12:16 | November 16, 2017

PODCAST: HOW TO STAY FIT

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What a weeeeeek.

Wait, it’s only Wednesday. 😂 Hahah omg.

It was a battle and a half getting this podcast recorded. My friggin recording thingy (that’s the technical term) broke halfway through the episode and it took foreverrrrrrr to fix. By that I mean it took a day. But I am impatient so in my brain that is foreverrrrr. 😉 A bit of a rage-enducing delay on my end… but all is well as the show has FINALLY aired! 🎉

This is the first ever Skinny Belle – The Podcast episode all about fitness. And how to keep that bod rockin’.

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Using an iPhone?

💪🏻 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ‘HOW TO STAY FIT – 4 SIMPLE TIPS!!’ 💪🏻

 

Using an Android?

🌟 CLICK HERE FOR SKINNY BELLE – THE PODCAST ON SOUNDCLOUD! 🌟

 

What’s in this episode?

First, I share all the details of my lifelong fitness journey. And when I say ‘share’, perhaps I mean ‘over-share’. hahaha. #truestory. Really didn’t leave any detail out when it comes to highs and lows of my personal fitness.

Yes, we got into the fat college years. The shame. 😂

Point being, I go over all my learning experiences from this fitness journey and oh-so-smoothly transition into talking about my top tips to stay fit that I employ in my day-to-day life. 💪🏻

One topic discussed is how accomplishment fuels accomlishment. This is a big one for me, and I mentioned a book that really helped me called “The Power of Habit” which is a great book on why we do what we do. The author goes into why we build habits, and how we can change them to be more productive habits. A fabbity fab read for me, so check it out if you’re into that.

In my “How to Stay Fit – 4 Simple Tips!” podcast episode, I shared strategies to stay motivated in your fitness that are super practical and easy to use every day! 💯

Check out the episode, either on iTunes or Soundcloud, and let me know what you think! 💞

 

xoxoxo,

 

11:36 | November 8, 2017

👑 #GIRLBOSS CORE WORKOUT 👑

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Strong is beautiful, let’s go get em’ 🐯

#GIRLBOSS CORE WORKOUT is all about packing the best core exercises into one routine, that you can do with absolutely no equipment! 💪🏻

Obsessssssed with this workout, because it makes your waist SO SNATCHED. I love it. The abs will be poppin’ if you keep this one up.

**Best way to do this Skinny Belle workout? As you watch pause to read the move descriptions, watch the demo, and then go at it yourself! 😄 Also, I have included time-stamps below if you want to skip ahead. 💕

0:24 Cross-Body Mountain Climbers

– Start in a plank
– Pull one knee in towards your opposite shoulder
– Keep your core TIGHT the entire time

0:34 Hip Raises

– Lay on your back with your feet near your bum
– Put your arms on the floor at your sides, and press your hips up
– Squeeze them glutes… hard 😉

***This is a favourite of mine. It feels amazing when you have super old person hips like me. 👵🏻 The flexers stretch right out and just feel ahhhhmazing.💯

0:45 Side Plank w/ Hip Raise

– Place one foot in front of the other and hold a side plank
– Raise and lower your hip
***Again, if you have bad hips like me, this feels like CRACK. 😩

0:57 Leg Raise to Kneeling Crunch

– Start on your hands and knees & extend one leg out behind you
– Raise that leg, and then bring it in to a kneeling crunch
– Suck your abs up when you do this 👌🏻

1:11 Plank Jumps

– Get into a plank, feet hip distance apart
– Jump your feet in and out
– Keep the core tight, this will kill ya! 💦

1:22 Toe Touches

 – Lay on your back, with your legs up at a 90-degree angle
 – Reach your opposite hand to touch the outside of your shoe

 

xoxoxoxo,

 

10:07 | October 17, 2017

🍑 BOOTY & ABS WORKOUT 🍑

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YAAAASSSS! Obsessed with this workout. 💪🏻

This is one of my absolute favourite workouts to do to keep my abs and booty TIGHT AF! 💯

Designed by Braden Touche, head trainer at Four Seasons Vancouver, this workout can be done all at home with no equipment. We used some extra weight and resistance in this video, but it can be done either way. 😊

The best way to do this workout is to pause the video on the move description after watching the demo. If you hit up🎥MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL🎥you can see detailed instructions with clickable links to the right part of the video.

