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Cellucation: cellulite education.

Ohhhhh Cellulite….according to studies 90% of women and 10% of men will get this at some point in their lives. Regardless of its frequency, we hate when it shows up. Cellulite appears when the layer of fat under the skin presses against the connective tissue and bulges. There are numerous causes of cellulite, some we can control and some we can’t. I get asked about the causes and ‘cures’ of cellulite all the time which is why I decided to write about it. It’s SO important to remember it’s normal, natural and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by…it’s life 😊 That being said, a little education never hurts.

There are sooo many different ‘types’ and classifications of cellulite…I am going to explain two predominant ‘types’, hard and soft. Soft cellulite is soft, saggy and covers a larger area. It does not attach to the muscle making it move around more. It can be the result of lymphatic problems and can often be cold or clammy to touch. It is also usually with looser skin. On the plus side, it sits closer to the surface making it easier to treat. Hard cellulite is more concentrated and lives closer to the muscle. Hard cellulite is haaarder to see and treat as it sits deeper. Most of us have soft cellulite.

For me, hormonal changes during pregnancy gave me cellulite. Hormonal changes (especially a decline in estrogen) may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in collagen production. A thinner collagen layer, an increase in fat cells and change in blow flood can all create the appearance of cellulite.  This means that cellulite is also common around menopause as estrogen levels decrease Prolactin can also make cellulite more visible as it increases water retention in fat cells making them lumpier and larger. 

Prolonged sitting or inactivity can also cause cellulite. Decreased activity can change circulatory patterns in the body.

High levels of insulin increase the amount of fat your body produces in the form of triglycerides. Insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into these fatty acids and stored. So a high intake of carbs results in higher insulin levels and may create the appearance of cellulite.

Unfortunately ladies, some of it is in our make up. We have a higher risk of developing cellulite because our connective tissue and fat cells are arranged slightly different to men. I’ve attached a couple photos to demonstrate soft cellulite. It covers a large area around my hips. After pregnancy I noticed it in the front a little as well. I think this was largely due to water retention as it disappeared faster and easier than the rest. It’s mostly gone now but is still visible in the fatty area below my butt #2018goals. Right now I’m working on cleaning my diet after Christmas and bumping my total body water a little.

So we all want to know…how do I get rid of it?? Thankfully, there are tons of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. 😉

Massage. A low, gentle pressure applied slowly over the area helps elongate the fascia and connective tissue. It can also improve circulation in the area. Get someone to massage the area, do it yourself or grab your foam roller. Dry brushing is another method to exfoliate and improve circulation.

Coffee scrub or wrap. I personally didn’t find this worked for me, but it definitely might for you! Caffeine stimulates blood and lymphatic flow to the area. It also exfoliates the skin. Coffee is rich in antioxidants which some think can penetrate the skin and boost collagen and elastin.

Balance your hormones. Paying attention to your diet, exercise, sleep and carbohydrates. These things may affect your hormone balance thus affecting the appearance of cellulite in your body. If you’re unsure of these things, see a health care professional.

Essential oils. The correct use of EOs can improve the activity of your lymph glands and improve circulation thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Change your diet. Monitor the amount of carbs you consume. By balancing your diet you can reduce the amount of fat that goes into storage. Drinking lots of water will also metabolize toxin buildup and hydrate connective tissue.

That’s the quick and dirty edition to cellulite education and helpful tools to reduce it’s appearance. 💕💕

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Mondays are for Fresh Starts

Happy Monday! I’ve had lots of chats lately with people having trouble improving their lifestyle and making healthier choices. It’s a hurdle we have all faced at one point or another (except for fitness professionals of course 😉…kidding, even me) and how we handle it makes all the difference. 

If you realized you weren’t treating your body well, what would you do?

We are faced with a choice to acknowledge where we can improve and ignore it, or we can commit to improving it. I know it sounds simple but acknowledging we aren’t as healthy as we should be makes a big difference.

