Monday, December 29, 2008

Post-Xmas Ramblings

Hey Everyone... finally, here's my Story of Xmas!!

and here's the xmas montage I promised... We start with what I drove thru to get there (although it doesn't look nearly as bad on camera as it was) and move on to what I arrived into!! Please have patience thru the part with the kids playing, I know there's alot of it and I'm kinda rambling and its dark (try to watch it at night with the lights out if you can't see it), but I think the message is important and completely relevant to the theme of this overall site... AND some of the things these kids come up with on their own is absolutely mind-blowing (at least to me).


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Xmas Eve - Snowed In

Hey sorry this is so late... my video upload service totally let me down over Xmas!! Anyway, here's the beginning of my Xmas Eve:

After I recorded this vlog, however, the snow let up a tiny bit, my building manager shoveled the driveway to the garage and the roads on the webcams along the freeways didn't look too horrible, so I hit the road... more to come about that soon!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Guest Vlog - Plateaus & OverTraining

Hey everyone... I'm making Guest Vlogs over on StraightToTheBar a bit of a habit! Here's another one, for you regulars its probably a bit of a repeat but still a good point to remember!

Click on the Link: Plateaus & OverTraining

Wednesday - Xmas Eve & A Run In The Snow

Well, here we are, big potential cheat days are upon us! Merry Christmas Everybody!

oh, and a note, its now Xmas Eve, and I am indeed snowed in. Not the ideal year to have Xmas cancelled on me like this, but what's a girl to do, ya know? Have a great holiday everyone.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday - Disappointment and SNOW!

So, got a little disappointing news today. I wondered how I'd handle this kind of situation once I had these new habits. Check it out!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday - The Gym

Subbing in one exercise for another (or machine, or machine for free weights, or vice versa) when the gym is crazy-busy and too many people are causing a barrier to you getting your workout done the way you want to or with the intensity you're intending!

Saturday - Food Glorious Food

I went shopping today and found a couple of cool new things I wanted to share with you!! check it out!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday - Keepin' Track

hey guys. do you keep track at the gym? I don't mean in your head, I mean on paper, with a pencil....

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday - Pretty Slippery Out There!

More about the snow and the workout limitations imposed! I'll stop complaining about the snow eventually, I'm sure!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday - Circumstances

snow, Snow, SNOW, SNOWWWW... no to snow! Well, here I am dealing with the effects of Circumstance Beyond My Control. Blech.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday - Priorities

Uh oh! My life just shifted! How am I going to wind up prioritizing all the things I must now prioritize?

Guest Article for StraightToTheBar

hey, check it out, I've been honoured with another guest post over at StraightToTheBar... I talk about what to expect if you're just starting out weight training!

Weight Training - Starting Out: What to Expect

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday - Support!!

Hey everyone... how's your support network? Do you get support from your friends & family? or do you get exactly the opposite? I have a few (as usual) opinionated thoughts about this one!

and just a little bit more on the subject:

Saturday - Spot Reducing

Can you spot-reduce? Can you get a flat tummy by doing a lot of really hard stomach exercises? Find out!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday - Post TweetUp

Just a quick chat about the tweet-up and my doms!!

Thursday - ROAD TRIP!

I'm on the road, killing time stuck in traffic so thought I'd multitask and talk to you about my quest for xmas gifts for my nephews, my workout earlier today and other random etceteras!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday & We're In The Kitchen Again!

Hey everyone! I finally got to a few of my specialty stores and put some good food back in the cupboards and fridge. So thought this a good opportunity to stop making promises and not keeping them! Here's a trip thru my well-stocked (at least for me) kitchen!

Oh, and for the record, I did NOT do the stairwells after all. By the time I got home it had gotten nice out, so I went for a ride on my legs, a lovely endurance run, instead. And, yes I was well-behaved at lunch. Had a salad w/grilled chicken & a club soda and also a coffee with some skim milk. And am very proud of self for not causing any guilt as a result of this day! :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What is #30DC??

