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Being Thankful For Family, Friends and Goals

Happy Thanksgiving to all my BodyPower fans!  Today is a day to be thankful for everything that we have…and boy oh boy do I have a lot!  Where do I start… I am soooooo thankful for my family, friends and students. I am thankful for everything that I have and do.

roundtoitWhile I’m being thankful, I was thinking about goal setting and how I am thankful for the gift to be able to set goals and targets to reach those goals.  You know…as I meet new people and reconnect with old friends, I have begun to realise that goal setting is actually something to be thankful for.  It is so easy to say “tomorrow” or as a wonderful deacon once said we often say “when I get a round to it” so he made a “round tuit” for everyone and said: “Now that you have a “round tuit” you can do anything right?”  LOL … So for everyone out there being thankful today… get yourself a “round tuit” and get to started on whatever it is you would like to accomplish!

As you know, I am training for a figure competition — which is about 6 months away!  Training for this is..well… I’m not going to lie… AMAZING yet difficult however, thank God for my amazing COACH – ALEISHA HART who is there for me every step of the way!  Aaaaaannnnddd…. thank goodness for my amazing husband for picking up the slack!

In the spirit of being thankful for goal setting, I went out today and accomplished my goal of conquering those damn stairs…

My goal was to go up 1,000 steps and back down the same…

50 minutes —

5KM —

10 flights up of 112 stairs per flight

======= 1,120 steps!

WOOHOO… goal accomplished for today!

Ladies and gentlemen… be thankful for everything that you have today and learn how to set goals for yourself… the feeling is amazing when you accomplish the small goals that lead up the end goal!

Thankful for Friends and Family


Today is Sunday and I have to say that I have had a wonderful weekend. I was able to spend time with my family and get my workouts done!  I am so thankful for the wonderful network of friends. There is no doubt that it is sometimes very difficult to get the workouts done – we would rather sleep, rest, read, play, etc.. The reality is that I have set a goal and I WILL get on that stage in May and WIN that figure competition — I am determined!  In order to do that, I have to workout…workout…workout (and eat clean of course!).  Anyway, so thankfully, I have amazing friends who call me and who I can call to work out with me.

Saturday’s leg workout was AMAZING!  I was able to squat on a bosu ball thanks to 2 great men that I workout with — Thanks for the spot Duncan and Dan — I sure feel it today!  Push and push… if you feel good, you are not working hard enough!  Then I started Sunday morning with a chest workout with Duncan, followed by 550 grueling stairs (up) and another 550 (down) with my amazing friend Sabrina who is very inspiring!  And….finished off with a 5.5 KM hilly run with my awesome friend Erika — who always motivates me to go out, even when we are both exhausted!  Of course, I cannot forget Martha – one of the smartest women I know.  Man can she run… I love running with Martha — it’s like going for coffee and being filled with a wealth of knowledge — except of course we are burning calories instead of putting them into our bodies!

It is so hard to get everything done in one day — especially getting together with friends and family and working out so the SOLUTION — incorporate the two!  Run and chat, workout and laugh — it is so great and at the end, you feel AMAZING, STRONG and I really want to say full of energy here…but really… you kind of feel exhausted — in a good way!

I am also thankful for the wonderful circle of positive energy I have around me — Christina Hayden Solomon, Katherine Glen, Crystal Kenny (because every time, I do those damn stairs I think of her doing 1,000 + — how inspiring — I can’t wait to take her up on her invitation to join her!) and of course my awesome coach Aleisha Hart – who is on her way to Ms. Olympia!



I am posting this under success stories because to me it is a success story. I have been working on a bullying book for a number of years and now am officially in the pre-printing stages. I am doing all of the graphic work myself and that’s why it’s taking so long… PLUS… I really do believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right! I am doing thorough research and want this to become a very useful tool for parents, educators, teens and well… everyone! I am soooooo excited about this and am looking at a launch in early spring or fall 2013. Stay tuned for that as well. There are great things coming to! Thanks for following us!

Protein Powder is NOT “One Size Fits All”

Bought new protein powder and tried to eat it like Aleisha Hart does…puked it up…wonderful! Guess I have to keep working at it huh? Then, I mixed it with water and ice and…yup… puked it up again! Love the taste in my mouth today…LOL… Good thing I bought a couple of different 1,000 lb containers!!! Just goes to show everyone out there…not everything comes natural to everyone…it’s called perseverance! If at first, you puke up the protein, try and try again! I have a plan! I will keep you posted.


Many people have been asking what type of supplements I am taking on my new regime! Well, here is a picture…It isn’t that clear but you get the idea!


Food Prep

A big part of training is DIET! I am sure you’ve heard this before… ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN! Well.. I am about to put that to the test. Here is what 1 of my 6 daily meals looks like: (Now keep in mind that this is 1 meal, prepared for 8 separate days!)

What is in here you ask:  4 oz of chicken, 1/3 cups of rice and broccoli (which I am not too keen on!)


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