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“Balanced and Fit……. a fitness journey”

fitness-quotes1I can’t believe I am approaching the three-month mark since I started my fitness journey. The only other time I have completed something similar in duration was when I entered a fitness competition through Muscle Hers fitness magazine a few years back. I completed 9 weeks, so to be at 3 months seems incredible and I can’t help but be proud of myself. I love the quote pic this week “It never gets easier, you just get stronger!”. The initial stages were tough as my body was adjusting to  getting back into a routine of hitting the gym. But as time goes on it is still challenging and so it should be. You should never get to a point where you workout and don’t feel the burn or hit a plateau. You should always look for ways to push your body and shock your muscles. The one thing that does get easier is how your body recovers as you get stronger. By staying committed and making fitness a part of your lifestyle, you will gain strength like you never knew you had.

The one thing that has impressed myself as the weeks have gone on is how I’m able to lift heavier weights and do intervals. Last week my trainer Hanan had added in an additional day for my legs where I do back to back exercises with no break in between. I have to admit, I got my butt kicked (which was her mission). After my first set I was feeling like I had done three, but I knew I had to stay focus and that it was just mind over matter. Too often in the past I would have done one set and quit, not this time. I finished all three sets and then proceeded to do cardio. I can tell you that I definitely felt it the next day and I am starting to see my rear end firm up. My stomach has a nice little 4.5 pack.

At the end of my sets  I also had another inspiration~ while at the gym I had a gentleman who was in a wheelchair come into the room and workout beside me. It made me stop for a moment and realize how much I have to be grateful for and that there are no excuses. I was so motivated by his determination and focus that it helped push me harder and inspired me. I normally do not work out in that room at Steve Nash Fitness and I am so glad I did that day. There are many people out there that have difficult circumstances that could make them throw their hands up and give up, instead they don’t let it hold them back and persevere. I also wanted to share a video I saw recently that truly inspired me ~ Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation!
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As for my diet, I have been pretty disciplined with staying on track. There have been long working days where it’s tempting to grab junk food or make poor food choices. Not any more! On the go I continue to opt for fruit, nuts, veggie smoothies and protein shakes. My obsession with Kale continues, I have been eating tons of salads with fresh raw kale (seen in picture here). I take some butter lettuce and mix kale, red peppers, cucumbers, celery and hearts of palm (which are so tasty and remind me of artichoke hearts~not to mention have many health benefits). For the dressing I use a little apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of honey and some olive oil. If you want a bit more of the good fats, I suggest slicing some avocado and adding it to your salad.

This next week will be fun as I am doing a HUGE photo shoot with an amazing team. With this said I am making sure to workout extra hard, stay super hydrated and eat clean. I will be experimenting with fruit and veggie shakes and make sure to post some pictures and recipes next week.

Well Week 12, let’s do this!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit………a fitness journey”

These past 9 weeks have been such a learning experience for myself. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! Over these past 2 weeks I have struggled with being a little under the weather, but that hasn’t stopped me from allowing my body to rest a few days and then getting right back into the swing of things. My upper body and back continue to lean out and show definition. My lower half  (meaning my legs) are definitely building muscle but not leaning out as quick as I would like. I know that I have to be patient and your lower body and stomach (especially) take longer, these are the trouble/stubborn areas for woman. With this said though my core stability and strength is developing and I continue to chisel away at my ultimate goal! 6 pack abs!

This week I have 2 inspiration pictures, the first has no quote, it’s simply one of my favourite pictures lately of No doubts lead singer Gwen Stefani. She has always had amazing abs, but this picture inspires me in so many ways. I love how Gwen has been a top fashion icon for years and she continues to Rock It. I love the whole outfit, her blond hair in a bun (my old go to do which I’m aiming for again) and beautiful healthy abs. Once I have achieved my fitness goal and have rock hard abs, I will remake this shoot. So in my eyes this picture represents a 1000 words and inspiration.