Hey guys... for those of you who wonder what the heck I keep tweeting about when I say I'm leaving the twitter conversations to go back to watching videos for the #30DC or "30 Day Challenge", well this is one of the reasons I gave up regular TV!! I'm too busy watching videos on the computer! LOL

Actually, I'm trying to learn some new things about the Internet and all its mysteries and secrets. Basically, its a set of FREE lessons about how to make some bux on this crazy medium.

Learning new things is always exciting. And scary. But how does one grow unless they step out of their comfort zone? I'm determined to always be open to learning and growing in life. I hope you guys are too. So, I'm gonna do it and see how it goes.

I'll let you know what happens!

Go here to find out what the heck its all about:

30 Day Challenge

Also, f you think you might want to do this too, let me know, cuz the guy running it recommends his students do this in 'teams' but so far I'm all by myself muddling thru! At the moment I'm 4 days behind cuz I missed the pre-season videos and am now sifting thru those but am determined to catch up to the group and move forward.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday - Random Musings & Nocturnal Feedings

Hi everyone!!! Its Tuesday (already?) Today I discuss everything from my chiro visit & hamstrings to insomnia and nocturnal feedings right thru to what to replace your plastic water bottle with.

Fun With Xmas Pics

Hey you guys!!! I've been having a little too much fun perhaps with Scott from

May I call you attention to the top right-hand corner of the StraightToTheBar blog page!! I'm a t-shirt model too!!

Straight To The Bar

Ladies, Scott is looking for other models to put in this space. All you have to do is go to his site and purchase one of his awesome shirts here:

Click here to get the shirt

And then once you receive it, just have to have someone take your pic in your own home (or take it yourself with an automatic timer like I did) and send it to him and he'll do the rest!! He gets several hundred THOUSAND unique visitors a month and is offering YOU guys a link to your blog or vlog in exchange for your pic and permission to use it like he's using mine.

So, if you're interested in a little cross promotion that will likely drive some pretty good numbers to your own blog, please email me at the address in my sidebar and I'll hook you up.

Tuesday Guest Article

Hey everyone. I was asked by Scott of to do another guest article for his blog...its a topic I've already covered here in so for those of you who are regular visitors to this vlog, it may be a bit of a repeat for you but it is something I wanted to share with the StraightToTheBar people too.

Check it out!

Get A Great Workout At Home

(oh and for anyone still linking to me via the blogger link, please note I've got this kicky new domain that will take you straight here, please update your bookmarks!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday Ramblings

Hey everyone... a little stream of consciousness here for you.

Oh, also I forgot to mention in the video that I actually shaved a full 2:15 off my endurance/hills run today (that's 2 MINUTES, 15 SECONDS!!) since the last time I did the same run just last week by just 'given er' instead of being delicate about it ... and man did that feel great!!!

See ya tomorrow!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday - Stretching!

Hey everyone. A little speech from me about learning the hard way and making sure you do right by yourself by stretching properly with your workouts.

Saturday - Post Cookie Frenzy

Let's see if I have any remorse about that cookie frenzy on friday night shall we? enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday - Ramblin'

Me using a freeweight (yay) on another lame machine (boo)...trying to stick to a theme here ... sorry for the mixed message within the pic, we were desperate for props/scenery!!! :

My daily rambling:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday - Plateaus

Happy Thursday everyone!!!

Ok, so one very loyal follower is pushing my buttons again!! Just joking, healthy debate is fun! But anyway, dear Kelly has kindly pointed me at one stair stepping machine that actually DOES mimic a real stairwell, and I have to concede that YES, this particular machine comes about as close as you can get to a REAL stairwell. I would even go so far as to say this machine is probably HARDER than a real stairwell, mostly because you'll never get to the top if you don't want to, the ROM is exactly the same as a real stairwell, and if you set the speed high enough you have to keep going at that speed or be swept away.. on a real stairwell you can slow down any darn time you want to (aka: cheat!). Just don't be hanging on to those side bars or front part and I'm a fan of this one! Good on ya, girl!

