“Gym Budddddayyyy!”

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Having a good gym buddy is important to me. Sometimes I lack the motivation to even get to bootcamp, let alone find the motivation to get my butt to the gym!

I’ve lucked out over the years.  I have met some fitness friends through classes I’ve joined, and some friends have taken up fitness over the years and joined me on my crazy fitness pursuits.

My friend Hilary used to wake up during the summer months when she didn’t even have to be up (she is a teacher with summers off) to run with me virtually, every Tuesday and Thursday morning at six am.  She would do her run by her place and I would do mine around my hood.  There were mornings I didn’t want to get up, but I knew I couldn’t disappoint her. Halfway ‘you can do this’ messages and the thought that someone else was going through the same thing as me made me try harder and feel more accountable for my workout.

I have two friends named Alex (Beinsy and Giordano to be specific) that are great workout buddies too.  Beinsy and I have been friends since Uni and over the years we’ve tried some crazy kettlebell workouts, running and cardio feats.  Giordano and I hit up bootcamp and crush some Goodlife Combat workouts together.  All in all, these ladies have helped me reach so many of my goals, that I can’t even begin to list them here 🙂

I’m not saying that you can’t ever do a workout by yourself, because those workouts are important too.  What I am saying though, is that a good gym buddy can sometimes motivate you to push beyond the limits that you set for yourself.  Sometimes these limits are set on purpose, and sometimes they are just mental blocks that prevent you from reaching your next fitness level or goals.  Either way, it’s great to have a workout buddy who will push you out of your comfort zone.

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Top 3 reasons to have a workout buddy:

1.  You will feel like getting up and doing that workout because you’re accountable, not only to yourself, but to your workout buddy.

2.  You will get satisfaction knowing that you are motivating someone else to do things that they wouldn’t necessarily do by themselves either.  Who doesn’t like that little ‘feel good’ “I’ve helped someone!” feeling?! 😉

3.  They point out the positives (at least a good one will!)  When you crush that goal, or do that extra burpee, they will point out and celebrate your accomplishments.  Sometimes it’s nice to get a pat on the back from someone who isn’t you!

Happy Training!

-Bexx

Sporting Life 10K 2013

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I ran the Sporting Life 10K this morning.  It’s one of my favourite races of the year- both because it’s a huge race of 27,000 people, and because it is for a great cause.

All of the money raised goes towards supporting Camp Oochigeas, which is a camp that is run for children with cancer.  A lot of people were wearing what they run for on signs that were pinned to their backs.  It was motivational to run behind someone wearing “Run for those who cannot” or those who were running in memory of someone who lost their battle with cancer. It really puts things into perspective- you are still alive, you are running – now give it all you’ve got!

I haven’t been training, so this race intimidated me a bit. My Achilles actually doesn’t feel that bad though, so I’m pretty excited about that! Healing is awesome.

The race itself was awesome.  I used to run with music and now when I do races I find that running without it makes me more in tune with the things around me and also with how I feel.  I used to think that it would be terrible to run without the help of the music, but now I find it invigorating!

I looked up my time on-line and for some reason it’s not there.  I am curious to know how I did.  I know that I wasn’t hitting a PB, by any means, but I’d love to at least know for myself, to see how much work I have to do to start hitting some of those PBs! 😉

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year.  I like shorter races, and I think I want to focus more so on getting faster, than distance.  I did a half marathon, and knocked it off the bucketlist.  Part of finishing that race turned me off of running for a bit, and I wasn’t sure why at the time.  Running in my head had become more of a job than something that was fun and that I enjoyed.  For now, I’ll put the half marathons on the back-burner and focus my eyes on the prize(s): some PBs in the 5K and 10Ks 🙂

Best sign on the side-lines of the race: “Fastest Parade Ever!” *grin*  I was quite amused.

2 million dollars were raised today for Camp Ooch, and at the end of the day that’s what counts the most!

