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I am a momma-to-be, a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Stilettos for the Cure

Pin It A few weeks ago I went to a fundraiser with my Mom and sister called Stilettos for the Cure.

I still don't know what the charity is for, but the ticket included food, candy, glorious women, and a chance to bid on designer shoes.

Okay, that's actually not true- I do know what the event was for, but everything else sounds so amazing, doesn't it? The proceeds from the benefit went to help... some people. Somewhere.

My sister and Mom are whack. Me? Totally normal.
We weren't sure what to expect (as it was only the 2nd year it had run), but it was so much fun. We started the night drinking Hypnotiq martinis. And when I say "we", I mean my Mom, drinking both mine and hers.

I'm jeal. 
Then, a transvestite Joan Rivers serenaded us with mostly penis and vagina jokes. I watch Fashion Police and follow Joan on Twitter religiously, so this was a great moment for me.

This was the funniest 5 minutes of my life. 
The night was jam-packed with cake, candy, hors d'oeuvres, and SHOES.

Yes, that is Liza Minnelli on top of that cake!

Gucci shoes up for grabs! I believe they went for $450... which means I need to start making money off this blog. Please donate at [email protected]
My life motto. 
Marilyn, you are a genius.

Shoe candy

Actual candy. 
We all walked away with some sweet shoes and less of our dignity.

No, I am not drunk. Shockingly.

Look at this hussy. 

I thought this was me. 
In all seriousness, the event was a great success, and the proceeds went to the Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre and the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

It felt good to have a fab night out with my favourite ladies and focus on important matters in life.

Lewd comedy, and shoes. 

If you could buy any designer shoe in the world, who would you buy?

I would probably choose a classic black Louboutin pump. Bitches.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Pregnant Peeps can still RUN.

Pin It Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for the lovely, heartfelt congratulations on my pregnancy news! This also explains to you why I've been boring as f$#! over the last 4 months... I've had no booze!

I've already had many peeps asking some advice on working out through pregnancy, and as I am a not very well liked highly respected high school teacher medical doctor, I will be answering your questions over a few posts and I will be posting workouts fit for anyone, but preggo-friendly, too!

About a month ago, I ran the Sporting Life 10km run in Toronto for the third year in a row. This run has special meaning to me as a ton of my family members run it, I happen to teach yoga to one of Sporting Life's owners, and... the run is purely downhill.

Holy God, I am creepy when I run. 
I was 12 weeks pregnant and barely anyone knew my news besides my family! I did tell my running buddy Emily quite early on, as we would be going for runs and I would be dying to keep up with her. I had to tell her I was pregnant so that I could explain my heaving breaths and why I'd be exhausted after 30 seconds of running.

She stuck by me for the first 5km... then kicked the sh*t out of me.
In all seriousness, I told her early because I needed to be more aware of the heat and my heart rate when running. While pregnant, you are not to bring your core temperature up high (this is also why you aren't supposed to go in hot tubs, saunas, or foam parties... shit) and you are allowed (actually, encouraged) to maintain your current level of fitness, so long as you feel good. There was TONS of conflicting information online in regards to your heart rate during exercise- an old wive's tale says you shouldn't raise your heart rate over 140bpm- which, for an athlete like me, would mean I'd be maxed out at a walking speed. I maintained a heart rate between 155-165bpm (to calculate, subtract your age from 220- that is your max heart rate), I stopped to walk every 10 minutes, stayed hydrated, and was always able to maintain a conversation when running.

Before- we always try to look badass before the run- I missed the memo, clearly.

Some people (my Mom, mostly) gave me a hard time about my exercise regime. I think many people still believe that exercise during pregnancy is harmful to the child. There are definitely hazards and things you should NOT do (work to exhaustion; perform heavy weight lifting- think muscular endurance instead; exercise in high humidity; play contact sports) but maintaining a workout regimen you feel comfortable with is very healthy for your baby. Some argue that it makes the baby more prepared for labour (it has experienced stress), it may be a better sleeper, and may be more active as a child. Of course, I'm sure this isn't true in all cases, but I want to keep myself healthy and do the best things I can for myself in my "condition", and for my own child!

Alright, enough boring stuff. The run was on a perfect day- overcast and a little chilly- and I felt fantastic running it. I kept thinking about how amazing it would feel to cross the finish line with my baby gunt.

I said it.

After the race. My Dad thinking it's his glamour shot moment.
I crossed at 56:45, and I was thrilled. My personal best for this race is 48:25, but this felt just as amazing to cross. It was rewarding, exhilarating, and overall awesome- I almost cried.

I need to get a grip.

What have you heard about exercising while pregnant?

Any "old wives tales" you'd like to share about pregnancy in general?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Pregnant In Heels!!!

Pin It You read that right peeps... I'm with child!

Check out the bump! Now please God, do NOT let my feet grow. I have too many nice pairs of heels.
I know what you're thinking... 

