Help me get Dressed for the Ball

28 Mar

This weekend I’m so excited to be attending The Memory Ball, a charity ball benefiting Alzheimer’s disease. The ball is being organized by one of my best clients, she’s done such an amazing job with it and I’m sure it will be a great night!

I can’t decide which dress I should wear…

Option One: BCBG Bandage Dress

Option Two: French Connection Grecian Dress

I usually don’t get emotional while watching movies but I’ve never cried harder than at the end of the Note Book when the older Ali didn’t recognize her own family, truly a heartbreaking thought. I think Alzheimer’s is often a forgotten disease and I’m happy to be supporting it this Saturday night.

There are still a few more tickets left to be sold! If you’re interested in coming today is the last day to buy tickets! You can do so here. Hope to see you there!

I’ll be wearing the dress with the most votes on Saturday night.

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How to Train for a 10k

27 Mar

When I was in high school I had the pleasure of running with the University of Toronto junior development track team. I’ve asked a friend and fellow (much faster) U of T runner, Jackie Todd for her tips on how to prepare for a 10k! Here’s what Jackie suggests:

The weather is getting warmer, the birds are chirping and it is time to get running! I know many people put running (especially outdoors) on hold over the winter, but it is time to put on those shoes and get out the door!

Along with the summer come a ton of road races and fun runs. Here is a quick and simple guide to prepping for a summer full of running!

  1. Work up the mileage. The golden rule of mileage is never add more than 10% per week. It is important to remember that our bodies need to get accustomed to new or increased amounts of exercise. If you are new to running a great goal is to run a total of 10k (3-4k a day), second week up to 15k (4-5k a day) and work up from there.  Go at your own pace and keep challenging yourself! If you are already an avid runner and are confident running 10k, then work on gradually decreasing your 10k time throughout the summer, you can do this by introducing interval workouts.
  2. Rest. It is important to remember that our bodies need rest! Running every day, especially for new runners may lead to fatigue and injury. Make sure you take at least 1 or 2 days off running each week.  Your body will thank you!
  3. Variety, variety, variety. Running the same loop at the same pace every day may get really boring, really fast. Instead, try switching up routes so that you have at least 3 to work from.  As well, add some intervals into your runs! Try this to start: 1 minute running hard, 1 minute running easy, repeat 5-10 times.  Remember to always do a 5-10 minute warm-up before any interval workout!
  4. Make friends!  Running with other people is great, especially if you have the same goals! You can work together to push and motivate each other, helping both of you stay committed to the program. If you have friends that run, make a point of running with them, if you don’t, think about joining a running group!
  5. Have fun! You put in the hard work, toughed through some grueling runs, so its time to show off! Whether you want to race for time or just run with your friends, road races are a great way to see the benefits of all your hard work. Rewarding and fun, what could be better??

There are tons of road races and community runs throughout the spring and summer. Coming up in only a few weeks is the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k! This run series is known for having a great, fun atmosphere, and includes a 10k run/walk, 5k run/walk, 1k Junior Jog and 300m Toddler Trot! If you feel like you are ready to go, get on the road and run for a good cause! Check out the MB10k website for more info and to register! I’ll see you there!

Toaster Toss

26 Mar

When Matt and I moved into to our apartment we focused on the essentials: record player: check, exercise equipment: check, pretty bowls for serving food: check!

Ok so not totally.

One “essential” that we didn’t include was a toaster. It wasn’t a conscious decision. I was looking around for a pretty one and of course Matt, my forever thrifty boyfriend was happy not to spend any more money.

Our bread consumption dropped tenfold. I went from making toast every morning and sandwiches for lunch to now almost never having any bread. At first I did miss it a bit, but not really enough to warrant buying a new toaster. There is a loaf of bread in our freezer that has been there for almost three months and I’m not the least bit interested.

What I have noticed is how much better my constitution works. Once a day, like clockwork – this did not happen when I was eating toast all the time. It would be more like every three days which now I can’t believe.

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not totally done with bread. I don’t believe in food extremism. I find when I cut something out entirely I often overeat other foods to compensate. So bread is still ok but what I am done with making it part of my regular daily diet. We still make our own homemade pizzas once a week for date night and I will have a sandwich once a week if I’m out somewhere and it looks really good.

I’m a big believer in making your life easy to be healthy and difficult to be unhealthy. It’s now more difficult for me to turn on the oven and broil toast the bread than it is to make a salad.

So toss your toasters! Or just move it out of sight for a few weeks and see if you miss it.

