The Times they are a-Changin’

Don’t let this be you tomorrow!

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I cannot believe the time change is already here.  BUT, I guess that means we’re that much closer to Spring and outdoor activities.

I kid you not, I am STILL surrounded by mountains of snow but the sun has been shining here and there (although I think it’s supposed to snow again today *sigh*) and I’m dreaming of warmer weather.

So, even though we’re losing that hour tomorrow, be sure to make the make the effort to fit that workout in.

~Fit Bitch

My Mind is Getting a Workout!

Y’know, when I signed up for my Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist course at Christmas time I honestly thought it would be a breeze.

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This particular CanFitPro course is all online – except for the classroom day which, by the way, is next Saturday – and I thought doing an online course would be a piece-of-cake.  I was wrong!

First of all, I hate online courses.  This is my first and likely my last!  I really love having a book – like, an actual paper book that I can flip through pages, highlight notes, write in the margins, and refer to certain page numbers for reference.  This is something I am unable to do right now.  Aggghh!!

Second, depending on what device I’m using – computer, iPod, or tablet – the layout AND page numbers of the online manual are different.  THAT is a complete pain in my ass.  I am a huge note-taker and I really like being able to make a note, write down the page number I found it on, and refer back to it for more info later.  This is also some I am unable to do right now.

Thirdly, depending on the day, the site is sometimes down or I get a page error.  Hello??  WASTING MY TIME!! Not an option!!

I am frantically working my way through this course, trying to get it completed as it is a requisite for next Saturday’s class.  Please be patient with me.  I have not forgotten you.  I have so much to tell and share.

Sadly, it’s Friday night and I will be sitting right here with my computer working away for the next several hours.  Wish me luck.

~Fit Bitch

Snow Workout

I’ve clearly been getting some extra cardio and strength workouts in this past week:

Yep - there's a car under there.  MY CAR!

Yep – there’s a car under there. MY CAR!

We had a major blizzard here in Nova Scotia (and other parts of the Maritimes) last weekend.  Obviously I was snowed in for a few days which means I had to cancel my classes and miss the gym.  So, on top of the crazy home workouts I did I got to shovel a whole lot of snow.  Like, a whole lot.  A.TON!

Fortunately, the majority of the snow in the photo above was cleared by a plow but, as you can see, my car was almost completely buried and digging my way to clear a path to get to the car was a feat in its own.  I felt totally accomplished by the end.

~Fit Bitch

30 Day Plank Challenge Starts TODAY!!

My last post was an intro to the 30 Day Plank Challenge….and it.starts.now!

You have an easy 20 seconds to do.  Start planking.

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The great thing about this (as with most) exercise is that you can only improve.  (Unless, of course you suffer injury, and please, let’s all avoid that!)

You can do each day’s challenge once or several times.  Become a master!

And you can do it anywhere….I will find no shame in dropping down by my desk to plank for 20, 30, 60 seconds.  :)

No excuses for this one (again, unless you have suffered an injury, especially to your lower back.  With a physician’s approval, however, planks are excellent for strengthening back muscles  – along with the rest of your muscles).

I CHALLENGE YOU ALL TO THE NEXT 30 DAYS!!

~Fit Bitch

30 Day Plank Challenge

Did I do this before? I thought maybe I had but looking back at past posts it seems that I didn’t actually post a separate Plank Challenge but plans were also included in the 30 Day Ab Challenge.

I noticed a few of my friends doing a version of the Plank Challenge on Facebook this past month so I figured I might as well get in on it too and share it with you.

Now, I plank all the time.  I do it at the gym, in my classes, when I’m bored.  And I make the girls in my boot camp classes plank all.the.time.  They hate me. :)

Planks are one of the best exercises because it works and strengthens so many areas of the body. Think about it – when you’re in proper plank position how many parts of your body are engaged?  Core, back, shoulders, arms, wrists, neck, legs, ankles, butt…everything is working here.

There are two basic planking positions you can choose from for this challenge:

The low plank:

Low Plank - from the elbows

Low Plank – from the elbows

or the high plank:

High Plank - arms extended

High Plank – arms extended

and of course there is a beginner/modified version (*note – you can modify the high or low plank):

Modified Plank - which can be done high or low - from the knees

Modified Plank – which can be done high or low – from the knees

The proper form of either of these planks is to ensure a straight line from head to toe.  Be sure not to strain your neck or let your back sink (or butt raise)…these will only lead to injury, AND if either of these occur then you’re not engaged properly and defeating the purpose.

