5 Weight Loss Myths You Might Be Buying Into

If weight loss or fat loss is a goal of yours, I invite you to keep reading this email.Now, I get it…there is an overwhelm of information out there on how to lose weight. Especially now after the pandemic everyone is capitalizing on the whole ‘lose the pandemic 15’. With all that information, it is easy to lose sight of your goal and to not know where to start.So let me help you!First, it’s okay to want to lose weight. You do you, sis (as the kids like to say).The reality is, carrying extra weight around creates health issues. It’s hard on the joints, it’s hard on the heart and it increases your chances of developing a lot of other health issues. Also, it just doesn’t feel good! We all come in different shapes and sizes and I’m a big believer in rocking what your momma gave you BUT you also have to strive to be healthy. And extra weight is not healthy. So that being said, let’s bust down some weight loss myths, shall we?Myth #1 – To lose weight you need to drastically decrease your calories.Not always true. The simple equation is ‘eat less, move more’ and you will lose weight. Science shows that if you create a caloric deficit you will lose weight, and yes you will BUT you don’t have to create a crazy deficit. It also depends on what type of calories you’re putting in your body. If you’re eating 1200 calories of Tim Hortons donuts and you’re expending 1500 calories, you may lose weight but not that much. And you’re going to feel like shit. Decreasing calories drastically can act in...

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...

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 &...

Workout at Home!

Yay for summer! It’s my favourite season because…..SUN & HEAT! Living on the West Coast makes me feel pretty soggy by the end of winter/spring. I just love how summer warms up my bones and gets me ready to handle another wet, cold season. Plus I LOVE the bright mornings and longer evenings. I can really only come up with positive things about summer except for one thing…. the lack of routine. Once the kids are out of school and the days get longer and you spend more time on the beach, it’s almost impossible to stick to a dedicated fitness routine. Not to mention all the extra delicious snacky food and beverages that are everywhere. Oh, and patios! How fun are patios??? So what can one do to maintain their fitness routine? Workout at home! Here’s a truth bomb: It’s more important that you stay consistent with your routine than what you do during your workout. Do you get that? If you just drop exercise altogether, getting back into it is way harder than before. BUT if you keep working out consistency, it doesn’t matter what type of exercise you’re doing. With that in mind, I have created an at-home no-equipment needed workout you can do in under 30 minutes. It’s flowy and fun and will make you sweat. Don’t think this will be some easy workout. Nope. It’ll challenge you  to work your body and even sweat a bit;) Here’s what you get with this package…..a workout sheet so you can keep track of your workouts, a video to accompany the workout sheet so you know exactly how...

4 Myths That Are Keeping You FAT!

Are you working your butt off but still fat? I hear so many people complain about doing all the right things but not losing weight. This all leads to major frustration and overwhelm and eventually the whole ‘fuck this’ attitude that then leads to eating the whole bag of chips.  Sound familiar? If so then maybe you’re buying into these four myths. Myth #1:  If I eat fat, I’ll get fat. Truth:  Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will actually help you lose fat. Eating fat from sources like avocados, olives and coconuts can actually help you increase your metabolism, keep you full longer and teach your body how to burn fat when you remove sugar from your diet.  Choose fats like nuts, seeds, fatty fish, eggs, full-fat yogurt and grass-fed beef. Remember, that non-fat foods actually have crazy high level of sugars and it’s sugar that makes you fat. Myth #2: I need to do tons of cardio to burn fat. Truth: While cardio burns calories, if you want to burn fat, choose HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  Incorporating HIIT into your workouts will make your body and metabolism function at a higher rate of burned calories for hours and hours afterward. So yes, you could be reading AND burning fat at the same time! Lifting weights will also help you increase your resting metabolism. When you have more lean muscle on your body, your metabolism increases. This basically means you could be burning fat while sitting and watching Netflix:) Myth #3: I need to significantly reduce my calorie intake. Truth: This is actually partially true. The reality is, we eat...