If you want to do the workout right from Skinny Belle (aka here 🤓), you can find the instructions written out below:

Single Leg Bridge
– Lie down with your heel close to your booty
– With one leg in the air, press into your foot on the ground and raise dat ass up into a bridge
25 reps, 2x

Curtsy Lunge to Squat 
– Step one foot behind and across the other and lower into a lunge
– Step back into a regular squat (make sure you engage the core the whole time, ur bod will be lit)
15 reps, 2x

Bungee Kick 
– Raise one leg up and over across your midline
– Keep the rest of your body totally still
30 reps, 2x

Bicycle Crunch 
– Start in a V-sit, engage those abs
– Bring one knee and the opposite elbow together, do the other side
– Reach up and try and touch your toes
20 reps, 2x

Leg Raises
– Put your hands under your booty to keep this move slow and controlled
– Raise legs, at the top, lift your bum off the floor
15 reps, 2x

Plank Claps 
– Grab your bestie and get into two plank
– High five eachother a bunch of times
1 minute! Challenge yourself to see how long you can go for 🙂

Hope you love this workout as much as I do! 😁If you try it at home, send me a message! I want to know your thoughts and feedback. 💌

Thank you to James Manzano for the dope edit! 🎥

 

xoxo,

 

5:17 | January 30, 2017

OAHU

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Longboarding today! Got out there in some pretty savage waves/wind to do some surfing. Definitely was far from my best day on the water (like, the farthest), but it was still awesome to get out there for a little bit.

Enjoying our resort in the Ko Olina area today and relaxing for the remainder of the day! Have some super cute beach looks coming for you guys soon <3

xx,

9:04 | January 8, 2017

BEAUTY DAY

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Another beautiful day at Whistler Blackcomb 

Give me any choice in the world as to how I spend my free time? Chances are, this is it. I am 100% that person who is in bed before 10 pm on a Friday night so I can get up early and go skiing the next morning (I like to party, what can I say ?) It’s all about priorities and making the time to do what you love. After all, what on earth is the point if we can’t do the things we love in life? #realtalk

So make sure you take the time to do what you love, whatever that may be. The world will be a happier place for it.

On another note, lately I have had a badddd case of the travel bug. It has been far too long since I’ve gone on an adventure, so I am stoked to say that I have a few trips planned this month! Will be going to London this week (already preparing my English accent to annoy all the locals), and 2 weeks from now HAWAII!!!! Surfing all day every day? Yes please. All about it. Thinking about buying a new GoPro for that trip so I can take some gangster surfing pics. (lol) We will see.

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Happy Sunday 🙂

xx,

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8:18 | October 9, 2015

TOP 5 WAYS TO STAY FIT FOR FALL

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A bit of motivation to get your butt in shape for fall!

Today we are talking about how to not completely let ourselves go in the fall. Lets be real here. I need this post, you need this post, we all freakin’ need this post. It’s that time of year when our overzealous pre-summer fitness goals have long been abandoned, and exchanged for way too much comfort food and Netflix. (<– real talk.)

Ladies, let’s get it together. Just because the temperatures are dropping and it is getting ever rainier, does not give us an excuse to stop all exercise and starting eating like crazy! It is so important to maintain a healthy body and mind year round, and not have an annual “get skinny for the beach” panic attack a month before summer starts. We should feel like we are at our best, always.

Alrighty, so how can we make sure we stay active for fall? Below are my favourite tips!

 

BUDDY SYSTEM

Get a girlfriend and schedule a gym date together, every week. The buddy system is SO KEY to making sure you go do your workout. It is way harder to say no and ditch someone than it is to quietly tell yourself as you inhale a pie that “it’s okay, you can go workout tomorrow instead….” So, gym buddy. Get one, and stick together like glue!

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Even though I am a bigggg fan of being in the outdoors to get my exercise (hence the photos above lol), there are just too many rainy and gloomy days in the fall for me to realistically expect myself to go for walks and jogs every day. It just ain’t happening. So, pick an indoor activity to do! For example: spinning, yoga, pilates, or even kickboxing! All great ways to stay sheltered from this fall weather & still get your fitness on. And obviously when the sun is shining get outside and enjoy it!

NEW GEAR

Invest in some new workout gear! This is so simple, but ohhh so effective. There is no feeling like rollin’ into the gym like you own the place in your new sneaks. LOL! I am serious. It makes me feel like such a boss. So go out and get yourself a cute new little workout outfit. Who knows, maybe you will catch the eye of the hottie to your left on the treadmill 😉

SET GOALS

I have talked about goal setting before and how it can be a great motivator with your fitness! And this is no exception. Make your workouts a challenge for yourself, and see how much you can accomplish. If you set a goal for yourself and have an actual objective to work towards, you will be so much more motivated!

TREAT YO-SELF

Okay so once you set those goals, and achieve them…. Treat yo-self!!! Buy yourself those shoes you have been wanting for a few months. Cuz babes, you deserve it. Believe me you will feel even more fab when you strut around in those new boots when you know you have earned them!

 

So guys, those are my favourite tips to stay active in the fall! Just remember it is all about feeling good all year round. You will be happier and healthier for it… promise! 🙂

Okay so now I am going to go practice what I preach… and get my pilates on! What are you guys going to do to stay fit for fall? Comment below, the more inspo the better! <3

Lots of love.