Acknowledging it also makes what we need to do a little more clear in your mind. Tell yourself what you need to do. Whether it is modifying your diet, strengthening your core for that old back injury or improving your cardio so you can do more of what you love, you have some ideas on what steps you can take. While you’re at it, check in and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Set a goal! Everyone’s body is different, but set a 3 or 6 month goal, and a 12 month goal. Be really clear about what you want to achieve in 12 months (or whatever your preference, I use 6 months), and work your way down to the present setting smaller and smaller goals. Use these like stepping stones or prerequisites for the main goal.

Start small. You don’t need to change everything at once, book a marathon or live at the gym. Accepting the ‘balls to the walls’ approach is great for some, but isn’t sustainable for most. Pick an easy and a hard improvement and focus on those. This could be eating out less,  drinking more water, adding 2000 extra steps each day or hitting the gym at least 3 times this week. Pick anything you know will get you to your goal that isn’t overwhelming or unattainable.

Set weekly intentions. What will you do this week to get you to your goals? What do you need to accomplish this? How will you prioritise your time? Is this in your best interest or the others involved? Who will you show up as this week? Be clear in what your stepping stones are and manifest possibility.

Seek support. Having a hard time doing it on your own, you DON’T have to be alone in your goals. Tell a friend or family member what you would like to do and ask them to smack that doughnut out of your hand or remind you to drink more water. You can also seek the support of a personal trainer (that’s what we’re here for) or a nutritionist for guidance and accountability. Whether you need me once a week, once a month or for a friendly daily reminder, I am committed to helping you reach your goals.

Believe you can do it. Super cheesy I know 😂 but it’s true. Be kind to yourself and trust yourself to make the right choices. 

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Snow Day Home Workout

Hey everyone!

If you’re trapped inside during snowmageddon 2017, this workout is the perfect way to get moving inside. You don’t need any equipment, just a little bit of room 🙂

You can do each exercise in a timed circuit, or perform each one for 3 sets, 12-15 reps 🙂

please rememeber to warm up the body before beginnning this workout and check with your healthcare provider before begining new exeecises. Hillside Fitness is released of any liability.

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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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Insanity Max30 Review and Transformation

Hey guys!

As I get ready to start another fitness program I thought I would review Insanity Max 30 and share my transformation! I can’t love on this program enough. I participated with the fitness program, drank my shakes every day and cleaned up my diet a little!

What you get…

-Your first 30 day supply of Shakeology, the superfood protein shake that helps give you energy, reduces cravings, and accelerates your results-I LOVE THE SHIT out of my shakes.

-12 kick ass workout classes available online and via your own discs

-a FREE 30 day membership in team Beachbody, where you can start streaming your program online. You also gain access to hundreds of workouts on demand.

-nutrition guide

-Max Out Calendar and tracker

-No time to cook meal guide

Purchase It Here

Each workout is 30 minutes and they all use body weight only which means anyone can do it from anywhere…and you should!

The classes are organized by ‘type’ each focussing on something new each day. For example; tabata power, tabata strength, cardio challenge, sweat intervals, max out power, pulse and so many more! The goal for each workout is to MAX OUT! This means you push your hardest for 30 minutes, and hit your max. This Program comes with a workout guide, and a calendar to track what time you maxed out at so you can watch yourself progress. Through the 60 days I watched myself go from maxing out around the 3 minute mark, to making it through 30 minutes STRONG.

Not only did this program transform my body, it also gave me a lesson in mental toughness. There were days where I had to talk myself into my workout…but at the end of the day…I always told myself ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES and its embarrassing if I can’t make that time for my fitness and wellness…even on the most hectic days.

In addition to my physical and cognitive transformation, I also noticed a difference when it came to doing the things I love. I can hammer off a 16km hike, no problem. Beyond the hike from a couple weekends ago, I don’t think I had hiked more than once in around 6 weeks (which is shameful now that I think of that out loud), but this program has conditioned my body for hiking,  walking, working out, running, you name it! <3

The bottom line…I highly recommend this program to anyone hoping to shape up! I gained muscle, and lost fat and feel 100x healthier.

