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What You Think You Want (to be skinny) vs What You Actually Want

I’ve been there, thinking that if you could just fit into a certain size, or weigh a particular number that you would be happy.

Thinking that once I reach my goal and get “skinny enough” everything will just fall into place; I will enjoy my life, people will like me, that boy will like me, I will be happy and like myself….

However, that’s not the reality.

With that kind of thinking you will never truly be satisfied.

These kinds of thoughts lead to very unhealthy behaviours.

You start to realize that even though you reached what you thought was your goal weight, you’re still not happy, people don’t seem to like you more, you certainly aren’t happy with yourself, that boy still doesn’t like you, and you’re miserable.

So you start to think that you need to continue to lose more weight.

You think that this obviously wasn’t enough and you need to be “skinnier” in order to actually be happy and love yourself.

Is this starting to sound crazy now that it’s not just in your head and it’s written and all out in the open?

Does this sound like any way to live?

Continuously beating yourself up.

Feeling guilty over every piece of food you put into your mouth.

Thinking you need to wake up and run for an hour to burn off the calories from a night out with friends.

Forever hating your body.

No, this is no way to live.

It’s not healthy and it is never going to make you happy.

What you really want is to be healthy, to be strong, to be fit.

I know, because I’ve been there.

I’ve been at a body composition that I was uncomfortable with myself, I’ve been at a weight that I was very underweight – both I was not confident or happy.

Then, I discovered my own strength.

I became educated on weight training and proper nutrition.

I was soon increasing my weights in the gym, gaining muscle, becoming stronger physically and mentally, everyday.

When you are “skinny” you are not necessarily “healthy.”

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I wasn’t.

I had no energy.

I had no social life.

I looked sickly.

I was no fun.

I have never been as confident, healthy, happy and strong, as I am now.

30lbs heavier than my lowest weight in September of 2013.

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The number on the scale cannot tell you how your clothes fit.

The number on the scale cannot tell you how strong you are.

The number on the scale cannot tell you how much the people in your life love you.

The number on the scale means absolutely nothing.

You do not have to starve yourself and do hours of cardio to be happy in your body.

The way to a healthier and happier you is to find a way to make a full on lifestyle change, that will benefit your health in the long run, but that is sustainable forever.

People can never guess how much I weigh, because I weigh a lot more than I look.

I don’t get offended, or upset about the number on the scale.

I am not worried about what other people think of me.

I am proud of how far I have come, physically and mentally.

This new strength, and confidence came from letting go of what society thinks I should do and look like, and focusing on my health.

So take it from me, you don’t want to be skinny.

You want to be strong.

You want to be healthy.

You want to be happy.

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How to Kickstart Your Metabolism 

The word metabolism is thrown around all the time;“I have a slow metabolism, it makes it so hard to lose weight”, 

“You are so skinny you must have a fast metabolism,”

“Eating every three hours helps speed up metabolism.”
However, most people don’t know what it actually means.
Metabolism: the energy required to maintain normal and life sustaining body functions (breathing, heart rate, body temperature, tissue growth -muscle, etc.) while at rest. 

In other words, your metabolism is the amount of calories your body needs in a day to survive and continue to function properly, it is related to the rate at which your body burns calories and how efficiently it uses the calories you feed it. 
Resting metabolic rate (RMR) doesn’t vary a whole lot in healthy people, with the exception of those who have an underachieve thyroid, however you can increase the energy needed to sustain your functions and how your body uses the calories you consume by increasing your lean body mass. 
Exercise actually changes how your body uses the calories you eat. 
Muscle is more “expensive” calorie wise to sustain than fat, 1 pound of muscle burns 50 more calories at rest than 1 pound of fat. Therefore, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle your RMR increases by an extra 500 calories a day!
That means by strength training and gaining muscle, you can technically “speed up your metabolism” because your body will need more energy (food) to sustain it’s functions, especially tissue repair and growth. Furthermore, when you strength train regularly your body will learn to store the food you eat (mostly carbs and protein) differently; what you eat will go to your muscles first because it knows that you will need them either for energy in those muscles in the near future, or to repair those muscles from a workout. However, don’t let that make you think you can eat whatever you want all the time, because there is a limit to how much glycogen (stored form of carbs) your muscles can hold, and after that amount your body will start to store it as fat. The good news is, the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will be able to handle to either maintain your weight, or even lose weight! 
On the other hand, certain habits and behaviours can technically, “slow your metabolism.”
One of the hardest things on your metabolism is hardcore dieting, for a prolonged period of time. The reason behind this is that our bodies are very smart; when you are in a calorie deficit for too long your body believes that you are not going to be able to find food again for a while, so in order to survive it starts to “slow down your metabolism.” This means that your hormones will make you store more of the food you eat as fat for energy and will also decrease your activity so you burn fewer calories and don’t “waste for energy”. Have you ever noticed that when you are dieting for a long period of time your weight loss starts to plateau? Or that you feel very sluggish….therefore move less?

