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I can’t do it…

I can’t do it.

How often do you catch yourself saying you can’t do something? We’re all guilty of it at one point or another. Whether we’re tired, feeling lazy, uninspired or disconnected, we often use ‘I can’t’ statements as a crutch.

To reach the goals many of us have, we need to shift our language and our habits. Social psychologists have learned over the years that even seemingly subtle differences in language can have powerful affects on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. As much as I believe in will power, we can’t always will ourselves through every struggle. We need to change our language. By replacing phrases like ‘I can’t ‘ with choice phrases like ‘I don’t’ we are empowering ourselves as apposed to limiting ourselves. Researchers conducted a study comparing I can’t and I don’t. On the way out of the lab, participants were offered a granola bar or chocolate bar as a thank you. Who chose the granola bar? Sixty-four percent of those who said I don’t, compared to only thirty-nine percent of those who said I can’t.

Another study was conducted using female participants working towards health and fitness goals. They were encouraged to use I can’t and I don’t phrasing when they were tempted to lapse. By the study’s end, 8 of the 10 women using the I don’t strategy were still using it successfully, while only 1 of the 10 who used I can’t lasted that long.

The nice thing about shifting your language is it’s an easy choice. When you catch yourself thinking or saying I can’t replace it with I don’t. Oh I can’t eat that cake…. now sounds like, I don’t eat cake. You have the power of choice. You have the power to harness your inner badass, take control and make the choice 🙂 Another way to shift your language is by removing phrases like ‘I will’ or ‘I’ll try’ or ‘Id like to’. Just fucking do it. making a claim for right now. Not tomorrow. Not in the new year, now. Albert Ellis explains that the language we use to describe our experiences or circumstance impact the way you embrace them. If you look at past situations and can see how this may be true, wouldnt you want to smother yourself with positivity?

The next time you notice you’re limiting yourself, think of adjusting your language and take control of the outcome. 💕💕

“the harmony between thought and reality can be found in the grammar of the language.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

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All about ABS

Who likes tight abs? You, me, we all do! Maybe you know, maybe you don’t but our ‘abs’ are comprised of more than one muscle. There are actually 3 main components to our abs.  Not only does it look good to keep this area in check, having a strong core offers improved posture, spinal stability, shape and more.

The transverse abdominis is your deepest abdominal muscle. It helps the breathing process by assisting exhalation as its main function is to active the core muscles and stabilize the pelvis. It also helps resist lumbar flexion, assisting in proper posture.

The rectus abdominis (or 6 pack muscles) assist in flexion of the spine. We can also contract these muscles during bowel movements, breathing and laughing 😊

Obliques are split into your external and internal obliques. The internal oblique lay beneath the external oblique muscle. They have similar functions in that they assists the abdominal wall in respiration and torso twisting.

Serratus anterior are my favourite looking muscles. They are represented by a saw tooth pattern and don’t function the core despite their location. These muscles attach to the scapula holding it in position.
These exercises are great for anyone  (Including pregnancy babes!).

Some great exercises to strengthen your core are:

Plank:

You can perform a plank from your hands or elbows and knees or toes. You want to make sure you tuck your tummy and avoid a saggy lower back. It also helps to protract the shoulder blades to create a strong base.

Ball rollout:

This is similar to using an ab roller with more control and stability. Start with the ball 2 feet or so away from the body, and roll the ball forwards creating the end position seen in the photo. Remember to engage the core and tuck your tummy to avoid a saggy lower back.

Bird dog:

Start in a table top (hands and knees) position and slowly lift the alternating arm and leg. Tuck the tummy and keep a strong core. Give a little extra squeeze at the top.

Side plank:

Great for the obliques! This one can also be done from hands or elbows. Make sure your shoulders stay stacked on top of each other and feet stay stacked.

Modified Boat pose:

If you’ve done yoga or Pilates this is no stranger to you! You can lift the feet or keep them on the ground as I have. You can use your hands or let them stay straight beside the outside of youe legs.

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Managing Sciatic Pain and RLS

Good morning!! 

As I’ve shared I have been struggling with restless leg syndrome and self diagnosed myself with sciatica (I haven’t had a chance to visit my doctor yet about it). If you have never experienced RLS, in my case the pain and numbness originates around my sacrum and radiates down one or both of my legs (usually my right leg). This numb tingly pain gives me the unbearable urge to move my leg. It is more annoying than anything but definitely makes relaxing almost impossible. The sciatic pain I can handle, the RLS needs a solution, this mama is getting TIRED! hah.

I have done a lot of research on what causes RLS and how to treat it, but have hardly found answers. These are the treatments I have tried so far.