For More Information or to Purchase Click Here

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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. 

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Self-love Practices 

Hey guys! SO you’ve probably seen/heard me mention my “Self-Love Practices” a few times lately. 

I think that these three practices are necessary on a daily basis. So, I’ll get right into it.

1. Gratitude. I have started a Gratitude Journal. Every morning when I wake up, I start the day with a grateful heart and write at least one thing (in point form) in my journal. Sometimes it’s something simple like the sunshine or the rain, other days its a little deeper than this. Either way, connecting with positive energy first thing in the morning, starts every day right. 🙂

2. Personal Development. Read read read. I am not naturally a reader, however I have gotten in the habit of reading every morning and I’ve really grown to enjoy it! Every time I sit down with a book I learn something knew and my eyes are opened to a new concept or idea. Not only does this empower me, it improves my self-esteem. Pick a book that speaks to you and you’ll have no problem 🙂

3. Physical Wellness. This doesn’t mean you have to crush a HIIT session or pump some weights…I mean you can, but that’s not what this is about. This is about listening to your body and treating it well 🙂 Some days, I treat it to a yoga session, sometimes it is cardio, sometimes tabata, sometimes just a core workout and a walk…other times, I say fuck it and dance instead. The goal is to get moving every day, in whatever way your body wants and needs. 

Committing time each day  for these things, (ideally first thing in the morning) not only sets the day up for success, it starts each day with a happy, grateful Heart. I challenge you to try it, and share with me what you experience.  

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Meal prep: meatball lettuce wraps 

Hey guys!

I know most people cringe when the phrase ‘meal prep’ is mentioned. Ive really started loving my food prep time. I’m not a natural cook, but this gives me a good opportunity to be a little creative, and to take care of my family for the week. 

I’ve chosen Sunday’s and Wednesday’s for my food prep nights. Tonight I premade turkey meatballs and put them in lettuce wraps to go. 
Ingredients 

Meatballs;

Ground turkey, chilli peppers, rolled oats, chopped onions, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, soya sauce, garlic

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, preheat over to 400.

Roll meat into balls and line on baking sheet

Cook for around 20 minutes or until cooked through. 

Lettuce wrap;

Pick a nice big leafy green

Sautée peppers and onions for 3-5 minutes 

Add vege to lettuce

Add meatball and cover with spicy Thai sauce 
*on the side you can also add pico and cheese (that’s what I did) 😊😊

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Juicing 

I had some leftover fruit in my fridge and decided to do some juicing!

You guys know me, I didn’t measure anything…I just use what I have and blend each ingredient in small amounts one after another until my mason is full! Here are three of my favourite recipes 🙂

Green Goddess

Kiwi

Lime

Kale

Apple

 

Strawberry Sunrise

Yum! This one is all fruit and probably more sugar than I need but damn it’s delicious!

Mango

Strawberry

Peach

Nectarine

Last but not least…

Vitamin C-itrus

As you can assume by my incredibly cheesy name…this ones a citrus kick 🙂

Orange

Grapefruit

Ginger

Lemon

Carrot

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Live the life you love 

Today marks day 2 on my 2 week adventure. En route to a labour day wedding I get the privilege of traveling with a dog, cat, husband and friend through Beautiful British Columbia and Alberta.

I’ve decided to take things more personal, and share my life journey over these couple weeks 🙂 I am fortunate enough to have a flexible schedule personal training, and am so excited and lucky to take my work with Beachbody Fitness with me !!

Joining Beachbody took some thinking, but I can’t wait to see how it compliments MY life and my clients lives. This company offers AMAZING programs, workouts and nutritional supplements you can take with you on the go. That means…for those of you who love working with me 😉 but can’t swing a regular one on one, Beachbody offers quality workouts and support and coaching from yours truly, when and wherever you want. (You can even download workouts from the ‘on-demand’ app)..no excuses!

I’m so excited to start this new journey and can’t wait to see the amazing results produced by this addition!

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