However, further to my comment about how some machines let you rest too much of your body and do alot of the balancing for you, here's another pic of me we took during my photo session; this one is on a stationary bike. I mean, c'mon, there's even a place to rest your forearms so you can 'relax' upper body while you work your legs. Geez. Dumb. Just plain dumb.

Anyhoo, here I go yakking on about my current program again, as well as a few more tidbits about getting off plateaus! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednesday - OverTraining

Hey everyone. A little diatribe about a couple of the responses I got to Monday's vlog about Free Weights vs. Machines, then off I go rambling about OverTraining and the effect it had on me. Enjoy!

Tuesday - New Program

Sorry I'm late! New vid service not cooperating. Enjoy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Early Tuesday - Another Fabulous Honour

Hey Everyone. Well, I was honoured again with a request to do a guest appearance on someone else's vlog/blog. I get into the nitty gritties of my running addiction. I really had fun doing this one too!

Please follow the link and enjoy.

Running - How, Why, Where, When!

Thanks Scott!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday just keeps on going

More about Weight Training!! Enjoy!

Monday Night - Lets talk about Muscles again!

Hey everyone. I share my opinions about using machines vs. free weights. Just my opinion mind you!!! it does look like this video is full length now. Sorry for the original being cut off. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday - Guest Vlog Appearance Notice

Hey guys.. my vlogging inspiration, the one and only Ms. Kelly Olexa asked me to do a guest vlog for HER vlog!! Another huge honour, which I was happy to supply. Check it out here:

Saturday and we're heading to the Bar!



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday - All Packaged Up

Hey everyone. Today I talk about packaged food. Good? Bad? Necessary?

Here's some more pics from my recent shoot... tried to find some good ones of my quads, but those ones were pretty hard to come by. For some reason the definition in my quads just isn't showing in these pics like I thought it would. Dunno why! but here's a couple of new pics anyway:

also, just wanted to give a thanks for a special honour: @thefightgeek on Twitter reco'd me to this guy who linked me up... wow, the honours just don't stop coming! THANKS!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday - Sugar!

A couple of omissions to yesterday's "Do Not Eat" list are addressed, and I finally dive into the pantry for a short visit regarding sugar.

oh, and btw, that chocolate bar? ORGANIC! yep. and a VERY short ingredients list, cocoa mass, raw cane sugar & cocoa butter. The best chocolate bar I've been able to find out there. The brand is "Vivani". If you're going to eat chocolate, try to make it at least 70% dark (antioxidants) and organic. and then enjoy!

and finally, a quick shout out to a fellow blogger, who has deemed ME and my pictures worthy of posting on her blog, as inspiration. Thanks for the props gf, it such an honour!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday Night - Boredom Inspired Vid

Ok, Pullups. Yes, close grip... beats not at all, right? Am working on the wider grip. Those blue handles mess with my grip, I can't hang on to them for very long. I really must cut those off sometime so I can get with the program for a wider grip.

Tuesday - Pics

I wish I had better pics of my quads, but here's the calves anyway! :-)

Tuesday - The "Do Not Eat" List

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Muscles

Well, I've got all my fitness pics back now. My jaw dropped when I saw these ones. I'm flexing pretty hard in one of them, but even I was amazed at the muscles in my back... I mean, I never get to really SEE my back on a regular basis, do I? So, this was new information for me.

Wow, rows and deadlifts work really well, eh? :-)

Happy Monday

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Night: Where it all comes from

I was asked, outside of self-motivating, where do I find my inspiration.

Sunday: Love Thyself

The Inspiration:

The Confession:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday - Later that Day!

Hey guys... I'm starting to get some of my fitness pics back now. Here's a really nice one, showcasing my abs.