1. Lavender-epsom salt bath: this treatment is hit or miss. Sometimes it gives me a little relief, sometimes I get restless legs in the tub and have to get out. I have read that magnesium and lavender  (independently or together) can be used to treat RLS, unfortunately I haven’t had much success with these in a spray or a soak, together or on their own.

2. Eating magnesium rich foods. I have tried avacado, leafy greens, almonds, PB, soy milk…nothing works. 

3. Consume more iron. Didn’t make a difference.

4. Tylenol. I have tried taking this and find it works, most times. I really hate taking pills like this and try to avoid at all cost. 

5. Ice. Feels great in the short term by freezing the area, however as soon as the ice is gone I am aware of my symptoms again.

6. Heat pad. This works a little better for me, my conclusion is that it helps release or loosen up tight muscles I have in my hips which causes the restlessness. 

7. Moving around. Seems legit right. I have tried this and found occassionally I might get a little relief as I move but the symptoms reappear as soon as I sit or lay down. 

8. Foam roller. This has worked the best so far. When I roll out my lower back, I often sit on my sacrum and feel pressure on the muscles. This will often cause my leg to feel restless while I roll, but relieves the symptoms for a short time after 👌

So far those are the most common treatments I have discovered. If you have dealt with it and have any other suggestions I would LOVE to try them out!! 

**Keep in mind, the things that haven’t worked for me may work for you so don’t write them off without trying 😊

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Winter Wellness Group

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I’ve started a new program and I want you to join me!

Core de Force is an MMA inspired fitness program you can do in your living room!

Don’t waste your time holding off for the new year to get started on better health and fitness.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

so much…

•10+ workouts you can do from anywhere, no equipment needed!

•simple to follow meal plan with yummy recipes like chicken pesto quesedillas, greek turkey burger and so much more!

•30 day supply of my favourite plant based SUPERFOOD shakes with a vegan option �

•30 day access to Beachbody on Demand where you can stream hundreds of workouts from yoga, to HIIT classes.

•the start to your healthiest year EVER! I’m loving my results so far and I know you will too!!

If you’re interested in joining me please shoot me a message or contact me here!!

Join me HERE

Im only a week in, but here is my 6 day progress!! Amazing right?!

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Have a Healthy Weekend: 10 tips to stay on track 

Ok ok…it’s the weekend and let’s be real, a lot of us let things slide a little Friday-Sunday and pay for it Monday. If you know me you know I CONSTANTLY (probably obnoxiously) stress improving your health and fitness through LIFESTYLE adjustments. And lifestyles don’t take a break on the weekend 😊 Super sorry!

So, how can we stay on track over the weekend. The key to success is BALANCE. This goes for every day, some of us can go balls to he walls with our nutrition and fitness and maintain it, but that isn’t sustainable for most. You need to treat yo self, you need rest days, and most importantly you need to listen to your body…within reason. 😉

So here we go…


1. Stick to your workout program. This is crucial and makes your weekday transition smoother. (Is that a word? 😂) whether you trade it for a hike, a run or you stick to your regular plan…I don’t care, make it happen! 

2. Stick with your 5 meals a day, maybe give yourself a little break and splurge on a meal. But NEVER GO TO PARTIES UNFED AND HUNGRY. unless it’s a dinner party…but choose wisely..we all know we fill up on appies before dinner.

3. Get plenty of sleep! It’s so important guys! I want you to start every day fresh and rejuvenated! 

4. If you’re eating out, eat your salad before your burger, or your veges before your steak. Make sure you are filling up on the nutrients you need first 😊

5. Don’t drink pop. If you like to mix alcohol with soda, try trading it for club soda with a splash of ________. This will help keep those sugary kcals down. 

6. Share your lifestyle with others. If you’ve been to a party of mine you’ll know when I’m watching my diet. I’ll make you healthy dips, and offer veges. Having others sharing your experience helps keep you accountable and HEY, maybe it will inspire your peers to eat a little healthier too! (Disclaimer, I have the healthiest friends, they keep me honest).

7. Have a productive Sunday! Get outside, get shit done, and start planning for your week ahead. Consistency is key, which means your health doesn’t take a break because it’s lazy Sunday. Plan your weeks meals and workouts to keep you organized until next Sunday!

8. Shift your mindset. Treat Sunday like the first day of the week, not the last. This gives your brain a prep day! 

9. Work smarter not harder. Delegate your chores throughout the week so that you don’t end up with a huge, miserable to do list for the weekend. Easy. Create some ‘me time.’ 

10. Stop procrastinating. We can all sit around and say we’ll start Monday,  but that’s bullshit…you should have started last week. Don’t make excuses, make time. It is the TRUTH that we make time for what we want to, so make time for your fitness and for fuelling your body right.