Time for Yoga #wellness #relaxation

So what do you do when you're 8 months pregnant, feeling tired and sore, and like it isn't possible for your hips to spread any more than they have?

Well, you can bounce on a yoga ball, and you can do yoga.

During my first pregnancy, I found that yoga really helped near the end, especially with back labor.

My yoga program of choice is Crunch Yoga Mama, led by Sue Elkind.

While this workout moves pretty slowly, that's sort of what I'm looking for with yoga. I want to stretch, to feel good about my body and connect with my baby. There isn't much time left until he is here, so I want to be mindful of the moments that I have left.

Did you do yoga when you were pregnant?


Keep Fit During #pregnancy with #Kettlebells!

So you've probably seen over the past couple weeks that while I have been waiting for it to warm up outside so I can get back out there and run a few km's a week, I've been doing some Kettlebell routines with the Kettlebell 360 App.

Before starting the kettlebell routine, I felt that my upper body strength was really lacking. Picking up a 38lb toddler when you're 20+wks pregnant is no small feat, so I wanted to be sure to focus on toning and strength training while I wait for the snow to melt.

My favorite move so far is the Kettlebell Halo

As you can see, it's a challenging move, but one that will give you stability in your shoulders, and build your upper body strength better than a bicep curl or bent over row. It's about mobility, flexibility and strength.

Have you tried kettlebells before? Comment with your favorite move!


Workout Motivation while on Vacation

Keeping my motivation to workout and stay healthy while we are on vacation is easier than many would think. While most would be sipping drinks with umbellas in them while sitting by the pool, I will be found IN the pool.

This is the pool at Innisbrook Golf Resort. There's a wading area for the kids with a manmade beach and jets that shoot out of the ground at the one end, then a deeper area with a volleyball net at the other end.

All around are beach loungers, and certainly there will be lounging...and snacking...but there will also be swimming which is so good for a pregnant body. It takes the pressure off your joints, is relaxing and it doesn't matter how big your bump is, it's comfortable and feels good.

So, along with running a little every day, I will be getting some laps in at the pool.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I talk about my workout routine, prenatal fitness and how a healthy mama makes for a healthy babe!


Gobble Gobble!! Running a 6km at the Gobbler Gallop and setting a Personal Best!

To say that I was nervous to run my first solo race was an understatement. The Oasis Zoo Run and color Me Rad, I had the support of my beautiful bff's at my side, and waiting for me at the finish line.

The Gobbler Gallop...I was on my own. I set out, praying that it wasn't going to rain (which it didn't) and headed to Springbank Park in London. I was met by the most cheerful bunch of runners, most who train for these types of races through the Running Room.

First, the kiddos went for the 1km Waddle. It was so cute and they even got medals upon finishing.

Then it was our turn. The way they had it set up was a 3km loop, and you had the option of running 3km or 6km. Going for the gusto, I had my sights set on 6km.

 The first mile was relatively easy, even with my groin/quad strain that I have been nursing over the past week, and thankfully the course went down the big Boler hill and not up. I think I surprised a few of the runners and volunteers when I kept going through the Start/Finish to do my second loop.

All in all, I beat my pace, and my past two 5km times! At the 5km mark, I was at 42mins. Then I saw this little dude and was SO excited.

I yelled at him (over the music in my ears) for him to run with me and he very excitedly did.

I'm super proud to have a 6km race under my belt, and finished top 10....which isn't too difficult when only about 10 people continued through the first 3km to run the full 6km race. Ha! Still a pretty awesome feeling!

And I definitely did not expect to get a medal at the end, so that was pretty awesome and it is up on the wall next to my Color Me Rad bib and Oasis Zoo Run bib and medal.

Next up...the London Lady's Half Marathon and 5km on November 3rd!


Oasis Zoo Run 5km Recap, Toronto Running Events

It was a very rainy, and slightly chilly morning this after Saturday at Metro Toronto Zoo for the Oasis Zoo Run, but adrenaline was pumping and there was a medal waiting for me at the end.

I've got to say, running in this large of an event was hugely intimidating, but once I was out on the course with my music in my ears, It was all worth it.

Going through all of this training with my bff' Tiff and Heather (left and right, respectively) has been amazing. We message one another upon completing a run, pump each other up and don't let one another down...ever. Today was no exception.

I knew that they would both be faster, but that it didn't matter. What I didn't realize is that I would see them out on the course! We greeted each other with smiles and high fives and it gave me that little boost to keep moving.

We ran by giraffes, flamingos and jaguars. We ran in huge puddles, on muddy paths, and finished when we finished. They told me that the time wouldn't matter, only finishing would; and boy, were they right!

When I saw the 4km marker, I thought ok, you got this, just one more to go. It helped that the volunteers on the coruse were offering high fives, had cow bells and were yelling for u to keep pushing. Then it was up a slight hill and I saw it...

The finish line.

And I saw about 10 people in front of me sauntering along. All of a sudden, I got competitive and started running like a bear was chasing me! I beat them....actually about 300 of them.

