Monthly Archives:January 2015

7 things I like about me!

January 28, 2015

Sometimes it takes a little extra motivation to keep on track, when that happens I go through the list!

The list of things I’m looking forward to once I get back into shape again!

The 7 things I like about… ME when I am rockin’ the body I want.

#1. Catching a glimpse of myself in a store window and slowing down as I realize that cutie in the refection is me! Yes, totally vain.. but I am looking forward to it


#2. Picking up heavy things. #HulkSmash. Deadlifting makes me very happy. I also enjoy the ability to carry all the groceries, pick up the couch and perhaps even lift a car off the ground.  Oh, setting national records in powerlifting also rocked my world.


#3. Shopping anywhere ~ Almost. Powerlifting does lead to fabulous hamstrings, quads and buttocks which can make finding proper fitting pants a chore but the ability to basically shop anywhere and find something in my size is delightful.


#4. Boom Boom ~ Strong, flexible great cardio? Look out husband Steve!


#5. Dancing without feeling my body create it’s own gravitational pull. I jest. Sort of. When I am carrying extra weight that isn’t muscle sometimes it seems to have a life of it’s own! When you start to move it can get ahead of you and before you know it moves you, and sometimes pieces of clothing in unexpected ways.


#6. THIS bathing suit. #Boomchickawawa That was 9 years ago, and the smallest I have been as an adult. This was before powerlifting, so zilch muscle.. It will be interesting to see how it looks when I drop into the weight class I want to compete in with the extra muscle!


#7. Eat whatever I want and not getting the “look.” Ugh. It makes me so mad. If you carry extra weight there are people that look at you with complete horror if you are putting anything other than a sweet potato, poached fish or a lettuce leaf in your mouth.


Understand I am a big believer in loving the body you have in the moment and living life to the fullest, but I made a deal to be truthful in this blog while I am on this journey and those 7 things do motivate me to keep a positive attitude that gives 110%.

Join me at Aspire Health and Performance! They have all sorts of different levels of training.. something for every budget and goal. I would love to see you there.. if you see me training come say hi.. even if I am muttering obscenities.. 😉  Stop Working Out. Start Training.

… and just for fun.. do you remember these 7 things?



Legions have stood at the precipice

January 21, 2015

I sit here in front of my computer a defeated woman. Sweaty, bruised and still trying to catch my breath. What could of possibly put me in this level of distress?

Shopping for a new sports bra.

I kid you not. Sports bra shopping no matter what your fitness level possesses the ability to bring you shaking to your knees begging forgiveness for whatever evil deed you did that made karma come around and kick in you in the ass while half naked and in a store dressing room. Sport bra shopping can cause a humiliation that will stay with you until your last days. The only solace you can take is knowing that you are not alone. Legions of sporty woman have gone before you and many have stood at the precipice as I did today.. wondering …



It starts innocently enough as you pick out your favourites, if you are of an ample bust size it does feel more like you are shopping for a straight jacket, you head into the change room, strip down and begin the dance.

Too tight, too small, weirdly uneven, uniboob, too big, this could be a hat, do I have it on backwards, how do I get this on?

Until that single moment you know you are in trouble.

Sweaty, out of breath and trembling you stand half naked in a sports bra that you managed to get on, but now refuses to come off. The bonus is that all this happens in a 365 degree mirrored room. #noescape

This was me not that long ago in a change room at The Bay. If you had been in the room next to me you may have wondered if a wounded animal had snuck in and was living it’s last moments under the wonderful glare of change room lights.

I was moments away from firing off a flare of distress to get the ladies at the till to come in with the jaws of life when suddenly with a pop and a swoosh it was off. I am still not sure what worked, it might have been when my elbow and shoulder dislocated that I was finally set free.

La sigh.. if only it wasn’t so necessary! Just how necessary? Check out the “Bounce-O-Meter from ShockAbsorber. It illustrates very well just how much a role a bra can play in your work out.

Advice: Go here. BOUNCE-O-METER (Yup you read that right) Good luck and God speed. Remember if you do need to call for help; hold your head and your girls high, sometimes it’s tough to keep those ladies in check!

Join me getting sweaty at Aspire Health and Performance! Stop Working Out. Start Training.