 This is why “diet breaks” and/ or a cheat meal are great, not only for your mental sanity while trying to lose weight, but also for your hormones. Cheat meals (not whole cheat days/ weeks) trick your body into seeing that you are not starving it and allows it to start burning more calories again.
In conclusion, the best way to help with a “slow metabolism” is to add strength training to your routine and make sure you are not dieting too hard, too long!

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You Are More Important Than Your Weight

*News Flash* no one cares about how much you weigh, other than you!

And that extra layer of love around your mid-section? I can guarantee you no one obsesses over it as much as you do. The only reason someone else may notice it is because you are constantly grabbing it and complaining about it.

Would you pick a friend apart like you do to yourself?

Hopefully not.

So why are we so quick to judge ourselves?

When did the number on the scale become such a topic of discussion, mainly anger and embarrassment, in our society?

I hear it all the time, even from people who don’t have much, if any to lose, that they think they “need to be 10lbs lighter” to be the right weight for their body.

Who says?

There’s a difference between needing to drop 30lbs for health reasons and thinking you need to be X pounds because some skinny fitness model weighs that – or because that number is easier to tell people.

There is almost 5 years difference in those pictures, and my weight is almost the same in both – in fact, I may even be a little heavier on the right.

Do you still believe your scale is the indicator of your self-worth?

I don’t believe in “goal-weights” because exercise doesn’t just effect the number on the scale but it changes where and how you body stores weight. The point of the picture is to show that the scale isn’t the be all and end all.

Every body is different. Every body is beautiful. Every body is perfect in its own way.

I have been many different weights and body compositions in between these two pictures, and although I am not currently the leanest I’ve ever been, I am happy and proud of myself and how far I’ve come; not just physically but mentally. It has taken me a long time to get to where I am, so I know it’s not a change you can make over night. However you can start to love yourself at anytime.

Go to a mirror, right now.

Then, say three things that you truly love about yourself.

At first this can be hard, but the more you do it the more comfortable you will get with this.

From now on try to replace every negative thought you have about yourself with at least 3 positive thoughts.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect,; I look at myself and could point out plenty of things I would like to change, my body image is still something I need to work on everyday. But each time I feel the negative thought spiral starting I try to remind myself of how far I have come and all that I’ve been through and everyday I get a little nicer to myself.

It’s true what they say; the most beautiful people are the happiest people who are confident and comfortable in their own skin.

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Everything I Ate Today

“What do you eat for breakfast?” 

“Do you eat sugars? Bread? Fat?” 

“Oh I bet you wouldn’t eat that” 

I get asked about my diet so often that I figured it would be easiest just to show you. So, I took a picture of everything before I ate it today so hopefully it will answer some of your questions. 

*However, I’m not saying you should eat what I do because everybody’s body is different and everyone has different goals. What I am trying to say is that there are no “perfect” foods or meal plans, and that you don’t have to give up your favourite foods to reach your goals. 

I am also going to include pictures of me first thing and right before bed to show any sort of difference. 

Let’s begin: 

Breakfast before work was a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and walden farms pancake syrup, two slice of white toast (yes, you read that right – I ate white bread!! ) with peanut butter, a banana and yogurt. I don’t discriminate against what color my bread is, I just eat what we have in the basket. 

Oh, and how could I forget my large mug of heaven, I mean coffee! Black with a bit of stevia. 


Then my post workout snack I had a birthday cake combat bar, which tastes like heaven with one apple and one pear cut into slices because I’m a child at heart.


After my killer leg workout I had a leftover hamburger with ketchup and again a white hamburger bun, with a nectarine and pear both cut into slices. 


Then before I went back to work I had a quick and easy dinner because I was sort of in a hurry;  chicken with sweet potato, white potato, turnip and a salad. I cut up the veggies and sprinkled some spices on them then put them in the oven, super simple and delicious! 


