What my workouts look like these days

My workouts have really evolved and changed over the last couple of years. I never thought I would say this, but I’m not running anymore. My last real run was in November! In some ways that feels crazy to me, but in other ways it also feels right. I just have not had the urge to run. I know I’ll get back into it one day, but until then I’m trying not to sweat it too much (he he!) and focusing on doing other activities I enjoy.

So what am I doing?


I teach two spin classes per week from 6 – 6:45am. Monday’s is just a regular 45 minute spin class and Wednesdays is a spin bootcamp class where we get on and off the bike. When I’m teaching I definitely don’t push as hard as I would if I was actually taking the class, but I’m certainly still getting in a killer cardio workout!


As mentioned a couple of times on the blog I have an unlimited yoga membership to the local vinyasa yoga studio. I try to go 3x per week but lately it’s been more like 2x per week. I am trying to get that number back up to 3 or even 4 though!

Fitness Blender 

I am so so glad I discovered fitnessblender.com several months ago. This website is amazing! It is packed chock full of free workouts ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour and they are all strength or cardio-strength (HIIT or Tabata style) workouts. I personally do best when I follow an actual program. In the fall I purchased the 8-week FB30 Round 3 program, where all the workouts are under 30 minutes long and I followed it twice back to back. Then just this last week I purchased the Bored Easy program and have started following it. My goal is to get in all 5 workouts per week for the next four weeks! Also my favourite part about Fitness Blender is that the workout programs are sooo inexpensive, like $15 – $25 CAD ($10 – $15 USD) for a 4-8 week program. Amazing!


Walking has still been a huge way for me to move my body, especially as it’s been getting warmer outside. And ever since I got my FitBit Alta for my birthday last year (thanks husband!) I have been inspired to walk more and more. In December I managed to get in 12,000 steps every single day but one and I’m attempting to do so again this week. After a few very cold and very busy weeks at the end of January / beginning of February I haven’t been walking as much. I’m also so lucky that we have an incredible FREE indoor walking track here and it’s only a couple of blocks from my house. That has helped a lot for getting in my steps when the weather isn’t great.

Cross country skiing 

I only go once per week, but it’s still a super fun way to move my body and stay active during the winter months. Plus I love getting outside and getting fresh air 🙂


Sometimes when you live in a winter climate you have to get very creative. Especially since March 1 will mark exactly 5 months since our first snowfall! That’s a lottttt of winter!

What ways have you been moving your body this winter?? 


Should you start weight training

I used to strength train regularly when I was in High School. Then around 2009 I got into running and weight training completely fell off my radar. I did a small stint with crossfit for about 4 months in 2012 to prepare for my wedding and then really brought weight training back into my life in 2013 in the form of at-home workouts like the shred I blogged about here.

Interestingly enough, now in 2016, running is the activity that has completely fallen by the wayside as I focus more on strength training, yoga and walking! I definitely think full body cardio / strength workouts are the best for my body. I notice a huge difference in my body definition when I am regularly strength training. Right now I’m doing the Fitness Blender 30 – Round 3 program for the second time through. I love that the workouts combine HIIT, strength and cardio and I love love that they are all under 30 minutes long!

I do think if you’re looking to lose weight and tone up, regular strength training is the way to go! Here are more few reasons I love strength training and encourage you try it.


I definitely feel more confident and strong when I am doing regular strength training workouts. Research has shown that you’ll have much more energy, vitality and ability to endure longer days from weight training, it’ll also help insomnia, decrease stress and anxiety and even increase your brain function. Another really good reason to take up weight training is that it helps to improve the body’s posture, which I desperately need. I have terrible posture from my desk job.

Anyone Can Do It

You might feel like you’re the wrong shape for strength training but the opposite is true. Through a good program, often at a local gym, anyone can learn to lift safely, appropriately and efficiently. I would recommend a personal training session – or two – if you can afford it. I credit working with a personal trainer, crossfit and the group fitness instructor training I did last year for helping me with my form. It isn’t too costly, many gyms have full weight sets available, you can strength train in standard workout gear such as a t-shirt, leggings, and grippy trainers and feel comfortable, have freedom of movement and know that you won’t fall flat on your face. However, there are specialist footwear out there such as weight lifting shoes for power lifters that are sturdier and offer extra support where needed. I personally just wear regular old running shoes when I strength train 🙂

Endless Health Benefits

Where do we start? Weight and strength training combats obesity, strengthens muscle tone, corrects poor posture and reduces your risk of diabetes. It also lowers high blood pressure, reduces depression and anxiety and makes you feel tons better about yourself. The strength you gain is even transferable to other activities. I definitely found strength training helped me with my running and I know it helped me in yoga – I didn’t truly nail my form in chatarunga until I added regular strength training into my routine.

