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#SweatingForTheWedding: Christmas Is Coming

Hey everyone!
I can’t believe it’s already been one month since the last blog post. So much has happened since then, especially with the wedding plans!! 

The Workouts

The last four weeks I’ve been doing what’s called a hypertrophy cycle, which is meant to produce some toning results! I started each workout with 3-4 different lifts, doing 12-15 reps of each for four rounds. Each time I focused on a different muscle group (arms, legs, back, etc.), and finished the workout with a 25-45 minute yoga session. At first I thought, “No, I don’t want to do yoga. Yoga is for people who don’t like to workout hard, and want to relax.” I’m telling you now, yoga is not just about relaxing and melting the stress of the day away. What I did was a more intense form, and wow, it had my muscles burning! And by the end of the video, I actually was more relaxed…probably because the video always ended with “Savasana” (shah-VAHS-uh-huh), otherwise known as Corpse Pose: lying on your back, eyes closed, with your entire body relaxed. It’s heavenly. I was actually a little upset when I realized I had done my last yoga video. BUT Charity recently sent me the next four weeks of workouts, and yoga is involved! Never in my life did I think I would enjoy yoga, but there’s a first for everything! So, for the next month I’ll be doing metcon (metabolic conditioning) workouts four days a week, and fitting in yoga videos whenever I have time (on the same day, or on a rest day). As Charity put it, “Go hard for the workouts, and chill during the yoga.” I’ll let y’all know how that goes in my next blog post! Oh! And I’m getting a week off for travel and Christmas. Thanks, Charity 🙂 

The Wellness

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I would start taking two probiotics a day, instead of just one. I’ve gotta be honest, I sucked at doing this. I had some pretty busy work days, and would forget to take it. But I must say, the days I remembered I did notice a difference. My body just felt better. It’s hard to explain, but the probiotic is doing something good! 
And oh my goodness, I can’t stress this enough: DRINK WATER. Not too much that it’ll kill you (because it can), but juuuust a little less than that. The days I drank lots of water, I had more energy, it helped keep the bloating down, and over time, if I was consistent in drinking a lot each day, my face remained clear of breakouts. Water is magical, tasteless and a bit boring, but magical. 

I’ve been working out for many years now (it’ll actually be 10 next year), but it was never consistent. I’d do it for six months at a time, then stop for one month, continue again for four months, and stop again for two. When I’d stop, I hated getting back into it, but once I did, I would get into the swing of things and feel weird when I missed a few days. If I let a few days turn into a week, then in no time, that week would turn into a month. This inconsistency probably wasn’t the best for me. I’m not saying you have to workout all the time, but doing some sort of physical activity 3-4 times a week can produce results. You don’t have to be a gym junkie. I’m only doing 4 days per week + 1 night of floor hockey, and I’m still seeing results. 
I said I would provide ‘physique updates’ every few posts, as I assumed there wouldn’t be much change between posts (4 weeks time). Well…I was wrong. No big changes have occurred, but in the last four weeks I’ve noticed that some of the business wear I bought in October are just a little bit looser. It’s the little things, am I right? 

The Wedding

Again, the most important part 🙂
My fiancé, Austin, came to visit me for a week in the middle of November. It was so much fun! The first weekend he was here we went to Toronto to take our engagement photos! 

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The photographer was amazing. If you’re in the Toronto area, or even Ottawa for that matter, Stacey Naglie is incredible. She takes beautiful pictures, and captures those candid moments, as you can see. After the engagement shoot, we went to Barrie to visit really good friends of mine who will be the emcees at our reception. Austin hadn’t met them yet, and I really wanted them to get to know him, so they’d be able to make fun of him at the reception as well, LOL. I spent the rest of the week showing him Ottawa (Byward Market, Mer Bleue, etc.), and he got to build his first snowman in 21 years! 

Back to the actual wedding plans: we went to Moore’s to pick out suits for him and the groomsmen. They had one we both liked, and they ended up having a really great deal on it! He’s going to look so good! I’m slowly choosing the music for each part of the day. I didn’t realize how many you need for one day! Pre-ceremony music, processional, recessional, first dance, father-daughter dance, the list goes on. Next on my to-do list are the flowers. My wonderful maid of honour, Allie, is planning on going to flower shops in SSM to get quotes for me since I won’t be there until Christmas, and don’t want to spend my entire week stopping and smelling the roses…literally. Besides, isn’t that what the MOH is for? I plan on having the shop order the flowers, and my bridesmaids and I will put the bouquets together ourselves the day before the wedding. At first, I wasn’t a big fan of this idea when suggested to me, but Charity (she’s a bridesmaid for those of you that didn’t know) showed me pictures of ones she helped put together for a friend’s wedding, and they were beautiful! This is also a big money saver as well, just an FYI!

I am so excited for the holidays! It’s my favourite time of year, and I get to go home and spend it with family. Unfortunately, I’ll be spending it apart from Austin, but have already booked my flights to go visit him in January! See you soon, Texas! 

Since my next post will be after the New Year, I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 2019, here we come!



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