… Then I was still hungry so I knew I needed something else to hold me over until I was home again so I had some rice cakes, one with honey and the other with Reese spreads… Anything peanut butter and chocolate is my weakness! But hey, it gave me the energy I needed for work!


My bed time snack tonight was a banana, nectarine, a protein shake, one rice cake with peanut butter and honey… And some cookie dough ice cream because it was too hot not to! 

Was that what you were expecting? 

I hope not! 

Yes, the majority of the foods I eat are healthy. I always eat 7+ servings of fruit/ vegetables a day, at least 5 servings of veggies, but I also allow myself a treat every so often because I have a sweet tooth and life is too short to deprive yourself! 

And here, at the end of the day after all of my meals and over 3L of water, my body is happy, my muscles are pleased and I feel great! 

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My Competition Experience 

The best day of my life. Saturday, April 9th, 2016 is the day that I competed in my first fitness competition, IDFA 94, and I absolutely loved it!

I placed second overall in the Fitness Model class and first overall in Women’s Bikini!


So now you are assuming that I enjoyed it because I walked away with two trophies, which I’ll admit is part of what made it such an enjoyable experience, but it is not the main reasons!
I want to share a bit of what I experienced, some of my thoughts, some of my insider information that I got from the experience of the other competitors and my future plans.
The week leading up to the show is called, “Peak Week” as your nutrition and workouts are quite different and sometimes seem unorthodox, but this week is designed to get you to your peak physical condition by the day of the show.

This week can either be extremely fun and enjoyable or it can be extremely hard physically and mentally. The difference is in your approach. I luckily had an amazing and smooth prep due to the great health I was in mentally and metabolically before I started prep (see previous post on my transformation and >25lb bulk in 2.5 years), and the knowledge from my coach, who because of her education was able to keep me healthy and my metabolism high all throughout my 12 weeks of “dieting”. I was eating so many carbs (even white breads, pastas, etc.) the last few days before and of my show that when it came to my post show meal I didn’t even know what to eat because I didn’t feel deprived of anything! I’m not going to lie to you and tell you I went to Pita Pit and got a salad, because I went to The Mandarin and ate 5 plates of food, including all my favourites from pizza and sushi to cherry cheesecake and frozen yogurt, but I ate those things because that’s what I would normally eat at The Mandarin not because I felt starved or deprived.
Now onto the show…
First of all, the energy in the theatre was amazing! All of the other competitors, coaches and volunteers were are all so kind and inspiring, plus if you were missing something (like me and scissors) and you asked if anyone had it there were at least three girls back stage ready to help! Furthermore, even though we were literally competing against each other everyone is so supportive and sweet backstage which definitely made the experience amazing! The nice thing about compliments from other competitors and coaches is that they truly appreciate the work you put into your physique and understand how much effort it takes to earn our muscles and bodies.
Now, for those who know me in real life and didn’t recognize me in my pictures, that is because I had professionals do my hair and make-up… Which judging on how often I do my own was the right choice! I got my tan, hair and makeup all done by Cherry Dolls and was super pleased with how it all turned out. Plus, it was fun to feel all glamorous for the day having someone, “doll you up”!


However, your first spray tan can be a little awkward, but you get to know the person very quickly (you basically have to) and let’s face it, by the end of show day you have little to no privacy issues left involving your body.
After getting dolled up I had a little bit of time (not as much as we had planned) to stuff my face with some more carbs and do my “pre-show pump up”… by then the nerves had kicked in. One of the organizers came and knocked on the door and called out the numbers for the first round of judging… My number was called and the nerves were now in full swing. Next thing I knew we are on deck standing right behind the curtain ready to go on. Then we’re on stage I am right in the middle of the pack, and as I stood there – holding my pose, barely breathing – I watched as the girls before me went through their posing routines, their routines were much more elaborate than mine, and I started to freak out. I instantly got even more nervous thinking that I had to add to my routine, but I knew that would be a bad idea if I tried to change it now so I gave my self a mini pep talk and just went along with my routine… Shaking and all, I will admit I rushed it a bit and totally beat myself up for it after, but I smiled my way through the first class and had officially completed judging round one. Luckily for me, I was a little rushed to get back to the stage for my second class, due to talking and being distracted by my amazing and supportive co-workers from Headwaters Racquet Club, so I had no time to even think or be nervous! This time I felt much more relaxed and didn’t rush my routine, although I was still super nervous, I felt much more confident and had now made it through all of the judging rounds!