This week with being on the go and still feeling under the weather, I did not have a huge appetite and found it hard to eat as much as I have been. I made sure to eat as much protein as I could handle and small meals more often. One thing I could stomach was my oatmeal in the mornings. I added berries and nuts to make sure I loaded up on my nutrients and antioxidants. I decided to add juicing this week to make sure I was getting my veggies in my system. My favourite came from an inspiration from Jugo Juice~ kale, spinach, berries and beets, it’s called “Can’t Beet This”. One thing when you are feeling run down or sick is to make sure to stay hydrated, this is even more important when your not feeling well.

I love my second picture quote, I now realize how to incorporate fitness into my every day and there really is no more excuses.There is no such thing as quitting anymore and I plan to finish what I started. All anyone really has to do is get over the mental struggle we all go through and check self doubt at the door. Anyone can accomplish anything the set their mind to. On this past weeks check-in with my trainer Hanan, she asked me to send my pictures wearing a bikini (which was a scary thought). Well I have to say that I bought this bikini that was a few sizes too small a few years back and it’s finally starting to fit. It was so encouraging and exciting to think of bikini shopping for the summer. Alright week 10, I’m ready for you~ BRING IT ON!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit……a fitness journey”

It’s official, I have pasted the 2 month mark and could not be prouder of myself. In such a short amount of time I have learned so much about myself and that my fitness goals are in my reach. I absolutely love, love, love this quote pic as it sums up the mental struggle I have dealt with my whole life when it comes to my fitness. There have been so many times that I have doubted my ability to be able to workout as hard as I have and to achieve the results I have done. Honestly I now know that anything I dream off or wish to accomplish I can do!

Over this past week I have had some long work days and previous to starting this fitness journey may have let temptations win, but not now! I had a few circumstances where I was tempted by food and still stayed focused and managed to avoid them. I haven’t really had any major cravings like I use to have and find that creating new healthy recipes is becoming fun and more easy to do.

This past week I started experimenting with what I was cooking and decided to post a picture of one of my dinners. I am obsessed with kale at the moment and just can’t seem to get enough. As we all know eating any vegetable in the raw form is always better than it being cooked as it can lose some of the nutrients. So what is it that I did with my dinner you ask, well let me tell you. I took ground turkey breasts, mixed a bunch of herbs from my kitchen, added a few egg whites and formed into patties. I then grilled them. Next I took brocoli slaw salad (prepackaged) and added an apple and a bit of avocado to it. For the dressing I mixed together small equal amounts of olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, yellow mustard and a drop of honey. So tasty, easy to make and not a lot of calories. For the Kale I took raw kale (broke into pieces) and a dressing I made and marinated it for 30 minutes. The dressing was really simple, mix raw garlic, crushed chilli flakes, raw grated parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil and ground pepper to taste. The lemon juice in the dressing slightly cooks the kale while still keeping it crisp. I can’t tell you how great this meal tasted, so much that I crave it every night. I felt full and had tons of energy. Kale has so many health benefits including iron which I run low on with not eating any red meat.

This past week I had numerous people start to tell me that they have noticed how I’m looking more fit. It’s really encouraging to look in the mirror and see the transformation, but to have others compliment you on the hard work you’ve put in gives you some added boost. I am noticing my stomach starting to get definition and the start to a 6 pack. I have gained a lot of muscle in my legs and each day feel stronger and stronger. With feeling run down this past few weeks and fighting a bug, I am just starting to increase my cardio, but with this added strength I’m finding it easier to do. I am continuing to take my BCAA’s and Glutamine and definitely recover after each workout faster. My three favourite exercises are 21’s, one leg squats and sumo squats.

I’m looking forward to starting my week 9 and seeing my body continue to change. Seeing that only a few months have passed, I can not wait until Summer when I will be 100% beach ready!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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Tea Party with Tracy Stern

As little girls (and some little boys too), I think we can all look back and remember playing dress up and having tea parties. I also remember my grandmother’s exquisite china tea sets, hand crafted and designed with beautiful roses. Tea time held such wonderful memories, it’s probably because of that I still get such a feeling of love sipping on a warm cup.

