Why Personal Training is a Great Investment

Personal training. I think when many people think of it they think of the biggest loser, someone telling you how to eat, someone yelling at you all the time. This is all goal dependent. When I got my personal trainer last year my goal was to do military style push ups. Currently I can do them marginally well and currently I do not live near my trainer anymore so sad times, but alas what she has taught is transcending even 8 hours away!

At first, I was so sore – after every session. Then after a few months I wasn’t as sore anymore! Just felt like I knew I had good work out, but wasn’t sore. At some point I kind of gave up on running simply because my back was acting up and I fell down the stairs hurting my ankle, and my cardio was a lot more minimal. However, doing the strength has definitely helped with starting back up again this month!

I put on muscle throughout the year and have become stronger in my upper body then I have ever been before. I’m proud and happy to be a bit thiccer than I was but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy with my body before either. It just means as people our bodies are always changing and dependent on what we do and how we do it.

Investing in personal training, especially with my trainer, made it less about my body and how I looked, and more about getting me to this goal of doing the military style push up and working on push pull drills and generally learning to enjoy fitting in workouts. For example, I used to dread running after work or the thought of going to the gym because I could be doing “something else” but working out with my trainer made me look forward to fitness again. My trainer made me like going to the gym again, she made me like exercise again, and made me feel accomplished and we became friends in the process! YES running is something I will always do but her training has made my running and me as a person so much more confident to try new things. It’s not to say that I had some big transformation in my body, but I did gain muscle, and as my bestie puts it “I’m a machine now” and I’m going to keep doing strength and running because I like it, and of course my newly found love for Yoga with Adriene.

My main point of this post is if it suits your budget (as fitness is very privileged but I won’t get into that in this post) get a few sessions with a personal trainer to even just show you how to use equipment at the gym. I only saw mine once a week and it made a huge difference in my confidence and my workout habits. Did I still probably eat too many chips and a few too many chipotle nights – yes, but my overall thing here is that getting a personal trainer (even if it’s just for a few sessions) is a great way to create confidence in the gym and set small goals until you reach your larger goal!


Blune Day 16: Lets talk, running with asthma

It is no secret that I have allergy induced asthma. I get the question a lot from people who want to run “how do you run with asthma”? Well folks read on. I wanted to outline ways that I run and help myself keep motivated and my lungs healthy when doing a sport that is literally about your lungs.

Okay, first make sure it’s actually asthma. I was diagnosed way back before I even started running when I was around 11. So I have had it forever, regardless of exercise it is triggered by allergies and things in my environment, certain smells, pollen whatever. It has greatly improved since moving to a gluten free lifestyle and taking probiotics!  I often see this in people who say “I went once and my lungs felt like they were bleeding”. I hate to break it to you but it may not be asthma and you should go to you doc to actually get a diagnosis. The likelihood is is your lungs aren’t used to the running and working hard. If you don’t have asthma this feeling generally goes away once you consistently run. Also, this is from inexperience of starting too fast (which I STILL find myself doing).

Now onto actually running with asthma. I take my blue inhaler before I leave, and usually again after I get back if I am feeling like my lungs are having a struggle. Then, understand that when I run, I go very slowly in the beginning to get my lungs work, think of it as lung activation.

So what do you do when it gets hard? Well folks, running is a mental game. You mentally must keep yourself going, I like to listen to music so I don’t get distracted by my own breathing. Yes this sounds odd, but when I would try to run in my highschool days I never had music and would get so mad that I couldn’t go faster and then just give up entirely. I also have been dabbling into the podcast world while running which I love doing because it’s like I’m learning whilst running! Recommendations: the daily, Breaking beauty, full coverage, The Bustle Huddle, The Female Struggle is real! So many good ones!

Also, one key piece of advice at least in my personal experience is run alone. If you have a system, if you have a way that you keep yourself in check, run alone. Sure,  I do races, I would because you are literally just running but in a group and aren’t actually running like partners run, but its tough finding a partner that you vibe with breathing wise or who don’t have asthma or experienced with asthma. My mom runs with her friend who also has asthma so running together makes is good for both of them because neither feels judged by the other. Not that a non-asthmatic person would be judgemental because in all likelihood they aren’t, but if you prefer your system then go for it!