Happy running,

-Bexx

5 Ways to Stay Inspired This Spring

As the lovely Spring weather arrives, I want to make sure that you all stay inspired.  I sometimes use these to help myself stay inspired, because inevitably we all need it at times 🙂

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A few of the things I think that you can do to feel your best while embracing this wonderful new season:

1-       Always make sure that you’re challenging yourself and not letting yourself plateau- you won’t stay inspired, if you aren’t changing it up.  Needless to say, this doesn’t mean ditch your favourite spin class altogether.  It means change things up and add new things into your routine.  Try a new barre class, join a social media #plankaday type challenge and you’ll be really surprised how much this inspires you to improve and do better. The encouragement from those around you will help especially when it comes to social media. 🙂

2-      Keep a positive attitude- You will do more, achieve more and celebrate more success if you have a positive attitude about fitness and health.  It has happened to all of us- bit by the ‘bittter bug’ – we have a negative attitudes sometimes.  It’s not always going to be sunny out, but the sun is still there somewhere behind the cloud.  It’s up to you to find it, harness it, and get that inspiration back!  You own this… do it up!

3-      Write down your goals and check them off when you complete them- I’m a big fan of lists and setting goals. I get extreme satisfaction from checking things off of my list and writing the date that I completed them beside it.  (See my Life KPI List)  There is a lot to be said about the positive reinforcement that is found through keeping a running tally of your accomplishments.  It’s all to easy to focus on the negative, but the positives will continue to take you to that new level.

4-      Look for others who are on similar journeys to your own- power in numbers! When you feel like giving up find a group of similar people who are on the same path that you are when it comes to fitness.  Maybe it’s joining a class to really keep you inspired, and rev up, or maybe it’s calling up some of your girl friends and going on a hike.  Either way surrounding yourself with like-minded people helps you maintain your path, but also reinforces the healthy choices that you’ve been making on your own.

5-      Inspire others- sometimes when you inspire someone else, the positive energy comes right back to you.  It arrives in the form of that ‘feel good’, I’ve helped someone else’ type feeling and it reminds us of our own accomplishments, how far we’ve come and where we’d like to see ourselves as well.  I’m not saying do things solely to inspire others, your heart also needs to be in it for you.  At the end of the day if you set a great example for those around you,  they will not be able to resist being inspired by you too 🙂

Happy  ‘Spring’ training,

-Bexx

Being a Gym-rat and Weight Training like Arnold…

Back in the day... when he wasn't busy with the nanny... too soon?! ;)
Back in the day… when he wasn’t busy with the nanny… too soon?! 😉

This week I have eased back onto the fitness train with an awesome cardio, strength and muscle-building routine with my friend Beinsy.  A friend of hers designed the routine, and she used it when she was in fitness competitions.  We do 3 sets of 3 different exercises.  We repeat these three exercises (20 reps of each) 4 times.  I’m sure there is a much better and less complicated way to say that, but alas, I am me and that’s just how I say it 😉

Today’s morning workout was hard on the lower back, but other than that I feel much stronger than I did when I started on Monday.

We did the workout Monday, Wednesday and this morning.  Week 2 will be amazing.  I start kick-boxing again, so I am sure that will also help.

I’ve honestly missed some good old weight training in my workouts.  I think that I often forget the value of adding these into my workouts.

I will soon be training for the Sporting Life 10k and need to get the running training in there too somewhere.  For me, balance will be key.  I’m not sure how I’m going to fit it all in, but I need to make sure that I at least try!

Are there any favourite circuit/weight training routines that you use?  What do you find the most effective in your training?

We workout!! Beinsy and I as Gym-Rats (Halloween-ish ;))
We workout!! Beinsy and I as Gym-Rats (Halloween-ish)

Always looking for some great advice and tip sharing!For now I will settle into this new routine of being a true ‘gym-rat’!Happy training!-Bexx

The Return of the Mack…er…Bexx

lacing up I picture my return to running like the first part of the Chris Morrison video in Return of the Mack when he’s walking down a hallway all blinged out, cool and suave, and the lights are shining down and he looks so confident, calm and collected like he belongs.  There’s a ‘no big deal’ attitude about the way he walks down that hall (click here if you care to watch and see what I’m talking about.)  When I lace up for the first time back, I’ll probably just have a ponytail, and won’t be wearing as much bling, but I think I could totally find a tunnel around here somewhere to start and look/feel like I’m in the video.  I have no idea what this has to do with anything, but I promise I have somewhat of a point to make 😀 (I’ll also never be quite sure why I have so many obscure pop culture references from the 90s in my head….I ought to get checked out ;))

Having only been out of commission once with a pulled hammy, I never really understood how people felt when they were injured and couldn’t do anything.