In May of this year I was invited to the opening of New York- based Tracy Stern’s SALONTEA, which opened its first ever Canadian boutique in Vancouver (with President Sarah Ambrose). I had heard about the New York location and tea before as Oprah is fond of the brand. I wasn’t sure what the night had in store but soon found myself in my very own “Alice in Wonderland”. I took the occasion to dress up in one of my big Betsey Johnson dresses all decked out in black frilly lace! Upon arriving I was instantly mesmerized by the decor and colors that filled the room~burnt orange, hot pink and chocolate-brown. I wanted to find out more about the concept and was directed to the entrance wall. There laid out before me were seven different cut out mirror images~ The Writer, The Society Hostess, The Romantic, The Lover, The Artist, The Musician and The Fashionable Dandy. I was told to see what image grabbed my attention and that would be the tea of choice. I was of course drawn to “The Writer“, which I found out was Oprah’s favourite too (love this)! I mingled and engaged in wonderful conversations while enjoying a selection of teas, an array of delicate sandwiches, sweet treats and some sparkling champagne. My attention then turned to a display in the middle of the shop, on the shelves sat BEAUTEA products and perfumes which are made from tea. I was very curious and had to learn more.

I had the opportunity to meet Tracy Stern that night and I can honestly tell you she was beyond lovely, gracious and the perfect hostess. I was drawn to Tracy’s concept, devotion and love for the essence of beauty. We sat and chatted for quite some time and she indulged me in her world of tea. The conversation soon turned to beauty talk and we ended up sharing our favourite lipsticks, hers being Tom Ford’s Red and mine (at the time) YSL’s Coral. I explained what a huge fan of tea I was and that I loved taking baths. She mentioned that I should definitely try “The Writer” tea bath sachet and roll on tea perfumes. The perfumes were amazing, with such captivating, enticing and alluring scents. I took some of the tea sachet’s home and it was like indulging in a cup of chai tea (see a previous post here). I was in total heaven.


I picked up a copy of Tracy’s new book “tea party” and she graciously signed with a personal note. The whole night was a fabulous experience and I absolutely love the concept. It really is a perfect place to relax during an afternoon or to host a tea party. This takes tea parties to the next level. From the moment I met Tracy I knew without a doubt that she would be someone who I would like to feature on BB411 for a Beauty Q&A. So go grab your favourite cup of  tea, sit back and learn more about life and beauty with Tracy Stern.

BB411~Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

TS~Since I was a little girl, barbies, fashion and simple luxuries like taking bubble baths were always my world. My mother dressed me well & I have an award from kindergarten for “BEST DRESSED AWARD”! Today in a NY magazine I am still voted best dressed.

BB411~What is the story that brought you to creating “tea party” and the beauty line?

TS~”tea party” the book-I have and always have a million ideas and inspirations for creating special events, decor and gorgeous table top ideas. Plus I love people and being surrounded by friends . I love the element of surprise and fantasy and want to create that for my guests while being old-fashioned and bringing people together.

BB411~What is your earliest memory with tea and tea parties?

TS~As an only child I would have tea parties for my dolls and remember my grandmother cutting out circle tea sandwiches for me with egg salad. Very sweet and simple.

BB411~Do you use tea for your skin care?

TS~I love beauty and purity. Using tea which naturally rejuvenates the skin cells on skins first layer of epidermis. You can actually spray brewed tea to balance the ph levels. As well it actually helps sunburns too.

BB411~Where do you see your business going in the next 1, 5 & 10 years?

TS~I would like to organically approach building several tea apothecary’s for the people to understand the lifestyle component of tea

BB411~3 beauty products you carry with you always?

TS~lipgloss, chai perfume roll on, lipstick

BB411~#1 beauty product you could not live without?

TS~My pure oils

BB411~Favorite lip color?

TS~TOM FORD RED

BB411~How do you stay fit?

TS~Eating healthy, juicing, drinking tea and walking the world over

BB411~What does beauty mean to you?

TS~It’s lifestyle encompassing visual, scents, tastes & it’s a feeling to make life more beautiful and wonderful

BB411~Are you involved in any charities, are any close to your heart?