During the intermission we had a lot of time backstage to relax, eat, and socialize with the other competitors. This was great, because one of my reasons for doing the show was to meet new people and get to know more people in the industry. The whole time everyone was either complimenting one another, talking about what they wanted to eat after, eating, or going over their posing routines…. They were all a little shocked by me eating bread the day of the show, but I had learned that many girls didn’t have the same prep experience that I did.
I think it’s important that I share with you some of the comments and issues some girls had because not everyone has such an amazing experience with competing…

Many times, especially if you do not take a healthy approach, doing a competition can ruin a persons relationship with food. The whole prep can make them “scared” of certain foods/ food groups, because they don’t think they can eat certain things and still achieve their goals. Furthermore, some competitors also get nervous about what they are going to do after the show, and what will happen to their bodies. This is another reason I am so thankful for my coach and not only how we approached the show, but also our plan to increase my food intake back to and above what it was before, while working on my future goals.
Funny enough, whatever their experience was throughout prep, almost all said they wanted to do it again.
I will most definitely do it again.

So many people complimented my physique and told me I had great potential and should go for my pro card, so of course this lit a fire underneath me and encouraged my even more!
Overall, one of my many favourite parts of my first competition was making everyone who had supported me proud.

Seeing the smile of pride in my coach waiting to hug me back stage, waving to my Mom who has the biggest smile I’ve seen on her in the last 12 weeks (maybe because my diet was over? Who knows) and running over (still in my heels) to hug her, finding my Dad after and running across the Mandarin parking lot and jumping into him like the little child I still am, seeing half of my extended family and best friend with flowers and smiles, and then getting to share my excitement with all of them.

I cannot say how much all of the kind messages, either wishing me luck and telling me that I would “kill it” before the show (thanks for not putting any pressure on me haha), or in kind congratulatory messages after the show have truly meant to me.

Furthermore, all of the people who have told me how much my hard work and dedication have inspired them are my true motivation for what I do. All I want to do is share my passion with others and if I can help and inspire at least one person, then I will have accomplished my goal. So now, I am going to continue to do my best to inspire, educate and help as many people as I can because now I know I can!

Then, after all the hype was over and I got home, the adrenaline still hadn’t worn off. I literally felt like I was on top of the world.

I have never felt so motivated in my life, not only to continue on and bring an even better final package to my next show (no I haven’t picked a date yet), but to keep on this path and continue to follow my dreams.

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Comp Prep Ramblings & Life Simplified

The process of competing isn’t about competing against other people and trying to be better than everyone. Competing is about bringing the best to the stage that YOU can.
Doing a fitness competition isn’t something that I decided to do just to “look good in a bikini”, or for attention, or for some guy to notice me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I am perfect, by any means. But I am saying that I am at a stage in my life where I am very comfortable with who I am and what I look like – however I look, and am not looking for validation from anyone.

I’m doing this for me.

I don’t work out to compete. I compete because I workout and now I am looking to challenge myself and see what I can achieve.

I’m doing this because I love working out and challenging myself and doing things that are “not normal.” I love being different and pushing my own limits, not because I want to feel superior, but because I love the feeling of pride I get from working hard towards a goal. Plus, I have learned so much about the human body and how amazing it truly is (not just during prep, but from school) so it is really cool for me to see the effects of my work. This has really been a learning process for me and has been so incredible to see the changes in my body, and I’ve only been on “prep” for 6 weeks!

One thing that has made this journey a little bit easier on me (so far) is that I have used the last 3 years of my life making my body as healthy and strong as possible. I’ve done this by incorporating more weight training and food, and less cardio.

This combination has allowed me to put on almost 30 pounds, mostly muscle – not all mind you, and turn my body into a metabolic, carb loving machine. Yes, as my prep continues I know I will need to continue to change my diet, but that is because I am going to push my body to it’s extremes. Thankfully I have a brilliant coach who doesn’t change anything overly drastically and allows me to work smarter instead of stupidly hard. Furthermore, since I was eating such a high amount of carbs, and overall calories before I started my prep it has given me tonnes of room to work with when going into a deficit. This is another reason why I am so glad that this is the year I have decided to compete.

When my coach sent my update this week she told me that she believes we are ahead of schedule! Which is amazing to me, since my diet hasn’t been crazy and I’m not even doing 1 1/2 hours of cardio a week! This proves that the more muscle you have and the better you treat your body the easier it is to manipulate it and change its composition.