I healed the hammy in two weeks, and had welcomed the break from my crazy fitness routine at the time.  Now having suffered from this pain in the back of my ankle/heel, for about 6-8 weeks, I have not only exhausted all of the people who I can complain to, but I have also learned to appreciate how crappy an injury can be.  I mean don’t get me wrong, there are worse things in the world than a small injury like mine, but when the doctor told me today that I could run again, I wanted to jump up and give him a bear hug.  I don’t think that’s really welcomed or legal… so I held back.. but the point is, when you receive good news like that, it’s good to have brought a buddy that you can hug when there is good news.  I’m sure I had another point, but I’ll go with that one.

I am going to get myself some new running shoes, lace up and hit the road.  Not right this minute (because I’m busy typing away to you guys) but sometime soon! This rest has given me a new perspective, and I need to figure out what routine will work best for me.  I can’t just add everything back into my workout schedule, but I’m overall just happy that I can run.  Obviously I will have to take it easy and do lots of wonderful stretches, but I’m so thankful to be back.

A duck out of water is like a runner without a shoe?  I’m sure you get what I’m trying to say.  Either way, I believe John Malkovich puts it best in Burn After Reading when he says: “You  f*ckers, I’m back!” (I would have probably used the word b*tches instead and said “I’m back b*tches, I’m back… but I wasn’t in charge.  Sad really. )

xox

-Bexx

Bexx-ercize Your Workout Closet…

Yeah, I just wrote that….. I went there…. haha I’m laughing because I think it’s funny.  As most of you know, I tend to do that a lot.

Moving right along…. a few of my close friends and I have been chatting recently about our favourite workout gear and I thought that I would share some of mine.  This is totally not a solicited review of any kind, and totally just my random opinions on the workout gear that I will mention below.

I have a few favourite items that are must haves for me during a challenging workout:Under Armor Capris

1)  Under Armor HeatGear Capri Tights–  These tights are great for running, and also boot camping activities.  They are tight, provide compression and are very breathable.  I wear them in the summer and the winter.  I have used them indoors and out.  I tend to heat up a lot and man-sweat (as I like to call it…why am I single?!? oh yeahhhh)  so sometimes these are even perfect for a nice crisp fall/winterish day.  I have worn quite a few different types of pants to work out in, and these are by far my favourite.

2)  Lululemon’s Ta Ta Tamer ii –  I’ve always had trouble finding a good sports bra.  Sometimes I used to have to wear two.  Now I know some of you do tatatameriinot think this is a bad thing (namely men reading thinking.. yay boobs) but it really is key that the ladies stay tamed.  Lululemon has done a lot to make sure that this bra keeps your ladies well in place, while also making sure you do not have what appears to be a ‘uniboob.’  YAY Lulu!  I had the original, and now have upgraded.  There have been a few changes for those of you who are old school and have only experienced the older version.  A must-have for ladies wanting to keep their ladies under control, especially while running.

3) Lululemon’s Run: Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Shirt – This one is one of my favs.  I love wearing it to and from workouts, and also running outside.  Vfav shirtery breathable and the thumb holes are key.  Perfect for Fall/Spring running weather.  I loved wearing this in the Fall last year running outside when it was just starting to get chilly.  It’s one of my favourite to wear to and from workouts in the winter, because the thumb holes act as kind of like a glove, and that’s awesome because I always forget my mitts 😉  I also love the colours that are available.  The seams are anti-chaffing and it also has some Silverscent technology that has anti-odour properties.  Overall one of my favourite workout shirts.

So I hope that helps!  These are just some of my favourite picks.

