Countdown to Jamaica…

24 01 2012

There are exactly 3 weeks until my trip to Jamaica, which means I have exactly 3 weeks to make some progress on my weight loss goals!

Day 1

I was in too much of a rush today to take any food pics, but I’m probably going to repeat my meals for the rest of the week so stay tuned. Here’s the run down:
Breakfast: egg whites (scrambled) on naan bread (half)
Snack: Quaker Chewy chocolate chip granola bar
Lunch: Salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and tempeh (Turtle Island Foods Sesame Garlic tempeh strips–my new fave protein source. Yummy!) with an Asian inspired homemade dressing (soy sauce, lemon juice, agave nectar, garlic, ginger, shallots, & Vega EFA oil).
Snack: Jell-o Chocolate Indulgence Mousse Temptations
Dinner: Naan Pizza with onions and mushrooms
Dessert: Toffee chip cookies (oops!)

Overall, not too bad a day food-wise. 🙂 I made up for those cookies by working out hard doing this crazy strength training class.

I’ve been wanting to do a review of this really cool women’s only fitness studio I started going to last year called Flirty Girl Fitness, so here’s a quick one. Flirty Girl is well known for being one of the pioneers of the pole dancing exercise classes in Toronto (they also have studios in Chicago), but in addition to the pole dancing classes, they offer a variety of dance, cardio, and strength training classes.

These classes are INTENSE!! And amazing! Most of them are total body circuit training-like workouts. They usually go non-stop for 60 minutes–NO breaks! The instructors are all super fit and very motivating, they really push you so you get a fantastic workout that leaves your muscles feeling like jelly and sore for the next few days. The best kind! 🙂

I haven’t been able to get to the gym in a couple of months because it’s a bit of trek for me (and I’ve been so lazy LOL), but luckily the company came up with an ingenious idea. Flirty Girl films some of their classes and streams them live online at FlirtyGirlFitness LIVE. For $15/month, you can watch and participate in an unlimited number of classes. It’s pretty awesome to not have to travel to the gym and just pull up a class on my laptop, but, of course, that means I have to motivate myself to actually do it haha! 🙂

There are, of course, some drawbacks. Because the classes are streamed live, there are some issues with the sound and sometimes with videos loading properly. Sometimes classes get cut off at the end (I think that usually happens when the studio class is running behind getting started). Also, some of the studio classes use a variety of equipment like weights, medicine balls, foam rollers, resistance bands, stability balls, and Bender balls. If you don’t have the equipment at home, it’s hard to get the full benefits of the workout. However, some instructors do offer suggestions for alternate ways to do the exercises.

Overall, as much as I hate the class while doing it, I love how I feel afterward! I highly recommend both the studio and online classes. They’ve been worth every penny 🙂

Back to today’s workout…I did a 60 min Body Blast class that was killer! My arms and legs are jelly right now…and I love it! I’d say I worked off those cookies 😉

Let’s hope tomorrow goes as smoothly. If I can walk that is.


(belated) HELLO 2012!

22 01 2012

I have been avoiding my blog for quite some time, just as I have been avoiding regularly exercising and eating heathily. Life has been in a state of stagnation for the last few months. I finished teacher’s college and took a few months off to relax while job hunting. Unfortunately, I started the job hunt too late and now must wait to re-apply for teaching positions for Fall 2012. 

I don’t mind that too much because I still work part-time and live at home so I don’t have many expenses, but I hate when people ask me if I’m working and I have to tell them I am unemployed!

Luckily, things started turning around when I started volunteer teaching in a school. It was great to get back into a regular schedule and have a real purpose. So now I am keeping very busy volunteering during the day and working at my part-time job on the weekend. I come home exhausted!

After two weeks of readjusting after the holidays, I’m finally getting back into a workout routine with 2 main goals in mind:
1. I’m signing up for the Sporting Life 10K run on Sunday, May 13, 2012
I ran so sparsely in the last few months that I’ve lost any running endurance I had built up in the spring. To train for my 10K, I’m following Hal Higdon’s Novice 10K plan.
2. I’ve got to get bikini ready for upcoming vacations!
I’ve got 2 vacations booked and another tentatively planned.
First up is Negril, Jamaica in February! 🙂 I’ve got 3 weeks to get as comfortable in a bathing suit as I can!
Next is my cousin’s wedding reception in California in April.
Finally, a couple of girlfriends and I are trying to plan a trip to Vegas for my birthday weekend in July. That one might not work out, but if it does, I’m hoping to finally be in a bikini!

In the meantime, I’m hoping to start blogging more frequently to keep track of my workouts and meals.

We’ll have to wait and see if I can finally be determined enough to follow through! 🙂