I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression and have you believe that getting to this point has been easy for me and has been little work, because that would be a lie. But it’s been a lot easier mentally than when I first attempted to lose weight, before I was educated and knew the healthy and simpler methods.
This is the first year in a while that I have felt content and at peace with my life. Not just my body, but everything in my life. Clearly, my life isn’t perfect, and it’s not that I was unhappy all the years before this, but I am just wonderfully content with my life right now.

Anyways, there’s no major lesson in this post.. I warned you this was my ramblings!

But I’ll leave you with these thoughts:

– Life doesn’t have to be hard to get better OR different, yes change is challenging but it’s all in your approach. The knowledge and mental attitude in which you approach a task will determine how efficiently and enjoyably you reach said goal.

– In my opinion it is always better to work smarter than harder.

– LIFT WEIGHTS. FUEL YOUR BODY. SLEEP. REPEAT

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It’s OK not to be OK

I try to be as real as possible. Especially because most people look at me and think my life is “perfect”, or that things come easy for me,or that I don’t have bad days, and that is truly not the case.
It’s easy to look at someone who seems to have their life together, who has the things you think you want, and judge them, be jealous, or even belittle their accomplishments because you haven’t seen the hard work that they have put in to get to that point. It’s just easier. And most of the time we do that to make ourselves feel better, because by believing that they didn’t have to try to get to where they are it makes us feel like it’s not our fault that we haven’t reached a certain goal.
But that needs to stop.
Just because you haven’t seen someone’s struggle and hard work doesn’t mean it wasn’t or isn’t there.
Anything worth having is worth putting in a little bit of effort. The people who inspire me the most are the ones who are honest, the ones who don’t just show their highlight reel, the ones who show their effort and struggle and give me something to relate too. Being able to relate to my role models helps to give me the confidence to keep grinding and to believe that I do it.
But I’m here to let you know that I struggle.

I have bad days.

I have days where I have to force a smile, not because something in particular has happened, but just because I am feeling a little down, not myself.

I have days (like this whole past week) where I felt like I was just going through the motions of my life.
I figured when I started prepping for this competition that the hardest part for me would be the diet and posing and girly stuff, and that I would soar through the workout program.

But boy, was I wrong.

I had to force myself just to get through my specific plan, my heart wasn’t in it and I was lacking my usual energy and strength….
But I pushed through.

I have goals, so I knew what I had to do, and that was get through my workouts as best as I could. This was tough for me because my workouts are intense, I mean they always have been, but being on a calorie deficit leaves me with a little less energy, therefore not having the energy to fuel my typical workouts and it has discouraged me a little.
This week was hard for me.

I didn’t feel like myself, and have been extra hard on myself because of it.

This isn’t a pity party, I’m not looking for sympathy.

I’m just trying to say that being successful isn’t all fun and games, and it truly does take hard work.
There’s a difference between understanding that it’s OK to have a bad day, and dwelling on it.
All week I have been doing what I usually do to get motivated in an attempt to get back to myself, and it hasn’t been easy. But yesterday I finally felt stronger in the gym again which has helped regain a bit of confidence. I took the rest of the weekend as a complete rest to let my body and mind regenerate, and I’m so glad I did. I feel rested, relaxed and actually excited to get back in the gym tomorrow and start my new program for this month!
Thankfully, I have a great support system and can have a fresh start anytime I choose.
I intend to make this month even better than the last. I will do this by choosing to only think positive thoughts and keeping the end goal in mind, which is less than 8 weeks away!
Next time you’re having a bad day, remind yourself that it happens to everyone. Allow yourself to become aware of how you’re feeling and really feel those emotions. Let it off your chest; talk to someone close to you, write it in a journal, or post a blog about it, whatever you need to do to acknowledge your feelings. Then let them go, rid yourself of those feelings so that they cannot get in the way of your happiness and goals again.

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My Decision to do a Fitness Competition 

For the longest time I have kept the idea of competing out of my head.
All I could think about was, “what would people think of me doing that?”, “it seems so vain”, “that takes a lot of commitment”, “what if I put in all that work & don’t win?”
And then I came to this place in my life that I no longer base my decision off of what people may think of me.
I’m not doing this competition to impress anyone (but myself…and my coach).

I’m not doing this competition so that I will be proud of my body.

I’m not doing this competition so that I will finally love who I am.