"YOU? But you're much too young to be a mother. You're what, 21?"
"You're far too immature to raise a child."
"What?! No wine?????"

And to all of the above, I agree with you.

I am just over 4 months into my first pregnancy, and to be truthful, I feel great. I realize this will make many mothers want to punch the sh*t out of me, but I do really feel good. Of course, I had bad days, weeks even- but I was never sick and have been able to maintain my current fitness regimen.

Running 10km at 3 months pregnant- so incredibly rewarding... especially the amount of food I ate afterwards. 

The bad part is... I've had no wine. 

4 months.

Good God.

While I've felt amazing enough to exercise- running, weight lifting, interval training, and yoga- my nutrition regime... not so much.

I'm pretty sure I ate Kraft Dinner for an entire week, and literally have not cooked anything besides pasta in 4 months.

Make me dinner, or get the f out of my way. 
I'm so relieved to finally share this with you guys!!! My last few workouts have been super hard for me to post as I was 2-3 months pregnant. I'm excited to share this with my peeps and keep up the workouts, even for pregnancy!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

25 for 25 Workout- do this anywhere, all in under 25 minutes!

Pin It Whaddup, peeps! I'm knee deep in marking and exams (wtf else is new?) but, I learned a new slang term a few weeks ago that I am soon going to overuse to the point where teenagers no longer want to use it. But you know, yolo.

You only live once. Yolo. I love learning new slang terms! I'm changing my blog to "fitinheelsbecauseyolo.com".

So between my marking hell and using my time in a meaningful way to research slang terms, I am in need, as always, for workouts that I can do anywhere and that don't take the whole day. Because remember- yolo.

So I bring you the 25 for 25 Workout- 25 moves you can do anywhere- 25 seconds each with 25 seconds of rest in between each exercise- all under 25 minutes. SICK, man!

Legit, yo. 
A bonus to this workout- five peeps win a free download of Bit Timer App (available for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and the 3rd and 4th generation iTouch)! A perfect and simple timer for your HIIT workouts! You can use the app by itself, or have your music playing (that automatically fades when it's interval time!)!

Reach your timer, bro. 
Here are your moves:
And here is the sick video with all the moves (I apologize in advance for the weird music, copyright laws):

Solid. To win a free download of your own Bit Timer App, simply visit my Facebook page and share this workout! Then leave a comment either here (below) or on Facebizzle and you're entered! Winners will be announced Sunday, June 17th!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

I've been Wordled!

Pin It Hey peeps! Happy weekend! I'm sorry for not updating you with sarcasm, swearing, and fitness very much recently. It's been cray-cray up in here and the blog has taken the back seat! Still, know that I think of you often while I count down the days left at school (14... and counting), watch the Bachelorette, and enjoy the weather by eating ice cream sundaes.

Have you ever done a wordle? I am so excited about this. This is me!!

All you have to do is type in your blog's url or type in the words you want, and it randomizes your life!

So as you can tell, I've been really busy.

Anyways, I'm off to play Wheel of Fortune on Facebook.

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be? 

Monday, 4 June 2012

NEW Workout: The Girl With The Strength Tattoo

Pin It Whadduppp, peeps! Happy Monday and Happy New Workout. Go through this circuit of 6 exercises 4 times- 30 seconds each exercise with 15 seconds in between (30 seconds in between for beginners).

You can do this workout ANYWHERE and will take you about 17 minutes total!!!!

Don't F with a woman with a strength tatt. Actual Canadian law.

1. Plank Cup Pyramids
Using 6 paper cups in front of you, begin in a plank. Alternate between your right and left hand, building a pyramid with the cups (3, then 2, then 1 stacked), then un-build the pyramid, always alternating hands. Try not to lean too far right or left or lift the hips- stay steady in a plank. Repeat 30 seconds.

2. Warrior Lunges
Begin in a lunge position with your hands down on either side of your front foot. Lift your arms overhead and back to starting position. Pull your core tight and lift your hips high, then jump switch your legs and repeat other side. Repeat 30 seconds.

3. Wide Push Up with Kick
Begin with your hands wider than shoulder- width. Complete one push up, bringing your left leg to the right side (between your right foot and shoulder- the higher the better), keeping your left foot off the ground. Allow your gaze to follow your left foot. Come back to centre, complete one push up, and move the right foot. Repeat 30 seconds.

4. One-Armed Jacks
Jump from a stationary position to a wide leg stance, lifting one arm overhead when the legs are wide. Repeat 30 seconds.

5. Wide Leg Side-to-Side Squats
Begin in a wide squat, toes pointed 45 degrees. Start leaning side to side and stopping for a second every third time. Repeat 30 seconds.

6. Plank to Downward Dog
Begin in a plank position, fingers spread wide. Push yourself into a downward dog position (hips high) and back to plank. Repeat 30 seconds.

Bring it, peeps! Happy Monday!