Blogger Fitness Challenge, Summer 2017

The main aspect of blogging that I am still here for is the community. So, when I sat down and thought about the fact that my blogging might be cutting down on my exercise/ fitness time, I figured that there may be other bloggers who feel the same way. I could have simply written this down in a notebook but I figured that I would share this if anyone else is interested!

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How to Quit Drinking Pop

So, I’m doing my best to avoid drinking pop (aka soda… aka carbonated beverages…) currently, in my bid to take better care of myself and focus on my health. It’s tough because I do love Cherry Coke and Vanilla Coke (and Cherry Vanilla Coke) but I limit myself to when I go out for dinner, which isn’t very often. I don’t drink it that often but I do have patterns that I drink it with certain meals- it’s a harder habit to break than I thought it would be. It turns out, I’ve had to be more creative than I thought with how I’m approaching it…

How To Quit Pop

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From Class to Stage, Part III: Performance

I’ve been so excited to write this post, the final in my series on ballet! Today is all about the performance, the end goal, what arguably everyone associates ballet with. I think that a lot of people have been to the ballet at least once (or a play/ musical/ opera/ symphony), and have some understanding on what is going on from the audience side. However, everything behind the stage? It usually stays backstage. It is much like the duck on water; floating along calmly on top, with feet moving incredibly quickly and chaotically beneath the water. Without further adieu, a day of performance!

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From Class to Stage, Part II: Dress Rehearsal

Welcome back to the second part of my series on my experiences with ballet! Last week was all my ballet class experience, what I do to get ready, what I need for class, and what goes on in a class. This week is all about dress rehearsal, something not usually seen by “outsiders”. It is sometimes a little hectic and chaotic, there is a lot of warming up and continual movement, and there are usually quite a few mistakes. However, a bad dress rehearsal means that it will be a good show!

From Class to Stage- (1)

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Quick Question Tuesday

Back again with another quick question! I’m trying my hardest to get back into my exercise groove and while some days I have less motivation than others, I’m still getting to the gym and to my yoga mat and putting in the hours. Running, Zumba, yoga, and ballet are keeping me moving right now.However, I’m always looking for more ideas, which leads me to my quick question of the day… Continue reading

I Need Help Being Healthy…

Today’s post isn’t a list or recommendations or instructions, but rather it’s just what is going on with me fitness-wise. I’ve really struggled in the last 5-6 months to find the motivation to exercise; work is incredibly draining and life is hectic and I’m having a really hard time motivating myself to get off my butt and do something. I find that a lot of people are into that motivated state of mind right now, and I’m hoping that writing about it is going to force some accountability… Continue reading

Motivate Yourself to Move!

I find that this is the time of the year that we all start to burrow; depending on how far north you are, it is actually getting cold. Frost and snow are making an appearance, the winds are a’whistling, and the heat might not be on everywhere. (Dear offices, please turn on your heat with Canadian Thanksgiving. That can be your tiny favour to us popsicles who are dying a slow, frozen death.) In addition to making a cinnamon bun-bed and burning through Netflix- we all need to rewatch Gilmore Girls before the premiere!!- we turn to comfort foods that keep us warm and cozy inside. All of this means that we start to exercise less and less while we prepare to hibernate- unfortunately, that isn’t the best for our bodies and health. So, what can you do to motivate yourself to move? Continue reading

Back at it and better than ever!

As I posted last week, I didn’t do much of anything on the weekend- I just embraced the sick feeling and tried to rest. However, I also put all of my energy into exercising this week and getting back into my regular routine. I would say that 6-8 months ago, I was at my peak- either running or doing yoga every day. It wasn’t enough variation for me to continue it in the long term, but I miss exercising every day in some way. Overall, I was in better shape, better health, and a better head space. I am trying to be realistic and give myself a day off here and there, but stick to somewhat of a routine. This week was a SUCCESS!

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Every Little Bit of Movement Helps!

This week I made a concentrated effort to get back to the gym! I made it a priority- I put it in my planner and set an alarm on my phone, and made sure that I got there. I wasn’t really feeling running at all, so I focused on the different gym classes. Because my gym is at a university, the regular gym part is stuffed full of students everywhere, whereas the classes aren’t quite so crowded. Plus, I would look slightly ridiculous dancing around in the regular gym by myself… While it didn’t end so well, this week was fairly productive fitness-wise!

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Barre Class- It Finally Happened!

As per my 30 Things to Do Before I Turn 30, trying out a Barre class has been in my mind for probably close to a year now. Of course a ballet-inspired work out piqued my interest, but I wasn’t particularly keen on paying $20 for a single class if I didn’t know if I would enjoy it or not. Someone on my Facebook shared an event for a new studio here in Winnipeg that is doing free Barre classes for the month of September- it seemed like fate, and I knew I had to go at least once! Unfortunately, I was only available for one of the free classes- Sunday, September 18, Barre HAPPENED.  Continue reading