One Day Your Body Will Thank You (Again)

As we get older, our bones tend to become weaker, brittle and highly susceptible to breaking. If you take up weight, or strength training now research shows that it can help to preserve all important bone density, keep muscle mass, it can slowly waste away, and even improve your balance. Another bonus is that weight training can reduce the risks of back pain, falls and arthritis something which many older people worry about. By training while you’re young, or even not so young, you’re giving yourself a gift that will let you reap the rewards for years to come.

So tell me, do you strength train regularly? If so, do you go to classes (like body pump), workout at home or do your own routines?

I tried to get into strength training on my own at the gym this summer, but I just couldn’t get into it. Home workouts and group fitness classes seem to be the best for me when it comes to getting my strength training in!


Weekend Recap

As mentioned in my tea date post the other night, I am now on my own on the weekends since Eric works through the weekend. And he leaves the house at 6:10am and is home around 7:30pm so he is truly gone alllll day!

Here is what I got up to this weekend…

Friday night I worked late so I didn’t get home until almost 5:45pm and then I immediately grabbed Chloe for a long walk. I really wanted to get my 12,000 steps in for the day and I was only at 5,400 steps by the time I got home. An hour later I had knocked off another 5,000+ steps and I managed to get the last 1,400 or so in just by walking around the house that evening.

After our walk I curled up in the chair with a glass of wine, some chocolate and started a new book!


I am really enjoying it so far.

First thing on Saturday morning I went to the ski swap with my aunt. I really want to take up cross country skiing this winter and I was happy to end up getting a pair of skis for only $10. Dare I say I’m excited for more snow to fly?!


After the ski swap I headed straight to the 10am vinyasa flow yoga class. It was a wonderfully sweaty class! After yoga I got straight to business and my main priority for the weekend – cleaning the house. I normally do a bigger clean every weekend but since I’d been sick the weekend before it had been about 2 weeks since the house had really been cleaned and oh did it need it! 4 hours later I had done all the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, scrubbed the floors, vacuumed the whole house, scrubbed all three bathrooms and washed and folded all of our laundry! Whew. It was a productive day.

It was also a beautiful and sunny day out and I had planned to take Chloe for a walk in the afternoon, but it was so sunshine-y I decided a run was in order instead. We covered off 5km in just over 31 minutes. I am embarrassed to say it was my first run in 3.5 weeks. It is definitely going to be hard to keep up my running through the cold/snowy northern winters especially when I don’t have a solid group of running friends up here. Thanks to Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I felt pretty good.


After the run I came home, showered, visited my grandma for a bit, and then did my hair and makeup.

Eric and I are going to try to keep having little “date nights” on Saturday nights to break up the redundancy of his long shift and also to have some time together. Since he doesn’t get home until 7:30pm I wanted to be ready to go so as soon as he got home he could get changed and we’d head out. So while I was waiting for him to get home I sat on the couch and played with snapchat filters and made a snapchat story about my day. I love the new fall themed ones 🙂


We went to a newer restaurant that only opened a couple of months ago and had some beers and appies. It was a nice night out!


Sunday morning I slept until 7:45am and then got up and made myself coffee and waffles for breakfast. Forgot to take a picture of the waffles! After breakfast I sat in the chair and read my book for a bit. I love weekend mornings that start with reading and coffee!


At 10am I went to another vinyasa flow yoga class that really focused on the hamstrings, which was just what I needed after the run the day before. After yoga I had an amazing snack plate for lunch!


Then I walked over to the arena that is about 5 blocks away to watch our nieces play hockey.


Our niece Lena is in the black helmet 🙂

After the game two of our nieces came back to hang out with me for a bit while my sister-in-law went grocery shopping. We took Chloe for a walk in the snow. It definitely wasn’t as nice out as it was on Saturday.


Then while the kids watched Monster High on Netflix I sat down with my Minimalist Baker cookbook and did some meal planning.


In the afternoon I went grocery shopping and spent my afternoon evening in the kitchen. I made the above lentil ragu with spaghetti squash for my lunches and I prepped this chicken recipe in my crockpot, I will start it tomorrow morning before going to work. I had Drop Dead Diva on in the background while I meal prepped. I just started season 4! I need another mindless show to watch after this one is over.

When I was done all the meal prep and clean up I went next door to my grandmas and visited with her over a cup of tea and while working on my knitting project.


Then I sat on the couch last night writing this blog post while visiting with Eric about his day. Poor Chloe misses her dad so much now that he’s gone for such long hours. She crawled onto him as soon as he got home!


My <3

And there you have it, one weekend alone down – two more to go! Luckily there is so much family around they all keep me busy and this weekend actually flew by.

How was your weekend? If you had a weekend (or multiple weekends) without your spouse / partner, what would you get up to?