Archive | July, 2011

Acne: What Worked, What Didn’t

25 Jul

My acne type: rosacea with bumps

And this was a good day!

Recommended Products:

Metrogel – prescription ($7)

Clarisonic – Sephora ($150 – way better than 2 years ago!)

Cetephil Cleansing Cream ($11)

Skin Wipes – Walmart ($4 for 50)

Photofacial – I had mine done at the Belair Laser Clinic ($900 for 8 sessions) Check out Groupon or Teambuy for better deals

Blue Light Therapy – M facials ($60 each, 8 sessions total) – didn’t need 8, would have been better just getting one or two but was sold on a package.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer ($55)

Sunscreen – Neutrogina SPF 55 for faces ($23)

Wouldn’t do it again:

Expensive creams ($80+, multiple brands = Darphin, Sisley, Bobbi Brown)

Proactive ($85)

Naturopathic Doctor for three sessions ($560)

Strict dieting

Tetricyclin prescription – worked at first but I quickly built up a tolerance

Diane birth control pill – made me an evil, highly emotional basket case 24/7

Glad I didn’t do it:

Accutaine – I had a lot of friends who have been helped with accutaine but my skin problems were more from redness and less puss-type or cystic acne

So that’s what worked for me. Everyone has different skin so this might not be the same for you. My top tips are:

1. Wash your face regularly with a gentle cleanser

2. Use disinfectant wipes after you exercise

3. Don’t wear any foundation if you can help it, wear oil-free tinted moisturizer

4. Go see a dermatologist without make-up on. Get a second option if your skin doesn’t clear up within 2-3 months.

1000 Rep Interval Workout

20 Jul

Wow! This was a marathon, not a sprint interval session.

Take your time, form is WAY more important than speed on this one!

My final time was 32:16.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!

Laser Hair Removal – Pain Free!

19 Jul

Hey Beauties and Bodies!!

So about 2 weeks ago now I bought a deal on teambuy – unlimited laser hair removal for one year.

I was a little skeptical of these websites but a friend of mine did it first and has had amazing results so I decided to give it a go.

One MASSIVE tip = EMLA Cream:

You have to purchase this cream over the counter. It will completely numb your skin. Completely.

It’s a little pricey $39 for 30g tube but you need a really tiny amount so this should last me at least the year.

Today was my first appointment. I decided to test the Emla so I only put it on the left side of my body. What a difference! I was sweating when the technician did the first non-emla side and completely fine on the pre-creamed side. Worked wonders. And yes, I’ll be treating myself to a full application next time!

Bottom line – if you’re spending the money to get laser go the extra mile and get the cream.

Vietnam Interval Workout

18 Jul

Welcome to Vietnam!!

One of my favourite workouts!! Interval Running

At home you can do this on a treadmill

For beginners here’s what I suggest

Warm-up for 5 minutes at a 5.5

Then try your two minute intervals at a 7.0 and

1 minute off at a 5.0 – Repeat 5x

Cool-down for 5 minutes at a 5.5.

For advanced runners:

Warm-up at a 6.0-6.5

Intervals 8.5-9.5 for 2 minutes and your 1 minute offs at a 6.0-6.5

Cool-down for 5 minutes at a 6.0-6.5

The most useful, useless kitchen tool

15 Jul

Drum roll please…


Introducing …

The Olive Pitter!





I know what you’re thinking, I thought so too… great an olive pitter. But believe me, this tool will change your greek salad’s life.

There is nothing worse in a greek salad than sucking on the olive and having to spit out the pit, it’s awkward and I feel like you never get a rewarding bite. Pre-pitted olives lose flavour quickly so they are no good either.


Here’s what I had for lunch yesterday with the help of my olive pitter.


2 cups romaine lettuce
1 cucumber
1 red pepper
1 hard boiled egg
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp goat’s milk feta
8 (ish) olives sans pit


1 part extra virgin olive oil
1 part balsamic vingar
1/4 part honey
1/4 part minced garlic clove

= Yum!

So greek fans, go pick up your pitter this weekend!!

Holistic Nutritionist Connie Shares her Pre-Bod Squad Snack!

14 Jul
Early morning workouts are great because you exercise before anything has the opportunity to disrupt your schedule and it energizes you for the day ahead.  However it is difficult to get the proper nutrition at such an early hour. Nourishing your body before a workout is very important. Balance is key, you want to have enough substance to give you energy for your workout without being overly full or becoming sick during the exercises.

Before your next workout try an apple or a pear with any nut butter such as almond, hazelnut, or cashew and feel energized! This snack will help boost metabolism and promote healthy insulin secretion.
See the rest of you bods at the squad!
Connie Linton is a certified holistic nutritionist with a practice based out of North Toronto.  If interested in more information email

TRX Suspension Trainer Review and Sample Workout

13 Jul

One caveat before you watch the video: I say “excellent and way to go!” a lot! I didn’t notice this before. I’m used to cheering people on in their training so it’s hard for me to stop that I guess, even when I’m training myself!!

The TRX was originally developed by a Navy SEAL to keep him and his team in shape when they couldn’t get to a gym. So I figured if it’s tough enough for them it will work for me!

Overall it’s a great piece of supplementary equipment, it’s way more challenging than it looks! I’ve loved working out with it, it’s elevated my workouts (literally!)


  • Challenging workout
  • Low impact, easy on your joints
  • Easy to switch from one exercise to the next
  • It can hold 300lbs+ (Depending on your supporting structure!)
  • Portable


  • Expensive, retails around $185
  • Difficult to know what angle you should be at and where the straps need to be
  • Tough workout to introduce to beginners
  • Really need to have a good understanding of the TRX, it takes at least 3 workouts to get used to it


So here’s exactly what I did yesterday:

5 minutes jogging and dynamic warm-up

30 Lunges
15  Burpees
30 Squats
15 Single leg squat jumps
30 Lunges
15  Burpees
30 Squats
15 Single leg squat jumps
30 Seconds Knee ins
30 Seconds runners
-> Repeat 3x
10 V-ups
20 Oblique knee-tucks
–> Repeat 3x
30 Rows
30 Flys
–> Repeat 3x
30 Push-ups
30 Wood choppes
–> Repeat 3x

RUN 3 km with 5 repetitions of 2 minutes sprinting, 1 minute easy.



This was a cardio sample workout on the TRX. I move really quickly though the exercises, my heart rate was elevated the entire time. The total workout including run and warm-up took me less than 45 minutes and I was spent after!