Things I’m Loving

So here are some links to things I have starred this week on my Google Reader:

1. A Day in the Life. Bonnie, a personal trainer who currently lives in Calgary as well, also stems from California. In this post, she talks about the differences– and I totally agree with her. Trader Joe’s and In-n-Out for the American win; Man of my life and having 2 dollar coins for the Canadian win.

2. Some More Fitness Center Pickup Lines from Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit. I can’t pick out a favorite, because they’re all hilarious. And if I were still single, I would totally test one out. Because I am weird like that.

3. I want this outfit. Like, now. I wore my bright pink Wunder Unders with a Purple tank and my super duper bright NB sneaks to the gym today. Yeah, I got looks. And yeah……I loved it.

4. I’m 99.9% sure these pancakes will make their way into my diet sometime in the near future. I mean, how could they not?

5. Can you differentiate frenemies from bitchy friends? This post tells you how. After you read it, write a list of all your friends then put an “f” for frenemy and “b” for bitch next to the designated names. This is really just for your quick reference. You might want to re-evaluate some of your friendships. Burn that paper right away, because if any one of those gals find it- well, it won’t be pretty.

6. And I thought I was a whacky fitness instructor/trainer. This dude went WAY out of his way to get in touch with some of his clients.

7. For your exercise-related reading pleasure, this article reveals information regarding the link between exercise and depression. Do you think it’s crap? Go do 100 pushups and tell me what you think.


I am always telling people in my classes to breathe. And when I do, they look at me and roll their eyes. Then, I count all the blue faces when they’re doing tons of pushups and I have to remind them again. Breathing comes naturally, so don’t stop doing it- even when your pumping 5092735 pounds of iron, mmmk?

Anything you’re loving this week?

4 Workout Options

Alright alright alright.

Here are today’s workout(s)

Numero Uno: This week’s TMT workout from nhershoes.

The workout included:

  • 1 min jump rope
  • 25 squats
  • 15 jacks
  • 10 pushups
  • 30 sec mountain climbers
  • 10 pushups
  • 25 crunches
  • 1 min butt kicks
  • 1 min bicep curls w/lunge
  • 15 jacks
  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min plank ups
  • 30 sec jog
  • 1 min military press with front kick
  • 30 seconds front shoulder raise
  • 30 seconds side shoulder raise
  • 25 squats
  • 30 seconds burpees
  • 15 chair dips
  • 30 sec bicycle crunch
  • 1 min plank

My time:

Yeah buddy.

Number 2: Walk with Layla. The hills are killer!!

#3: The Kill To Look Good Workout

10 minute warmup (unless you just did the #1 workout above)

3 sets of 12-15 reps of: (these you can hold weights. make sure to do 3 sets on each leg!)

  • front split squat
  • uneven squat
  • reverse split squat

Cardio (3 sets of 30 seconds of each)

  • plank jacks
  • heel taps
  • jacks

3 sets of 12-15 reps of:

  • overhead press
  • standing fly
  • tricep kickback

Cardio (3 sets of 10 each)

  • burpees
  • double hops
  • 180 degree jump squats

3 sets of 12-15 reps of:

  • V-ups
  • Side plank dips
  • Pushups

Workout FOUR: HIIT. 20 minutes of cardio of choice with 90 seconds moderate intensity then 30 seconds of HARDEST intensity, repeated. (Fun on the elliptical and spin bike. I have found the treadmills here don’t have that automatic speed reset. Makes intervals hard)

Are you tired yet?

Things are happening..

Things are happening, my friends. I went to the Crowfoot YMCA (conveniently located only a stone’s throw away. I have a long throw, but still, it’s close. like right around the corner close). I had a chitty-chat-chat with the Fitness Director and Group Fitness Director and they are interested in having me teach/train! 1-800-I-AM-STOKED. Here I come free membership! Plus, there are some things I’d really like to do that I have yet to see in some of the classes I have taken here so far. Wahooo! Let’s hope that stint I pulled that got me in the back of a cop car at age 16 doesn’t hold me back. Better yet, let’s hope that the Calgary police aren’t that thorough. I was a minor, anyways, so technically it never happened.

I was so pumped from those mini-meetings, so I really went all out at the spin class I took immediately after. (The Group Fitness Director even signed me up to get certified as a Spin Instructor in June! Seriously guys, I’m getting tons of gold stars today). One note about that class, however: they kept the lights on. I could totally make a sex related joke re: the lights, but I’m a lady. I’ll let you come up with it on your own.

I had done my protein oats for breaky this AM (see poo-looking bowl of oats from a previous post), then munched on these bad Larrys:

Stop.the.presses. These were DIVINE. Tyler wanted to buy a ginorm carton of them at Costco last week, and I was thinking oh-no-sir-those-will-never-get-eaten-what-a-typical-guy-move, but he was on P.O.I.N.T. I scarfed them so fast. Probably frightened the dog just a teensy bit.

As a reconciliation, I went out and got her some goodies. We’re talkin’ the Louis Vuitton of goodies:

If only girlfraaan’ new how many G’s I dropped on these puppies (pun intended). Ok, not G’s, but maybe 1/356th of a G. Still.

She’s all, ‘mama, pleeeeeeease”

So I caved.

Baby girl loves balls. Like mother, like….Oh god, did I really go there?

Here’s her brilly (read: brilliant) model pose. I’m submitting this to Canadian Dog. I don’t think such a publication exists, but it should.

I have a couple -slightly less hairy- pics for you…They’re of me! (I said SLIGHTLY less hairy. I have low readership, but now it’s probably even lower. Way to go me!)
Post workout:

I think it’s standard that a terrible face should be made in any picture taken post workout. So there ya go.
I do, however, clean up pretty decent. I mean, I’m no Jennifer Aniston, but we share the same first name, so at least I’m halfway there. This is from date night last friday:

Did I say that terrible pictures are standard post workout? Apparently, they are just across the board standard for me. sigh.

Anyone remember that episode of SATC when Miranda baked that chocolate cake and kept going back to the kitchen for a slice, then she tossed it, THEN SHE ATE MORE FROM THE TRASH???

Well, I’m not THAT bad, but I did have repeat visits to the kitchen last night for my love turds (brownies). It was OK last night, since sweets are calorie-free on Sundays, but I’m having a hard time preventing myself from breaking out the knife today for more..anyone have this problem???