TS~I am involved in numerous charities in NYC and internationally . My latest NFTE just honored me for helping young entrepreneurs & I’m especially fond of all my charities to help children and women in need.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you know now what would it be? (a lesson learned or wisdom gained?)

TS~I would tel my younger self that everything that happens is the way its meant to be. Let go and enjoy life and all opportunities that come your way.

BB411~Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

TS~People don’t know I’m a skateboarder! I have been skating and doing tricks since high school – freestyle and old school. I love to travel internationally and now will start writing a jet set blog and national column for travel at pink memo.

Tracy Stern has created the popular SALONTEA and BEAUTEA product lines, which are sold at specialty shops and boutiques around the world and on her website. She hosts a tea salon in Manhattan and organizes bridal showers, banquets, and themed parties around the country. Stern and her products have appeared on numerous national television programs as well as in publications such as O Magazine, People, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times.”

To find out more about Tracy and keep up to date with what she has going on, check out SalonTea or follow her on facebook &  Twitter

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“Balanced and Fit……a fitness journey”

It feels pretty good to know that I have just finished 7 weeks of my fitness journey. Being at this point only makes me want to keep going as I have started to see some real changes in my body. I have started to build a strong relationship between myself and food. I no longer feel the need to over indulge and have found balance. I plan ahead when I know there are events coming up and eat before to avoid unnecessary snacking. This past week was my birthday so I knew that I would be celebrating on two different occasions (friends & family) and made sure to stay on top of my clean eating. On my actual birthday (Nov 6) with the family I ate clean all day and saved my cheat meal for my dinner out with friends. I of course went for Italian, seems to be the theme (just can’t give up my pasta). I think my goal will be to creat healthy pastas, who knows maybe a cook book is destined for the future!

This picture quote hit home this week as you really need to “Find Your Strong” each and every day. This past week I was feeling a little under the weather and with the new phase in my plan, I struggled a bit when it came to my cardio. I still made sure I went to the gym 4 times and gave my all when it came to weight sessions. As for the cardio I only got in 2 days and 15-20 minutes was the most I could do at a light jog mixed with a brisk walk. I knew I had to go no matter what and do the best I could with the energy level I had, I still felt I got a lot out of my weight sessions. I am quite proud of myself this past week and especially proud with my leg workout. I really am starting to gain stability and balance and my core strength is increasing.

I’m looking forward to starting my week 8, so crazy to think I have been doing this for 2 months already.

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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“Balanced and Fit……..a fitness journey”

It’s crazy to think that I have been on this fitness journey for 6 weeks now. By documenting and posting each week for you I have really been able to look back and reflect on all the progress made so far. I am starting to gain a strength I never knew I had and learning how to live a balanced life. This quote picture was my inspiration this past week. Alot of the time when you are sore from a workout, your mind takes over and it becomes a mental struggle. You really have to push that aside and keep going, eventually it becomes easier. I also love this picture because I adore Jillian Michael’s and she inspires me. I still have on my bucket list to one day train with her and Bob Harper.

I worked out really hard this past week during my weight sessions and my body definitely felt the burn. I still find my leg workouts the most challenging, mostly because for days after I can barely walk. One thing Hanan my fitness trainer suggested was to increase my Glutamine and take and extra dose before bed. Also since I have completed 6 weeks of training, Hanan decided to revamp my plan and I am now on phase 2. I am still doing 4 days of weights but she has changed up the exercises and added in cardio. I can’t wait to shock my body and see how it reacts.

I have continued to stay on track with a clean diet and only had one cheat meal this week (Indian food). I still do my meal prep for the week and have been loving experimenting with different ways to add flavour to my protein. Mrs. Dash is really becoming my new bff. This week I decided to take my yams and sweet potatoes, cut them into cubes, toss them with cinnamon and a teaspoon of Olive oil (you can use coconut too) and bake them. WOW, they tasted incredible and I tricked my mind into thinking it was getting a sweet treat. Cinnamon is really good for you and helps stabilize your blood sugar. My choice of veggie this week was broccoli, I couldn’t seem to get enough of it (whether steamed or raw). It’s funny lately everyone has been saying that my skin is glowing, it must be from all the good I’m doing to and putting into my body. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that I wash my face with pure organic honey!