Workout – Post Run Interval Circuit

23 Mar

Two Circuits:

1. Backward Lunge Kick-Up

30 reps on each leg

2. Power Lunge Jumps

30 reps on each leg

3. Warrior Three Lunges

15 reps on each leg

4. Downward Dog Kick-Ups

15 reps on each leg

5. Dancing Planks

15 reps on each leg

6. Dive Boomers

So give it a go! The best part of these workouts is you can be anywhere to do them – no excuses!

I hope you have a great weekend and please let me know what you think of this workout.

Thanks!

Sports Bras Do More Than Stop Bouncing

22 Mar

If we all ran like Bo Derek did in the movie “10” we would have some serious stretch marks right now.

Sports bras do prevent the painful bouncing, yes. But more importantly though they prevent permanent breast saggage, That’s right — it’s not just old age and gravity that will make your boobs hang low. High-impact activities, like running or even spinning, can stress your Cooper’s ligaments (the connective tissue that keeps breasts firm), causing your breasts to sag more quickly.

Compression bras work best for smaller-busted women.

I like this one:

Bonus – this bra makes you look va va voom.

For the more well-endowed (D cup +) you should opt for an “encapsulation” bra that supports each breast separately.

I’ve heard great things about this one:

It’s best to replace workout bras every six months to a year. That way your bra will stay tight to your ta tas!

Greek Yogurt Popsicles – Honey Blueberry

21 Mar

I recently discovered Greek yogurt.

I know, I’ve been living under a rock. The truth is it sounded too good to be tasty; 15g of protein per serving, low fat and no added sugar. Greek yogurt is a superfood and I think it’s super delicious.

Inspired by the unseasonably hot spring were are experiencing in Toronto I decided to make a Popsicle variation of my new favorite snack. This recipe also makes a delicious smoothie if you don’t have Popsicle molds.

Ingredients:

Serves 4

Blend all ingredients and pour into Popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla flavour)

1/4 cup skim milk

1 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries)

2 tsp maple syrup

2 tsp honey

optional – if you’re using the plain variety of Greek yogurt add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

If you’re feeling lazy there’s always this option:

These are SOOO good. Hard to believe only 90 calories per bar.

Jock Yoga

20 Mar

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the yoga jock himself, Michael DeCorte.

I took his class here. Michael followed my golden rule of exercise and had me dripping sweat within the first 10 minutes, something that never happens to me in yoga – and this wasn’t hot yoga!

The class was 70% female, 30% male – a nice mix for a yoga class. The 75-minute session was set to really fun modern music, a refreshing change! It is easy to see why Jock Yoga classes appeal to everyone, they are challenging yet approachable. And the mini massage after is pretty great too!

Michael’s story is incredibly inspirational:

The yoga jock grew up in Northwestern Ontario a very overweight and unhealthy child. At the age of 20 Michael made the leap to Toronto and found himself lost in the club scene of the early 90s. He found immense release in the drug-saturated environment and popularity/notoriety of being a bar star. Chewed up and spit out by the party life, Michael fled back home to Thunder Bay in 1997, where he began a battle between addictions and recovery.

After a few years of dabbling in sobriety, exercise and different spiritual traditions, Micheal moved back to Toronto restored and revitalized. His physique as well as psychology were transformed. He became a bodybuilder, marathon runner and a certified personal trainer.

After attending his first Bikram yoga class in winter of 2002 Michael was hooked! In fact, he became obsessed with yoga, he had found something which he believes to be spiritual as well as physical.

Gradually, Michael let go of his strict body builder workout regimen, and began a daily yoga practice. He enrolled in the Downward Dog teacher-training program and never looked back.

“In practicing yoga, I’ve found my passion.

In teaching yoga, I’ve found purpose.”

– Michael DeCorte, Founder of Jock Yoga

It’s incredible how often people ignore their passion and pursue a career in business just because they think that it’s the right thing to do. I know personally members of my family encouraged me to find a secure job in financial services world. When I told them I would be a trainer at first I was looked at like I was taking the vow of poverty … I think they are ok with it now! Michael wisely decided to “Do what he loves, and the money will follow.” I love that – Go Michael!

Where to find him:

The best thing about Jock Yoga programs is you can do them all over the city! You don’t have to join a special gym just to take his class. He teaches at Moksha and 889 Yoga among many other places that offer single class passes.

On his website Michael offers a schedule of where his next class will be. This makes him really easy to find!