Interestingly enough I got this back from my photog friend the same day I finally figured out how to post a link to something I wanted to recommend. If you look on my sidebar you'll notice a new link, to Mike Geary, who I've mentioned now at least on two separate occasions. I didn't start this vlog just to sell crap to you guys. But I'll be honest with you, if I have used a product or service or read an eBook I TRULY believe in, I'm going to link to it for you. I'd like to keep the integrity of my vlog pure and clean... and honest. I do this cuz I like doing it. I do this cuz I like sharing with you guys, I find you inspirational and I find inspiration from you guys finding ME inspirational! And if my vlogs help you guys, then I'm doing something right. Its all about "giving" in life, isn't it? Helping others on your road to being the best person you can be? and leaving a footprint that mattered after you're gone? That, kids, is MY dream. To have made a difference to even one soul on this planet, but to as many as reasonably possible!

Anyway, I have read "Truth About Abs" ... it was my first stop on my journey and I'll be forever grateful I found it. I really believe in Mike Geary for his theories and ideas about fat, food & compound exercises.

So, keep the faith if you see a link or two. I'm going to do my absolute best to keep my links relevant and only post things I TRULY believe in, have used myself, know what they're all about and can honestly tell you I recommend it... and, I recommend Truth About Abs... I mean LOOK at my abs! Even *I* can't believe how awesome this picture is!! I'm feeling pretty proud right this minute. :-)

Saturday - The Two Day Effect

Hey Guys. I'm having a hard day today, and talk about something I will always from this day forward call "The Two Day Effect"... enjoy.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pre-Party mind-spurt - Motivation again

Hey Kids!! Ok, I'm on my way out for the evening, and had a thought to share about motivation. Here it is, I'll let it speak for itself!

Thursday Post-Workout Motivation

I'm doin' stairwells today, and here's the resulting brain-spurt!! :-) I'd like to preface this with the correction that when I was talking about stairwells being good "HIIT" I probably should have said they're good "Intervals"... one of the "I's" in HIIT means Intensity, and no one can have intensity going on if they're reading a book. Okay?? Okay!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let's Motivate!!

Welcome to Wednesday! I answer the question of how I got to the mindset I'm at now, how I motivate to workout every day, and eat right.

Also, for the person that asked me what I think about the P090X, I'm sorry, I don't have any knowledge about that program. I prefer to write my own programs. But I have heard it will kick your BUTT! and that you need access to a pull-up bar to get the full benefit from it. I am intrigued by it, might even try it someday, but I'm pretty good at kicking my own butt so for now will be sticking with my own programs.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yesterday we ran, Today We WALK!

Hey Everyone, I'm taking you on a tour of where I do most of my cardio today. Luckily I figured out how to string a bunch of little videos together no problem so its all in one video (phew), but this video is a bit longer than the others.

I'm also trying a different format with video upload today. Let me know if you like it or hate it. If its no good, I'll go back to

Part 1 (the seawall adventure):

whoops! forgot to add my map of Stanley Park! here it is... I usually walk all along the path that's along the lefthand side of this map:

Part 2 (the grateful appreciation):

Monday, November 17, 2008

We're off 'n running now!

Hey everyone... here's a quick tour thru the space I work out in (also known as my home!). I made a small mistake in one area, so when I start talking about doing 'chest presses' on a chair, I actually meant 'shoulder presses' ok? :-)

I also wanted to point out when I'm talking about super circuits using all compound moves and my doubt that they can keep muscles defined, what I mean really is that you pretty much have to use lighter weights when doing compound moves and isolation moves lend themselves more to lifting heavier weights and adding muscle and definition to the muscle you are isolating.

enjoy... !!!

Oh, and please comment and let me know how I did, I'm still learning and hoping to learn from you all! I'm a sponge for constructive criticism so feel free to let me have it if you see areas I can improve/change up!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Introduction to GWNN

Ok, here's my first foray into vlogging/blogging. I hope you enjoy it. Please send me comments and let me know how I did! thanks!!! (and WELCOME to my life on video!)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I finally got it together and put together a blog for myself. Still trying to figure out what will make me compelling enough to bring you back again and again, but I'm sure that will come. For now, stand by. I'll titillate you as soon as I find something titillating to ... um.. titillate you with... uh... yah, that's it!