There is no shame in modifying your plank (or any exercise, for that matter) – whether it’s from the start or you’re halfway thru your daily challenge and need to take a knee a for a second or two or go fully into the modification.  If you’re feeling shaky or weakness or pain that’s your body telling you to smarten up and take it a little easy.  You can’t go beast mode if you’ve got a broken back or wrist.

So, since we’re at the end of January, take the next day or two to “practice” your plank and then for the next 30 days enjoy the challenge.

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~Fit Bitch

Beast Mode

Beast ModeY’know, except for those times when I’m recovering from an injury, I always put 100 % into my workouts – even if I’m strapped for time and can only spare 10 or 20 minutes (this rarely happens for me nowadays) I put everything into my workout.  I want to leave the gym or a class feeling like I really accomplished something. I want to feel like I earned that sweat or those gloriously sore muscles.

Last week I hurt my back at the gym – I tweaked an old (serious) injury and the following few days I was in pain and hobbling around…..the fact that I was able to dress myself those days was a feat in itself.  And although I’d had plans for exercise I played it smart and safe and took a few days off.  Last night I did 30 minutes of yoga (from the P90X series, which is a little bonkers) and felt really good to get those stretches in and start a little sweat.  But once the back pain reared its head I decided I’d had enough.

Tonight I felt good and strong and ready to go.  I just finished a great workout – I didn’t overdo it and definitely didn’t do anything that I knew would leave me hobbling for the rest of the week.  But what I did do I did full beast mode.

(Note* – I don’t encourage or condone working out while injured.  I am a professional with a history of a recurring back injury and I know my limits.)

What my body was capable of I let it do.  And what my mind new better of, I made sure to avoid.

~Fit Bitch

Time

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Someone said to me once “The weight didn’t come on in a day, it won’t come off in a day.”

That is something we all must remembers. It will take time to undo the “damage” we’ve done to our bodies. We just need to take our time and stick with the work and the end results will be worth it.

~Fit Bitch

Getting Started

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Don’t be afraid of the unknown. You can do this!

Years ago when I decided to make a change to my lifestyle, I had no idea where to start…so I just started.  I got up one day and climbed on my elliptical and that was it.  My life changed in those moments and I have never looked back.

Making a change can be a scary thing.  We become so accustomed to our lifestyles and comfortable in our habits and often the idea of change – regardless of how grand and beneficial it can be – holds us back.

But don’t let it….don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid of looking silly or feeling self-conscious or doing something wrong….because whatever you choose to do, you’re already a step ahead of where you were yesterday.  And you’re miles ahead of those who are still stuck on the couch.

You can do this!

~Fit Bitch

A Workout Recap

I’m gonna brag here for a minute….I have honestly had a great week of workouts!

Monday night I taught my boot camp class.  It was the first class of the new sessions and a few new peeps were present so I wanted to keep it interesting for the regulars and just the right intensity for the newbies.  It was fan-friggin’-tastic!!  We all worked up a great sweat and felt exhilarated when the class was over.

That right there is important to me…I always want to feel exhilarated when my workouts are completed.  I want to feel good and accomplished; not like I’ve just finished a very menial task.

In fact, I had several notes after the class and the following day from a few of the boot camp participants thanking me for a great workout and that they felt great and were happy to be back.

The rest of the week’s workouts were spectacular – Wednesday night I worked out at home and I changed it up a bit – trying a combo of new workouts, Thursday night I hit the gym for a much-needed run, followed by a superb strength workout (by myself and then with my client), then I followed that up with a Zumba class.  I finished the night off with a yoga class and it.felt.so.good!

Last night it was a bit stormy here in Nova Scotia so I came home again and worked out here.  I did one round of one of my boot camp sessions and kicked it in the ass!!  It feels so good to do that kind of craziness!

I’m taking today off because my calf muscles are a little stiff and sore (likely from my run the other night) and I’m heading out for a massage shortly.  I really think I deserve that today.

Thank goodness for rest day!

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~Fit Bitch

Love/Hate

I almost always love doing my workouts – it’s part of my life and who I am – but there are those times……

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There is so much satisfaction in completing a workout, no matter how intense or “easy” it may be.  It’s an accomplishment and we should always feel proud.

~Fit Bitch

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