I’m not doing this competition because I think I’m better than others.
I’m doing this competition because I am very competitive and wanted a goal, something to work for.
I’m doing this competition because I LOVE myself and my body now,and I believe that I have the motivation and will power to really test my limits.
I’m doing this for myself & no one else.
I’ve thought about it for a long time, and I finally feel like I am in a place in my life that I can handle the process & ENJOY IT.
I’m making a vow right now to be the happiest competitor in prep, EVER!
I will do my best to stay focused on the end goal, instead of my hanger, so please feel free to remind me!
Anyways, I’m very excited for this & I hope to have the support of all my friends and family, because you all truly mean the world to me!

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My “supplement” routine

Personally, I believe in fueling my body with real food. I don’t take many supplements because I like to get nutrients from whole foods, but some can be very helpful and almost essential for people, especially if your diet is lacking. A few people have asked me what supplements I take, so I thought I would share with you!
So everyday I take:
Super EFA’s (essential fatty acids) / Omega 3s

In our new modern diet, the fats that are mostly consumed are Omega 6s which cause inflammation in the body. And it’s not that Omega 6s are overly bad for us, but the imbalance between the two is what is causing the issue.

So many health problems now a days are caused from inflammation, so taking an Omega 3 supplement can help to get back to a normal balance of Omega 3s and 6s, which can help decrease inflammation.

Plus fatty acids are also wonderful for helping to regulate hormones and help your brain!

So chances are, you too, will also benefit from an Omega 3 supplement. Unless you eat 3 servings of fish a week, because if you do, then you are probably getting enough as is!
Magnesium/ Calcium

I read an article one day on 21 reasons why everyone should be taking a magnesium supplement. I’m not going to list all of those here, but I am going to touch on a few that show it’s importance… I’ll try to only say my favourite and not get too boring!

Magnesium helps with sleep because it has a calming effect on the body’s nervous system and relaxes the muscles.

Magnesium is important for athletes because it is crucial for the production of energy and is also lost through sweat, which increases an athletes needs for magnesium.

Magnesium helps with depression and stress because serotonin (the feel good chemical) needs magnesium to be made and function.

Magnesium deficiency speeds up the aging process.

Magnesium helps with fat loss and diabetes by helping to improve insulin sensitivity.

Magnesium helps prevent feelings of fatigue.

Magnesium helps regulate hunger cravings because the body needs it to absorb and use nutrients.

Seriously, there are so many more and it is just so helpful!

Vitamin D (only from Nov – March)

In the summer, when the sun is stronger there is no need to take a Vitamin D supplement because just 10-15 minutes in the sun can give your body enough for 2 weeks!

But in the winter you are a lot less likely to get the right amount of Vitamin D and that can have negative impacts on your health as well as your mood!

Vitamin D helps keep you healthy, protects your eyes, bones and skin, and also fights disease!
And that’s it!

To ensure that I’m getting enough nutrients I make sure I eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and protein sources.
Now remember, everyBODY is different. You may need more or less supplements than me due to certain health conditions, etc. But I just wanted to share with you all a bit of my routine since people always ask what I take!

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Be inspired, not intimidated

People who don’t know my story and where I’ve come from always judge me. They think my life is so easy and that one day I just woke up looking like I do.
But I want you to know that that is not the case.

I have educated, motivated and pushed myself to get to where I am today.
The point is, I want you to know that I understand it can be hard. I know how it can be hard to start a workout routine and keep with it. I know how hard it can be to make healthier choices and not give in to my sweet tooth every time. I know how hard it can be to put in the work and not see immediate results and get a little discouraged.
BUT, I want you to trust me, and believe that your hard work will pay off.

It just takes time.

It doesn’t take being perfect 100% of the time.

I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule.

Aim to eat well, exercise and make smarter choices 80% of the time, but allow yourself to splurge, eat your favorite treats, or be lazy 20% of the time. This will allow you to stay motivated, there’s no need to beat yourself up if you skip one workout, or have a cookie. By giving yourself this freedom you can get rid of the guilt for having bad days.

I guarantee you that everyone you idolize has bad days and makes mistakes, but they don’t show you that. Most people only show their highlight real on social media. They don’t tend to show you their bad days, the days they feel a little bloated, they days they are unmotivated, or the days they broke out with a few pimples.

If real life was like social media then everyone would seem perfect because we could edit our images and only show our victories.

My goal is to show people that just because you don’t have the body you want now, that doesn’t mean you will never have it. I want to inspire people that with some knowledge and hard work, you can change your body, your heath, and your life.

Don’t allow fit and strong people in the gym to intimidate you, use them as your inspiration to work hard keep moving towards your goals.