I’m looking forward to starting my week 7, not only because it is my birthday (which will be a challenge on its own) but each week I am seeing my body transform more and more. My clothes are starting to become baggy which gives me a reason for some shopping sprees! So far I have lost 4.5 pounds and my upper body is really starting to show definition. My lower body is a little more stubborn, but Hanan says that is normal. I have however taken 1.5″ off my hips~Exciting!

Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program &Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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Balanced and Fit……a fitness journey!

So I just finished week 3 of my fitness plan and I have to say that I am definitely feeling like my body is leaning out. I don’t see a lot of increased muscle definition at this point, but after talking to Hanan she reminded me that it has only been 3 weeks. I think I am like most and want immediate results! Patience is not one of my virtues, which I am definitely working on.

I’m a firm believer that to achieve your fitness goal you need to combine diet and exercise. This past week I found this quote picture and could not agree more. My trainer Hanan actually feels it’s more like 80% diet and 20% gym, which goes to show how important it is to watch what types of foods you’re putting in your body. Since focusing on eating clean, my body weight has started to shift, which is encouraging to see. This past week I did really good with my food prep, I ate fiber/protein powder/egg white pancakes each morning, went shopping and spent a night cooking and portioning out my food for the week.
During my trip to the grocery store I stayed focused and loaded up on necessities like egg whites, purple yams, green veggies (broccoli, beans, spinach, celery, brussels sprouts, cucumber), turkey breasts, salmon, tilapia, ground chicken, low sodium hummus and fresh salsa (very low sodium). One thing I recommend when following a fitness plan, is to not go to the grocery store hungry. This leaves way too much temptation for you and can be discouraging. It’s especially tough when you are going through the check out and right in front of you is the whole display of chocolate bars, WHY? I definitely think this set up needs to change!
I cooked up my protein (salmon, tilapia and turkey breasts) with a variety of Mrs.Dash herbs and put fresh lemons and limes on each protein portion before I baked them. One thing Hanan advised was to try to mix up my protein sources so I don’t get bored. I steamed broccoli, green beans, spinach and brussels sprouts. For my Carbs I chose Purple Yams (why are they not purple), which I steamed. One thing that is important is making sure you are weighing your protein and carbs. I picked up a handy little scale that doesn’t take up too much room in the kitchen. This is crucial to make sure you are staying on target, and if things are not progressing the way they should your trainer can adjust accordingly. I have been using mustard, low sodium salsa and hummus (but only 1 tsp at a time). My cheat meal of choice this week was again (of course) PASTA!. I had mushroom stuffed ravioli with a rose sauce and topped it off with dry curd cheese (for added protein).
My workouts this week were good, though I don’t think I am lifting heavy enough as I should. I think it may just be that I am still at the beginning of the plan. I definitely am getting use to keeping water on hand always and staying hydrated. Again this week I have slept better and had no mid day headaches. I actually went to reflexology this week and think that helped with the sore muscles. As advised per Hanan, I have started taking Glutamine and BCAA’s to get the most out of my workouts and recovery.
Well I am off to start my 4th week of my fitness journey, but before I do I want to tell you about one more inspiration I had this week. Each week I am encouraged by Hanan to keep strong, stay focused and be kind to myself. It’s about living a balanced and fit lifestyle and not a short-term quick fix. No matter what your fitness goal is, as long as you stick to it and make it a part of your every day then your bound to succeed and the results will follow. Hanan proves that anything is possible no matter how big the dream. The only person standing in your way is you and that you have to let go of the fear of failure. I am so proud to share this news……..My amazing trainer is featured in November’s issue of Oxygen magazine. It’s funny I have always been a fan of Oxygen magazine and pick up issues to read encouraging article, find new recipes and see great training tips. It’s pretty amazing to open up the pages, see the person who is training you and gain instant inspiration and admiration…………
Thank you to my personal trainer Hanan Arabatlian from Hanan Fitness  for my fitness program & Steve Nash Fitness Clubs for sponsoring my training at their various gyms.

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