 

x,

 

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5:00 | September 23, 2015

WHISTLER HIKE

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Not going to lie, this hike was cold. Like it was frickin freezing you guys. Think 35 km/hr winds + 4 degrees celcius, at the highest point on Whistler Mountain. But, alas, we did it. Because sometimes you just need to get out there and kick butt

This post is directly related my other post on “just doing it.” Sometimes the weather isn’t great, and you don’t really feel like going out and getting active. But if you suck it up and get out there, chances are you will never regret it. You will also probably feel like a champ. Kind of like I did after we conquered this savage day.(<— get ready for a “how to stay healthy in the fall” post coming your way soon.)

Moral of the story? Get your ass off the couch and get active! It will keep your mind and body feeling great. So… JUST DO IT!

 

x,

 

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12:37 | July 26, 2015

CYPRESS MOUNTAIN

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Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope ya’ll are having a great weekend. 

These photos are from a beauuuutiful hike I did the other day in Vancouver. Just wanted to pop in and say a quick hello, because I am busy doing old-people things like laundry today. Like, I am not sure you guys understand how much laundry is going on right now. Girl needs to get it together and start doing laundry on a regular basis. Literally what I do is just keep buying new clothes because I am too lazy/hate doing laundry. Hahah yup. I wish I was kidding. #responsibility #adulthood 

ANYWAYS, I will be over here up to my eyes in laundry. Hope your Sunday is a lot more exciting than mine right now! (Slash give me tips on how I never have to do laundry ever again cuz it sucks lol)

 

x,

 

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1:00 | July 8, 2015

CHEAKAMUS LAKE

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LOOK AT THIS VIEW.

LOOK AT IT. I can’t even. So freaking beautiful.

It wasn’t necessarily the most challenging hike I have done in my life, but HEY. Still counts. The hike up to Cheakamus Lake was about 16km round trip, which sounds impressive but the elevation was not very high so it was easy peasy.

Also I got new hiking boots. I swear to god hikers in Vancouver are so judgey. Try wearing your gym Nike’s on a hike. JUST TRY IT. I dare you. I guarantee some elitist hiker (or whatever you call that breed) will publicly shame you for your inappropriate choice of footwear. This totally happened to me on the last hike I went on to Garibaldi Lake. LOL. Alas, the peer pressure got to me and I went out and got myself the best pair of hiking boots I could find. It feels like I am in some sort of awesome secret club now. Every hiker who I pass gives me a head nod of approval/understanding/RESPECT. Cuz im in the club. And I look legit. And damn straight I give them a nod right back. Because I am IN. 

So I was feeling pretty legit. That was, until I went swimming. HOW COULD I NOT?! Look at the water! After my beautiful and relaxing glacial-water swim (it totally wasn’t relaxing it was fucking freezing) I realized we needed to get going and didn’t want to be hiking for 8km in wet clothing. Soooo I just ended up wearing my sports bra and swim-bottoms for the hike down.

Ya not awkward at all when you pass someone and they are staring at your backside. I like to imagine I looked like a super badass amazon woman who had just fought a black bear or something. Probably was not the case, but I am going to go ahead and continue letting myself think that. (<– Insert a mil crying/laughing emoticons here. I hate that I can’t use emoticons here. The interwebs isn’t letting me live my life!!! Maybe its for the best lol cuz this whole post would just be a range of emoticons, similar to my texting conversations hehe.)

Have any of you guys done any sweet hikes lately? Any good recommendations for me? (Worldwide please!! I am getting a big list of places I want to hike going 🙂 )

 

x,

 

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1:00 | May 26, 2015

HIKING ADVENTURE

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What a beautiful day!! This weekend some friends and I hiked up to Garibaldi Lake near Whistler, BC. It was a phenomenal hike and such a great way to spend a Sunday. The hike was 5 hrs total (about 18 km) and definitely hit my list of “most beautiful places” I have ever seen. There really is no comparison to being way up in the mountains at a gorgeous lake! The air is fresher, the trees are greener, and we were all literally squealing with happiness when we got to the top haha. If you guys can’t already tell, I like to spend my free time either skiing down mountains or climbing up them. 🙂

Hiking is a great way to stay fit, because you can do it with friends! Doing something as a group is such a good motivator to get outside. Literally on the morning we were going to do this hike I was in bed all like “uhgggg it’s cloudy, should I even go up?” But I was en-route to meet friends so I had to move my ass out of bed and get going! Group motivation, works every time. Or peer pressure… lol that works too.

Hiking is a relatively (I say relatively cuz the way down can be rough) low-impact activity which is super beneficial for those of you who have bad knees/hips like I do. And the scenery makes the trip SO worth it. I mean come on!! Would you look at that view?! Gahhhhh I can’t even you guys. Full on white-girl “can’t even.” Lol. Okay that’s enough out of me for one day.

Get outside and get moving!! Summer is here!

 

x,

 

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