through two different circuits of four different moves which you do as many of as you can for 7 minutes. You do each circuit twice. So basically it’s a 28 minute long workout (if you don’t include the breaks). LISS is a form of cardio you can do on a treadmill, eliptical, bike, etc. Kayla herself recommends walking or walking on a treadmill for the best results. You should maintain a steady heart rate in your “cardio burn” ratio (you can use a fitness tracker or online calculator to figure out where this is for you) and go for about 45 minutes.

The cost: This is what everyone always wants to know! To download the app and follow the planner it will cost you about $5 a month for the duration that you use it. A lot of people prefer this because it’s easier and everything you need to access your workout of the day is right there. The other option is downloading the eBook. The eBook is about $72CAD for just the workouts (per version as there are now two). If you also want to follow her meal plan it will bump it up to $122CAD. You can totally do these workouts at home but the farther you progress the more equipment you will need…so lets be honest…you’ll probably need a gym membership too.

So is it worth it? This is the real question! I opted to download the book because to me it was less of a commitment than having money taken out of my bank account every week. Also, I now have the PDF and can do the program as many times as I’d like too. I also don’t follow the food plan as I have my own food plan that I try and stick to.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been giving this my 100%. I try to put my all into the workouts but sometimes modify it if I’m not feeling up to it. The last little while I haven’t been eating the best either…but guess what? I’m still seeing results. I’ve never been able to see my abs as much as I have since starting this workout, even with the candy I’ve been chowing down on. I have noticed a difference in my waist especially. I’m down an inch and a half in my waist and I’m only on week 9. I feel slimmer and stronger and I actually really love this program. To me it is completely worth it to feel more confident in my own body and to feel victorious as I complete workouts that seem so scary when you first start. This program is hard, it’s easy to want to give up, but if you stick to it to the best of your ability you’re sure to see results.

The other thing I love about this program is the community. Go on Instagram and search #bbgcommunity and see for yourself. Millions of women are supporting each other and lifting each other up. This is how it should be! There are also a number of Facebook groups you can join to hold you accountable and to reach out to if you have any questions or concerns.

All of this is of course my opinion. You might think it’s ridiculous to spend $72 on a eBook but that’s totally up to you. I’ve already downloaded BBG 2.0 that I am looking forward to starting after this round is complete. Anyone else currently doing BBG? If you are let me know! I love chatting with you BBG ladies! <3

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Fitness, Lifestyle

Bouldering: What to Expect

Scott and I went bouldering for the first time today! Bouldering is always something I’ve wanted to try and my brother was telling me about this spot about an hour away from us so we knew we had to go. Bouldering is essentially rock climbing on walls that are shorter with bends and boulder shapes jutting out of them. It’s supposed to mimic actual outdoor rock climbing and you climb without a harness. Sounds terrifying but is SO FUN!

When we got there we had to do a quick crash course on how to fall properly (should it come to that) and then we were good to go. There are small walls, tall walls, and different “routes” that are colour coated and ranked for difficulty. The first time I climbed up one of the higher walls I was absolutely terrified. You hit a point where you realize you’ve gone too far to fall comfortably and just hang on with all your might and make it to the top. This particular wall you could climb up and on top of (called “topping off”) and then use a slide to get back down. I loved this because it saved my poor arms from having to carry me back down the wall.

We were there for a bout an hour and a half before my arms were too tired to haul me up even the simplest of routes. I actually felt gutted that we had to leave because I was having so much fun. I will 100% be back to play again and hear they are actually opening a place in my city, which I’m thrilled about! You should for sure give bouldering a try. If you’re in Ontario Canada (specifically the GTA area) I’d like to give a shout out to the Hub in Markham for being awesome. Go there for sure!

xoxo

Sarah

Fitness

Spin Class: What To Expect

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Hey guys! When a friend first mentioned going to a spin class with me I was terrified. I imagined a class full of model-esk women all biking in sync and me struggling to keep up and looking like a fool. I finally sucked it up because curiosity got the best of me.

As it turns out it was a class of women AND men at various ages and athletic ability. The instructor is great at pushing you but letting you go at your own pace. The best part is that no one know how hard (or how little) you’re working but you!

If you’re curious about trying a spin class here are some tips for you:

  1. First and foremost check ask the instructor before class how to adjust your bike. It took me three classes (and the instructor pointing it out) to figure out how to get my bike to a position that was comfortable to me. Don’t make the same mistake I did and make it easier on yourself right away!
  2. Don’t pay attention to what anyone else is doing. Like I said, you’re the only one who knows what resistance level you’re at. Make sure you push yourself but you don’t have to compete with the person next to you.
  3. Bring a towel and a bottle of water! Bringing water is pretty much a given. I didn’t take the towel thing seriously at first because I’m not generally a sweaty person. But hoo-boy does a good spin class make you sweat!
  4. Your butt is going to hurt for a few days. My first class was rough because I have a bony butt and had trouble getting comfortable on the seat. It also hurt to sit on it for a few days! I thought about getting a padded bike seat (which is an option!) but other people in the class told me I’d get used to it. Sure enough it doesn’t hurt anymore!
  5. Clean your equipment. When you’re done the class grab a paper towel and a cleaning product and wipe down your equipment. Remember the sweat I mentioned? The next person to sit on that bike doesn’t want to sit in your sweat, just like you wouldn’t want to sit in theirs!

Have you ever tried a spin class? Did you like it?

xoxo,

Sarah