45:12, place 1090 {officially - tied with 3 other people). 9:03/km pace. Finished 145 of 178 in my category, and 729 of 952 in my gender.

Very proud, and seeing my bff's, husband and kiddo smiling and cheering me on was incredible!!

I'm not sure the last time that I smiled THAT big. Ear to ear, dimples, with my eyes...everything!

These girls mean everything to me! Everything in the entire world. They have been with me to make dreams come true, and today we did just that. Yahoo!!!

I really cannot think of a better piece of hardware to earn on your birthday, after months of training, tears, determination and sore muscles.

PS: yes I chose a matching outfit...my shoes and socks and shirt are pink!


Zaggora...2 weeks later

So, I've been wearing my Zaggora hotpants for the past two weeks when working out (three times a week). These work outs have included running, Insanity Plyometrics, Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance, and Insanity Cardio Recovery.

How did we do?

While I'm sure that it could have been better, I am pretty pleased with the results. I broke the 157lb barrier that I have been sitting at since March, which is great, and lost a total of 3" overall.

The biggest change that I saw from doing the Zaggora 2week Challenge was a decrease in bloating. The skin on my tush and my legs is considerably smoother, and I feel really confident in slimmer fitting pants. I even more some rockin' leggings out for dinner, with heels, for my anniversary and felt like a million bucks. Never would I have imagined that I would have that amount of confidence, and am very thankful to have found it.

The Zaggora hotpants, in my opinion, are a must for any runner or athlete looking to take their fitness to the next level. The amount of sweat that you will feel inside the pants is positively disgusting, but it's really amazing all at the same time to know that you are ridding your body of toxins, impurities and extra water.

Two thumbs up from this girl!

*Disclaimer: I received a pair of Hot Pants by Zaggora for the purposes of this review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.


New Year New Me, C25K Updates

So, I am now officially half done my C25K training. {well almost! I have one day left of week4!}

What an amazing experience. I absolutely LOVE running, and never in a million years did I think I would be able to call myself a runner.

But that's me...a runner! A RUNNER!

Last week, I had a huge achievement and felt like dancing all the way home at one point {I ran instead}. Here's my week 3 progression, and I'm sure you'll be able to tell why I'm so excited

w3d1: pace -4sec

w3d2: pace -2sec

w3d3: page -14sec

FOURTEEN seconds!!! I am getting stronger, my legs aren't as wobbly when I get back and more often than not, I end my cool down a quarter of the route from my home, then RUN home!

That's not to say when I get home, I'm not panting and then lying in a puddle of sweat and grime on my bathroom floor, but still!

Who are my runners out there?? High fives all around!


New Year New Me, Inspiration To Keep Going

Time for some inspiration!

How awesome are we as women? VERY!
We birth babies
We take on a world of stress
We rarely take time for ourselves
We care unconditionally for others
Did I mention that we birth babies??

Today, I want you to celebrate your awesome. Raise a glass, go for a run, look in the mirror and smile.

For you...are....awesome.

Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Zaggora, the makers of Hot Pants, for this incredible reminder. This post was not sponsored.


New Year New Me, BONUS Tricep Exercises!

It's BONUS resistance training video tutorial day!

My triceps are an area that have been an area of contention my entire life. I was always the overweight kid in the class, always the one getting teased over those issues. I felt self conscious in short sleeved shirts, and often wore baggy sweatshirts, sweaters, and long sleeved tops. I'm sure that alot of my readers can relate to having one body issue or another, be it real or self-imagined.

Another thing that I have learned is that the power lies within me and me alone to change the way that I feel about myself, how I see myself in the mirror and to change my body on the outside.

Now, for that comparison that you {and I} have all been waiting for. May 26th marks the 6month mark in this body transformation journey that I am on.

6months of hard work. Over 25" lost overall, and over 15lbs. lost.

The biggest changes that I see are in my upper body; my shoulders, arms, collarbone, chest and yes my waist and hips too! Pretty awesome, and in just 6months! I feel more confident in my body than I ever have in my life and am definitely the smallest that I have ever been in my adult life.

Now for the BIG reality check...the 2009 and 2013 comparison

I'm a little speechless right now. I am so thankful for all of your love and support. For pushing me to do better and be better. For letting me be real and embracing me, fault and all.

I cried tears of joy seeing this side-by-side. I cannot believe it...but it's me! It's ME!


World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day

Did you know that today is World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day?

Well, it is and that means that you should be holding the hands of a woman that you love and educating her on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

What should you be looking for?

  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, nausea, indigestion
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Gather the ones you love and hold your own Ovarian Cancer Awareness Party today. Dress in teal, have cocktails, play silly games, celebrate your health and keep this in mind...

The pap smear does NOT screen for ovarian cancer
The HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer, not ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer rates rise after menopause, with a surge at 60-75 years of age
Lifetime risk of 1 in 70 that you will get ovarian cancer at some point in your lifetime