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Miami Insta-Fit Weekend Recap

Miami has always held a special place in my heart. Since birth I’ve visited pretty much annually, with my family, typically over Christmas. And every year we go, we tend to do the same three things: eat, eat and eat. So when I decided to head down south with my sister Whitney and two fellow fitness bloggers, Jordana of I Hart Nutrition, and Bianca of Holistic RX, I knew it would be different from any other Miami experience I’ve ever had.

Don’t get me wrong, we ate…a lot. Some really healthy, some not so much. But we also tried out some really great fitness classes in different neighbourhoods, tested out fun, new activewear, and did I say we ate lots of food?

Here’s a little recap of our incredible #miamiinstafit weekend:

Bianca and I arrived early on Thursday morning and our first plan of action was a grocery haul at Whole Foods. B is from New York and we met through our online nutrition school program (IIN) so it was really fun to shop together and chat about our fave healthy products. She also introduced me to so many delicious brands that we can’t get at home in Toronto. We went a little overboard at the store and asked the girl at the checkout how long she thought we were in town for based on the amount of groceries we bought…she said eight days…we were only there for four. The even crazier part is that we finished everything! 

The first day of our trip ended up being super rainy so we decided to experiment in the kitchen with a few of the ingredients we bought and baked some Simple Mills banana muffins. We of course had to fill the mini muffins with chunks of Justins peanut butter cups. They were topped with a Siggis yogurt icing and Purely Elizabeth granola. Pretty much heaven. 

Eventually it was time for our first fitness class – SoBe Kick, a kickboxing studio in South Beach. We loved the look of the gym. It was a large open space filled with punching bags and had an old-school feel to it. The class was half floor work with skipping ropes and free weights and half combinations on the bag. It reminded me how much I love boxing and that I need to incorporate it into my workout routine again. We also felt like total badasses in our new Lilybod looks. 

Once we finished class, we had time lots of time to relax on the beach. It was Cinco de Mayo that day so it seemed like a good excuse to polish off a few bags of Siete chips. I was excited about trying them as we can’t get them in Toronto. They are completely delicious but be warned, they are addictive!

Day two meant a new workout class in new workout gear. We were so excited to try out the Terez leggings and tanks at Flywheel North Miami. I had been to this studio a few times and was excited to go back. It is also fun to take a spin class every so often instead of teaching one. The tights really held up during class but we were also excited to rock them off the bike at one of my all-time favourite lunch spots, Miami Juice

After two days of intense workouts, we were excited to take a relaxing yoga class as our final workout of the weekend. Wearing our matching, comfortable K-Deer looks, we headed over to Exhale Spa Miami which probably has to be one of the nicest yoga studios in the world. It looks out onto the ocean and the teacher kept the doors open during class so we could feel the breeze and smell the fresh air. I could have stayed in savasana all day.The only thing getting me out of that studio was our stunning pool-side cabana waiting for us at the Ritz Carlton. We spent the day lounging in the sun, listening to music, laughing a lot and toasting to the perfect weekend getaway! 

There’s nothing like combining my two favourite things: travel and fitness, with friends and family. We are already planning our next Insta-Fit getaway, so stay tuned! 

Comment below if you have any questions or recommendations for our next retreat. 

 

 

 

New Year, New Intentions X Yoga Tree

On the last day of 2015, I decided I would not make any New Years resolutions. After all, hasn’t it been said that more than half of the people that make resolutions break them within the first month? Instead, I decided to set an intention for the new year, and that intention was to “take more risks and believe in myself.” Never did I imagine how significantly that intention would change my life. Never did I believe that I would leave my corporate job to pursue a full-time job in health and fitness. Yet here I am, in the first week of 2017, the first week of my brand new career. 

And so this year I decided to keep with the tradition of setting an intention instead of a resolution.

After many months of juggling real estate, teaching spinning, nutrition school… the list goes on,  and after many months of physically exhausting days, I have decided to set the intention to take care of my mind and my body. And what better way to nurture your mind and body than yoga?

Luckily, my beautiful friends at Yoga Tree are here to help me fulfill this intention. I am always saying how I know I should be taking yoga classes. Not only do the poses compliment and help stretch out my daily spinning workouts but yoga also calms my busy mind. 

Between their five gorgeous studios in Toronto, I know I can always count on being able to find a Yoga Tree class that fits into my schedule at any time of day. Plus, I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time over the next few months in their hot yoga rooms, stretching out my sore muscles…and escaping the harsh Toronto winter.

Thank you Yoga Tree  for not only holding me accountable to my New Years intention but for making it accessible. I look forward to a year of nurturing my mind and body with yoga.

     

 

 

 

October Favourites

I love posting about my favourite healthy take-out restaurants, snacks and recipes but I rarely tell you about all of the other products I use on a day-to-day basis so I thought I would start a series of my monthly “favourites.” From beauty and skincare products, to workout gear and books, I am going share with you the things that I can’t live without. 

Also…disclaimer: While some of these products were gifted (Saje), I am not getting paid to post ANY of this content and all of these opinions are my own

Now that that’s out of the way, without further ado, I give you my October Favourites:

Favourite Skincare Product:

Organic Rosehip Face Oil by Pure + Simple

I’ve been using this face oil for about a year now. Like all Pure + Simple products, it is 100% all natural, organic and vegan. It is made with tons of vitamin C, omegas and fatty acids and leaves my skin feeling dewy and nourished all day long. I apply it after I wash my face and apply my serum, before moisturizing. 

Favourite Beauty Product:

Brow This Way by Rimmel London

It was starting to feel like everyone else had “eyebrows on fleek” except for me so I began experimenting with filling them in. Let me be the first to say I am the ultimate beauty amateur but I found this kit really easy to use. I actually see a big difference when I wear it and now I feel like my makeup is incomplete without using this. I am interested, however, in transitioning to clean, natural makeup, so if anyone has suggestions please leave a comment below!

Favourite Workout Gear:

Muscle Love Crop Tank by Lululemon

I go through phases with the clothes in my closet, choosing one item to wear over and over until I’m sick of it. The same goes for all of my workout gear. Right now I am totally into my crop muscle tank that I just had to go pick it up in another colour. It is so comfortable to move in, especially when I’m teaching a sweaty spin class. 

Favourite Read:

The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

My hubby gifted this book to me when I decided to leave my corporate job (next month!!!) and pursue health and fitness full time. Sharma is one of the top leadership advisers in the world and offers incredible business advice. Whether you work for a massive corporation or are an entrepreneur, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for some professional motivation. 

Favourite Natural Remedy:

Immune by Saje Natural Wellness

Tis the season of the common cold. Despite developing a sore throat this week, I’ve managed to avoid catching that nasty cough going around my office and definitely give credit to the many natural products I use daily. This week however, I’ve added in Immune, to prevent my sore throat from developing into anything futher. Every morning and night I’ve been rubbing it on my glands and along the T-Zone of my face for my sinuses. Just smelling it all day already makes me feel better. I use the oil roller from the Saje Pocket Farmacy.

There you have it – the products that I cannot live without this month. Comment below if you would like to see more posts like this.

 

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