Do As I Say, Not As I Do + A New Dance Fitness Video!

Happy Thursday Friends! I do have a new video to share with you, but first I want to talk about something…

Back in January I wrote this post about how I’d gained weight over Christmas and how I wasn’t upset about it. And I wasn’t. And I’m still not. However, I had thought I would have long since lost those few pounds, but I haven’t. Each time I see a photo of myself I’m reminded that I haven’t lost that weight, and it’s frustrating. I know on social media I often share with you my “treats” because I want you to know that it’s okay to enjoy a burger and fries or ice cream or whatever now and then, but don’t think for a second that it is indicative of how I normally eat. This past year especially since trying to fix my hormone imbalance naturally, and becoming a nutrition & weight-loss specialist I’ve probably eaten better healthier) than I have at any other time in my life. And yet compared to one year ago I am about 14 pounds heavier.

The logical part of me knows that at least some part of the 14 pounds is lean muscle mass. But I’d be lying to myself and to you if I said it was mostly muscle. The truth is realistically somewhere around 8-10 pounds of it is fat, and most of that is on my ass.
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Brooks Glycerin 12 Running Shoe

Now that I’ve had my Glycerin 12‘s for a few months and have run a decent amount of miles in them, I feel like I’ve spent enough “quality time” with them to post my honest review of how I’m liking them.

11101230_10152859607888717_8575464303098628687_nFor starters, they’re beauti-ful! I am so in love with the blue and purple combo!!!

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Sickie + Dance Fitness Video For You

Well, I’m a big old sickie today. I don’t know if it’s my IBS, or a bug but I am most certainly not feeling good. The bad news for me is I can’t afford to cancel my classes today so I have to keep plugging away. Working when you don’t feel well is bad enough, but when your work is exercise – that’s a whole other level of nastiness.

Anyway, enough of the glum talk. Last night I was heading out the door to teach my evening classes and I realized I had no videos planned – oops. So I fell back on a couple old routines to share with you this week, and then next week I’ll share the next two Body Sculpt videos.


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Ellie Black’s Journey To The 2015 Pan Am Games

I’m so darn excited to finally be writing this post to let you all in on the secret I’ve been keeping from you for the last two months!

I have partnered with McKesson® Canada and it’s retail pharmacy banners (Guardian, IDA, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and PROXIM) and more specifically it’s exclusive atoma® brand who have sponsored five Canadian athletes on their journey to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, including Nova Scotian artistic gymnast Ellie Black.

“This year, Canada has the chance to host the third largest international sports competition – we’re proud to support our Canadian hopefuls at this major event,” explains Alain Champagne, President, McKesson Canada, ” Our team atoma® athletes are models of perseverance and performance,” he continued. “It’s an honour for us to act as an ally in helping them stay healthy on their way to the Games.”

Aside from Ellie (who we will talk more about in a moment) team atoma® is made up of diver Jennifer Abel from Quebec, sprint canoeist Mark Oldershaw and wheelchair rugby player David Willsie, both from Ontario, and swimmer Ryan Cochrane from British Columbia. Team atoma® will represent the brand as ambassadors across the country and will inspire more Canadians to embrace an active lifestyle for Better Health.

You may be wondering where I come in, in all of this. Well, as the title of this post might indicate, I have the distinct pleasure of following Ellie’s journey to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, and sharing it with all of you! I am beyond thrilled to have the chance to share the journey of such an accomplished gymnast who also happens to be a proud Nova Scotian!


Over the coming months you can look forward to reading more about Ellie and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a chance to meet her and see her practise one day soon. This girl has some amazing skills, just check out this sweet video she posted on Instagram last weekend!

Ummmm what!? #CrazyAwesome

I’m also going to have the chance to have a give away or two for you all of atoma® products. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, not only are they the Official Pharmacy to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, they are the exclusive brand of the Guardian, I.D.A. and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and PROXIM (in Quebec). atoma® products are made of the highest quality and they contain the same active ingredients as national brands, but at lower prices.

And to top it off, as part of my partnership with atoma® I get to go to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am games and the first two days of competition! We don’t know yet if Ellie will be competing on those first two days, but even if she isn’t there will be amazing athletes and competition to be seen that is for sure. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to share more about Ellie and her accomplishents in the weeks and months to come.

In the meantime, you should absolutely be following Ellie on Instagram and Twitter (@ellieblack_) if you’re not already. And you can catch er tonight (Thursday, April 16th) on CTV’s  Live at 5. She is also being interviewed by Sandy Smith from CBC News Radio, Eastlink TV, and will be Global Morning News tomorrow morning so keep your eyes pealed for those as well!

I’m going to try to find the interview clips online after they air and post them here for you to watch, but even if you don’t catch them, you can be sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about Ellie Black leading up to the games, both here and in traditional news media as well.

You guys…I’m going to the 2015 TORONTO Pam Am Games!! :D :D :D Phew! It’s so nice to let the cat out of the bag!

To learn more about team atoma®, the brand’s products and online contest, consumers can visit

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you as part of my partnership with McKesson® Canada/atoma®. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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3 Tips to Overcome (mental) Burn Out + Body Sculpt Warm-up Video

Heeeeeey! I gotta say, since the sun has decided to come out a few times this week I’m feeling a whole lot less cranky. Man this has been a rough winter for us in Nova Scotia. I’ve droned on and on about it here and in my email newsletters (sorry!) but all of Nova Scotia has been dealing with a serious case of the winter blahs for way too long. These warmer temperatures (and resulting snow melt) have really started to lift my spirits!

It’s also no secret that I’ve been dealing with a little burn-out  (largely thanks to the never ending winter, the reoccurrence of health issues – including IBS, and some other “unpleasantness” like this ) and I’m happy to say I am starting to feel like I’m getting passed that as well.

A couple of the things that have really helped me with my burnout were:

Talking About It

As soon as I opened up to you all about it I got some many comments and messages it really helped make me feel better. And it’s so nice to know that I wasn’t in it alone, and to help others who also were dealing with burnout realize that they aren’t alone either. Talking about these things always makes them better.

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