You should be doing Pilates

Yes, that is right. You should be doing pilates on a regular basis. Here’s why: It will change the way you move. You see, it’s all about posture. Poor posture produces pain. Most of us have bad posture. We live in an anteriorly based world. Just imagine sitting at a computer 8 hrs a day and what that does to someone’s posture. Or standing over a table preparing meals all day. Or driving a truck all day. Gardening. Everything we do is forward based. That can all lead to shoulders that round forward, heads that drop forward and rounded upper backs. Take that posture and keep adding age to it. Oh, and don’t forget gravity pulling you forward and down. Bad posture can lead to a whole host of health problems. Migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis & golf elbow, spine misalignment, poor circulation, and even depression. Pilates to the rescue! Pilates is based on the proper alignment of the spine. Basically one goes from slouching forward to standing up tall. When your body is in alignment, everything falls into its proper place. Shoulders roll back, the head rests on top of the neck, not forward, the back is tall and not slouched. Pilates does this by… deeply strengthening the abdominal muscles. A strong core is important for stabilizing your spine. Maintaining a strong core keeps the back strong and keeps the body in proper alignment. Through Pilates, you learn how to engage the core to strengthen the abdominal muscles through a series of small, isolated movements using mainly your body weight. improving posture. With Pilates, you practice proper spinal alignment...

How to Not Stuff Your Face this Thanksiving:)

Turkey and dressing and gravy…oh my! Oh, how I do love a great stuffing. Err….Thanksgiving stuffing that is;) Like most of us, I tend to overeat at Thanksgiving and then end up feeling guilty and try to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day or two. How smart would it be if instead of repeating that pattern (or making the same decisions over and over as I’ve written about previously), we create new patterns? Let’s focus on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner WITHOUT overeating and feeling guilty? I’ve devised some simple tips we can all utilize right away. Tip #1. Stay hydrated. Simple, right? One would think. A great way to not overindulge in food is to simply drink more water the day before the dinner and the day of. Often we overeat simply because we are actually thirsty. I know that sounds weird but our body can mix up the ‘thirsty’ and ‘hungry’ signals causing us to eat more when what we actually need is more water. So drink up! Water, that is. And remember, if you’re drinking alcohol, to counter the dehydrating effects you need a 2:1 ratio….2 glasses water for 1 glass of booze (not the other way around;) Tip #2. Plan a big workout the day after. This works like a charm around any big ‘eating’ event. Organize a hike or workout or a barre workout class the morning AFTER the eating event. And then, book it in with a friend as well. A friend that won’t cancel on you. Don’t pick the wishy-washy friend….maybe find your die-hard friend and organize something with them....

There is no secret.

I wish there was a simple easy way to lose fat and to keep it off. Trust me. I truly wish there was because if there was, I’d be all over it. I’d love to lose that last 5-10lbs on my body by simply taking a pill or getting rid of my cellulite by rubbing some cream on it. I’d buy that shit in a heartbeat. But the reality is, there is no such thing. If there was, why is obesity such a major issue in our society? Science has proven time and time again, that in order to lose fat & to keep it off, you need to do 3 things: exercise daily eat a diet rich in whole foods practice mindfulness That’s it folks. Now, within each of those 3 points are variables. For instance, there is debate as to what type of exercise is best for fat loss. But all agree that daily exercise is needed. Within the ‘diet’ world, there is debate as to which way to eat is healthiest but all can agree that we need WAY more veggies & fruits and foods that are real and whole and not processed. Mindfulness is a newer topic but again, all agree that in order to lose fat & to keep it off, people need to change their habits. And that is done through a mindfulness practice of some sort. Whether it be meditation or journalling or seeking the help of a counselor or all of the above. You can’t change your outside until you change your inside:) I’d also like to add to that list...

This is why you keep self-sabotaging

You keep making the same choices. That’s why you’re not getting results. And it’s why you keep having to start over. Ultimately, if you want to change any aspect of your life, you have to start making different choices. If you keep making the same choices, you will keep getting the same results.‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over but expecting different results’. (Interesting fact: This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but he actually never said that. Look it up;) And we know this, but WHY do we keep making the same choices? All of the above. Here’s a story for you. Suzie has been wanting to get fit for quite some time now. Currently, she’s super busy with kids, work, volunteering, etc. etc. So, right now she can only get to 1-2 fitness classes a week. That’s great for her but she really wants to up her exercise and fit in at least 5 workouts a week. She’s also very keen on changing her eating habits by eliminating wine in the evening and stop snacking. She figures out that she could add extra workouts into her week on her lunch hour and 1 day on a weekend. She also decides she won’t drink any wine that week and will get rid of all the junk food in the house. All is well the first week. She gets her workouts in, sticks with healthy eating and feels awesome & successful. ‘I’ve got this‘, is her mantra. The 2nd week starts out with great intention but then on day 3, she’s stressed and tired...

Time To Get Your Shit Together:)

Okay, people…..the kids are back at school and settled, summer is clearly over and so now that leaves you. It is time to get your shit together and set up your fall fitness & health routine. Those of you who know me know that I LOVE September. Not for the weather or the changing colours and all that other poetic stuff people wax on about. Yes, the leaves are pretty, I’ll give you that but I am perfectly happy with summer weather all year round. I LOVE September because, for me, it’s OPPORTUNITY! September signals new and fresh. It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s when I feel most creative and productive. Yes, January is the actual ‘new year’ but September has always been more of the new year to me than January. This September is especially exciting for me because I moved from where I lived for 18 years to the city. I took a leap of faith and literally jumped from the pond to the ocean. And I’m super excited about it. (Sometimes I feel nauseous about it too but mainly excited;) Anywho….after a summer of no routine, alcoholic beverages (hello Nudes!), yummy BBQs, chips, chilling & beaching it, it is time for us to get our shit together! Have you registered for fitness classes yet? Or have figured out in your schedule where you can fit fitness in? Have you hired a personal trainer yet? Or a life coach? What are you doing to work toward your health & fitness goals this fall season? If you want to be really successful with your fitness &...

No change = no growth

Today I have mixed emotions. I just dropped my first-born off at the airport. She is going to college in Toronto and is starting a whole new life journey for herself. Definitely, have some sadness around it. I remember her tiny little hands and her great big eyes looking at me for everything. So full of love and life and wonder. And today when I dropped her off, I saw those same eyes with those same feelings. Except add in a twinge of fear. I am proud of the job I’ve done as her mother. I’m proud of the young lady she is. I am proud that she has the courage and grit to get out there and do her own thing while following her passion. Not a lot of people have that kind of bravery. She’s had to deal with a lot of flack about choosing acting as her career and has questioned it at times but man, you just don’t know until you try. But I’m sad as well. The time with her has flown by. She’s blossomed into this super fun, exuberant person that’s a joy to be around. And then she moves! Well, at least I get to travel to a super cool city to visit her:) My whole family is going through a big change, not just her. We moved off our little island into the city recently. It’s a very welcome change, but a change nonetheless. And with change comes uncomfortableness. It’s uncomfortable packing, unpacking, and organizing. It’s uncomfortable giving up the familiar to step into unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable not being able to...