14/365 is not an acceptable score on an exam, it shouldn’t be for your health

January 14, 2015

How are you doing with your New Year Resolution?

Six of the top 15 resolutions are health-related which include to stop drinking, eat healthier, stop smoking, improve overall health, exercise more and lose weight.

“Experts” tell us that by January 14th many of our resolutions will be gone. *POOF* back to habits and lost in routines that are hard to change in the hectic lives we lead.

That is a tough statistic.

Here we are at January 14th.

I have set some health goals for 2015 and I can feel the pull of old habits and routines calling my name, so I reached out for some help (for all of us) I asked Andrew LoCurto who is training me out of Aspire Health and Performance for a little motivation to keep us all on track. Here is what he said:

“For all of those out there thinking about adjusting their timetable to eliminate or change their training routine. Stop!!! Things always get hard before they get easier, training is no different. At one point, this meant something to you, find that someone or emotion that had you fired up January 1st, rekindle that passion and keep the routine. The first two weeks is your body just getting used to the new you! 14/365 is not an acceptable score on an exam, it shouldn’t be for your health.” 

Take a moment and let that sink in. 


I will be repeating that in the back of my head more than once! Perhaps it will help keep you on track as well. 2015 can be the year we hit all our goals, let’s do this!

If you are interested in finding out more about where I train just check out Aspire Health and Performance! You can also find them on FB — HERE 🙂 See you soon!

Workout Wednesday ~ Nothing but snow

January 07, 2015

Workout Wednesday 

A new feature where we highlight some of the great things in the fitness industry and my training as I work towards being a competitive powerlifter again. 

Did you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you had to shovel.. and shovel .. and shovel during what felt like a never ending snow storm?

You are not alone and as the snow stopped and the temperature rose the shovelling continued!

Have you heard the term Heart Attack Snow? You might want to read more about it.. you can find a good article ~ HERE

For many (myself included) this was way more exercise in one sitting than had been done in awhile. Good on you for getting it done, but getting out of bed, doing up your shoes or sitting down might be a bit of chore for the next couple days as your muscles let out a collective O*&^GH^% at your behaviour.

Best plan for recovery besides the couch and an adult bevy.. pop a couple anti inflammatories and stretch.

I hate stretching. I truly do. I get bored and annoyed within seconds but truth is, it works.

I popped into Aspire Health and Performance where I have started my training to get back into powerlifting again to find 3 stretches to share with you that should make a difference.

Andrew LoCurto is my trainer, I asked him to demo 3 stretches that should do the trick.

I call this one: The Melting Snowman

This one: Andrew the Awkward Snow Angel

This one: The Snowball Thrust

Here is a great article with some solid tips on snow shovelling, which hopefully you will NOT need again this year in Kelowna.  HERE

I sure hope this helps!! Next Wednesday I will share with you how my training lead me to being trapped in a change room at The Bay in an incredibly embarrassing situation.

Seriously. Pure. Panic.

For more information on Andrew and the crew please click here: Aspire Health and Performance ~ Stop Working Out. Start training. 

New Year Resolution. It’s a good one!

January 03, 2015

New Year, the time of resolutions and life changes! There are a million blogs on how you can keep them, what they should or shouldn’t be and why they are a good idea or bad. I will leave those debates to others.

I often have used the New Year to kick my butt into gear to do some of the little things that linger on my :to do “list. Often I find I am successful, examples include wearing ear rings everyday, drinking more water and taking better care of my nails.

On New Years day I saw the usually list of status updates with well intended resolutions and as I scrolled through them I came across this status update from my wonderful smarty pants friend Lisa Garvey.

“I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions, but this year one just fell into place. For 2015 I’m determined to live a Schrödinger’s Cat kind of life. I want to enjoy life like I could die tomorrow and simultaneously take care of myself like I’m going to live forever. Be both carefree and careful. I want to find that balance that will lead to my best life.”

BOOM. Best. Resolution. EVER!

“Enjoy life like I could die tomorrow and simultaneously take care of myself like I’m going to live forever.”

That will be written down and put on the fridge or perhaps the bathroom mirror as a reminder everyday of a great way to look at day to day life!

Perhaps you will enjoy the idea as much as I did. Happy New Year!