Recent Workout Roundup #3 – Instagramers

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Holy man! It’s been awhile. Scrolling through my past posts I now see that it’s been 8 months since I last shared my workout journey with you guys. Man how it’s changed.

I started personal training with my good friend Cynthia from Cynergy Fitness in Richmond Hill about 6 months ago. She certainly kicked my butt into gear and has really changed my entire mindset when it comes to working out and eating healthy (although I still struggle with that eating part, but that’s my own fault). Cynthia helped me understand how to optimize my time in the gym and make the most of the equipment that I have access to. She’s also helped me reach many goals such as finishing a 5km run, which I completed this past November, as well as repeatedly reaching personal bests when it comes to strength training and weight lifting! Guess who can squat 115lbs?!

Yet with my sessions of personal training coming to an end and with moving away from Richmond Hill, I’ve had to find other ways to keep my workouts varied and interesting. I love everything that Cynthia sent me off with, but sometimes I find myself in a workout rut; constantly doing the same things over and over and working the same muscles every day. That’s not going to work now is it? So I’ve turned to Instagram; my main entertainment source has become my main learning tool! (Stay tuned for more posts about all I’m learning from Instagramers).

So who do I turn to for workout tips and new ideas on Instagram?

  1. Zanna Van Dijk (@zannavandijk) – author of recently released “STRONG”
  2. Alexia Clark (@alexia_clark) – online programs
  3. Kayla Itsines (kayla_itsines) – creator of BBG
  4. Zuzka Light (@zuzkalight) – creator of ZGYM
  5. Brittany Dawn (@brittany_dawn_fitness) – YouTube programs

and of course, check out Cynthia from Cynergy Fitness @cynthia_sager1969

Check them out! I’m constantly saving and sending myself several of their workouts weekly and each and every time I’m at the gym I try something new! The awesome thing is that they also often post videos for workouts at home or without any equipment at all! No more excuses! Instagram has become my number one learning and education tool for hobbies and skills – there are so many amazingly skilled people out there! Happy searching fitness friends!


631 Days to Wedding Day – The Wedding Weight Loss

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Wow…that’s a lot of days. But with my mind racing and the excitement building for what I’m hoping is the best day of my life, there are a few things that need to get done so time to get down to business. First and foremost, the wedding weight loss.

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life – chubby child, insecure teen, and extreme crash dieter in my early adult years. I’ve tried it all. But over the past year I’ve truly fallen in love with working out and killing it in the gym. But, of course, it’s not all about working out. Weight loss heavily depends on your diet and what you’re eating. Without a doubt this is where I struggle. As any of my family and friends can attest, I love food and lots of it. So this journey is never an easy one. Although I seem to know what needs to be done, the follow through is not my strong suit.

My weight has changed over the past year. The number on the scale has remained the same, yet with my workouts and more active lifestyle the weight has really shifted itself around making it seem as though I’ve lost weight. Of course we all know muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe its true I’ve lost some inches. But when my pants are just as tight as they were before it’s incredibly discouraging. I get caught in bad habits: skipping meals, eating well all day only to binge at night, eating twice the amount in one sitting than someone twice my size should, etc. And after each and every meal I berate myself and get moody, wondering why I’ve caught myself up in this horrible vicious cycle once again. So with 631 days until the wedding (that’s approximately 20 months and 21 days) it’s time to get down to business.

So this is where I could certainly use some help. I’ve got the workout and the gym stuff covered! Thanks to my good friend Cynthia at Cynergy Fitness I’ve really learned how to optimize my time in the gym and crush it! But when it comes to a meal plan, a diet, just simple everyday eating I could use all the help I can get. I know what I should eat but maybe it’s just a case of motivation and sticking with it? What works for you?

I just want to feel as beautiful as I can on my wedding day and love my body. I want to do this for myself. For those of you who have had successful weight loss journeys, what’s your secret?


Keeping Track with Fitbit


No, this post isn’t sponsored. This is just me being totally into something health related for once in my life. I’m totally into my new fitness routine – it’s true what they say, once you start to see results its hard to stop. Maybe I’ve never quite seen results like this in the past, and I still have a long way to go, but I’m more dedicated than I’ve been in the past and this time I have help in tracking my weight, calories burned and taken in, and all of my exercise! And it’s all so easily done with the help of Fitbit.

I’ve had a Fitbit for a few years but never really saw any benefits in it, mainly cause I’m a lazy so-and-so who has always disliked anything active. But a few months ago I really tried to get into tracking everything health and fitness related….and then I put my Fitbit through the wash. Whoops! Time for a new one, so I upgraded from the Fitbit Flex to the Fitbit Charge HR! I went from simply tracking steps and calories burnt as well as manually inputting exercise, food and sleep, to tracking steps, kilometres, calories burnt, automatic exercise tracking, sleep tracking and heart rate tracking.

This simple technology is pushing me to reach my goals and stay on track. I’m so disappointed on the days that I don’t reach my calorie out and in goals, or if I don’t reach my 10,000 steps of the day. And I’m constantly comparing my results with my friends…I can get a little competitive. And one of my favourite things about the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR is that it’s also a caller ID right on your wrist when it’s connected to your phone. Great for me at work!

I haven’t lost lbs yet, but I’ve lost numbers in my measurements!! Thanks to my Fitbit for keeping me on track and kicking my butt.