If there are any ‘must-haves’ that you recommend, please leave your comments below.  I’d love to spring and buy myself some new gear! (that comes highly recommended of course :))

Happy training,

-Bexx

2013: NYE List

2013We all look at the New Year as an opportunity to start fresh, a blank slate so to speak, an “I can do anything because it’s January 1st” kind of moment!  I like that it is a new beginning, but I also want to remind myself that this blank slate shouldn’t mean that I forget all of which I have experienced and accomplished in the past year. (The gym will be more crowded this January and I will grumble and mumble things under my breath breaking my first New Year’s Resolution to be nicer…because someone is on my favourite machine at the gym, but I will try to remind myself that at some point that was me. ;))

As promised, here is my NYE List!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  I am so excited to see what in store in 2013!!

TOP 10 OUTSTANDING MOMENTS OF 2012…

  1. Running the lululemon Sea Wheeze half marathon in Vancouver.  It was my first half marathon, and my first run of the scenic sea wall in Vancouver.  I would recommend this race to anyone and everyone!!! So great!
  2. Being the maid of honour in my childhood best friend Chantal’s wedding.  What an honour and privilege to be a part of her very special day.
  3. Having a Christmas dinner with some of my old roommates.  We have the ability to laugh and make fun of each other/ourselves, and any situation for hours.  No matter how long we are apart we always come together and it feels like we’ve never been apart.
  4. Presenting for the first time in front of my global brand owners, the VP and two directors, and having the VP tell me that I “did a great job in there.” My confidence in public speaking is on the rise 🙂
  5. Having Hilary come home with me this summer to vacation/staycation at my childhood home.  We had so much fun, and I am always so grateful for my Hilary-time 🙂
  6. Spending time with my cousin Melissa this summer and during the Christmas holidays.  She is one of my favourite people in the whole world and she is absolutely hilarious and amazing!
  7. Getting to see beautiful Jamaica and cross it off my goal list!
  8. Sales and marketing conference in Collingwood.  Pre-gaming in the hotel before cocktails/dinner.
  9. Spending time with my mom and bro this Christmas.  As much as they tease me about being a princess, they still make me dinner and take care of me 🙂
  10. Winter running in Cobalt at night.  Best winter run of the season.  Most definitely challenging with all those hills 🙂 The frozen eyelashes are obviously also a favourite of mine.
TOP 5 DISAPPOINTMENTS IN 2012
  1. Not winning the lottery.  My friend Kevin and I have been practicing week after week.  We’re getting really good at playing the lottery, so it’s only fair if we win sometime soon! hah
  2. Gaining a lot of the weight back that I wanted to keep off and letting a lot of my fitness goals slip to the back burner of my life.
  3. Not beating my time in the Sporting Life 10k and realizing that I have a lot more work to do to get back into the shape I want to.
  4. Not becoming Prime Minister of Canada.  That’s always disappointing, not just in 2012 😉
  5. Having a major falling out with one of my best friends 😦
5 Goals for 2013
  1. To run a sub 58 minute 10k.
  2. To practice what I preach and become the fitness guru I’d love to be. 🙂
  3. Travel more and see the world.
  4. Keep up with the blogging and improve my writing as much as I can.
  5. Hit my goal weight.

3 Best New People of the Year-

  1. Jo  (@clickflickca) –  This social media guru never ceases to amaze me.  He’s everywhere all the time, and he makes an amazing partner in crime at fashion shows!
  2. Rae Gibson (@raeraegibson) –  One of my favs, great mentor, running buddy and office giggle sharer.
  3. Jentzen- (@JentzenMShea) –  Sometimes you just meet someone who you can sit down and chat with over London Fogs for hours 🙂
  4. Mitch- (@MitchParkerRE) – VIP to me, important member of the trifecta, and has a corny sense of humour like yours truly.  (I’m sure you’ve noticed that this is 4 Best new people and not 3, but I rarely follow the rules 😉 Rules are made to be broken in some cases hah.)

Happy New Year everyone!! May you set some great goals for yourself, and stick with them 🙂

-Bexx