Lastly running with asthma is a great deal more difficult then running with regular lungs. I have great days and bad days. when the pollen count is out and about it can be very hard but when the weather is good my lungs are generally fine and don’t hold me back. The biggest thing to remember as an asthmatic athlete: David Beckham has asthma and he is a world class soccer player. Just because asthma can slow you down it doesn’t mean you aren’t a strong runner, it just means you have to train a bit differently and give yourself the time for your lungs to build up strength.

Happy Running!


Blune Day 8: Lets talk: Doubt

We have all known about the classic runners body for years, slim hips, small chest, long legs. None of which I have. Women are constantly bombarded with images of who is the ideal fitness person, who the ideal runner is, who can run, that only certain bodies can exercise, that if you are a bit on the heavy side you must be trying to lose weight. There is doubt from so many sides of the coin that runners, specifically in this context in which I am writing female runners.

Running isn’t always about being the fastest, sprinting, and being the best. It is a lot more than that. For many it’s a time alone for an hour, it’s a sense of accomplishment, it’s the adrenaline you have from running a race or it’s simply something you like to do with your time. This post is going to outline the doubts that are real in the running world and that should be discussed. People will tell you you don’t look like a runner and you have to remember that spoiler alert: we can all be runners.

My mom who has been running forever, was when one of my teachers said to her “your finally skinny, now you look like a real runner”. Excuse me sir? This isn’t old news, women’s bodies being policed by men. What sparked this post was a memory I had of teachers always telling me I could never run and reinforcing the chubby kid mentality that I had. I read an article in self about a runner who was always “too big” for running despite being an exceptional athlete. She recognized her privilege in the outside running world as being a small woman, but inside the running world it’s a different story.

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Why do I relate to this? Who on a good day can maybe do 7:00min per km? (always working to improve) because I understand this and this is a large feminist issue. Running is for certain bodies. I have a friend who is a lot smaller and faster but that doesn’t mean we both aren’t real runners? This idea of “i’m not built to be a runner” is a myth we all must bust.

I only came to this idea after starting running on my own terms, there was always a rhetoric in my personal life that the only purpose for me to run was to lose weight, and for some it is, but for me running means getting to a career I want, it means a time to myself, it means helping  my lungs get stronger. I am used to people not believing me when I say I’m a runner, but I’m getting more used to meeting runners are who are just happy to meet other runners. Two of the professors in my department run the blog fit is a feminist issue and it is a space to critically assess the fitness world and beautifully write about the being fit and female. The expectations and doubt surround women daily, you wear too much makeup, you’re fat, you could never do that etc. These are the things women hear and absorb through various avenues of life and thus police their every move whether they are aware or not. Yes certain body shapes can give you an advantage but that doesn’t mean you can’t run or call yourself a runner. Running doesn’t have to mean training for a half, there is not set way to be a runner, if you just want to do two runs a week just do two!

I wanted to write this post because I get it alot, “how can you run so far”, and I catch myself doubting myself, saying “omg why can’t you go faster” and especially before I began running on my own terms, I was very hard on myself just for not being the ideal runner. To me running is not about your body or how you look, if you only clock a few miles a week then so be it! It’s about consistency and different goals for different things and different goals to fit YOUR lifestyle.

Here are a few fun articles if you fancy a read. If you want me to post more about this topic, women in fitness and running, shoot me a message or leave me a comment!

https://www.self.com/story/im-not-built-for-running-myth-need-stop-perpetuating 

https://www.self.com/story/my-weight-has-nothing-to-do-with-how-good-a-runner-i-am


Things I liked and Did in May

May was such an interesting month. I turned 23, I got my degree awarded and I saw my wee Buttons this month. I discovered a few things makeup wise, got to see my bestie, and visit home.

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This month I have been loving podcasts, Full Coverage and Breaking Beauty are two of my personal favourites. Full Coverage is two British gals living in LA. Lindsey Kelk and Harriet Hadfield, they are hilarious and always have so many new products to discuss and also discuss real issues in beauty and consumerism! Breaking Beauty is two Canadian women who talk product and also talk with founders about how their companies came to be. Its inspiring and a great podcast for beauty lovers! 

I wanted to throw in a YouTuber favourite, Melissa Alatorre. She is an amazing makeup artist and I could watch her blend out an eyeshadow all day. It is so evident that she is passionate about her craft and I love that she really knows what she is doing. I have gained so many makeup tips from her that I do everyday.

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Ah, the Anastasia soft glam palette. Why is this so good? Dear me, I cannot get over the quality of these shadows. They are blendable, pigmented, beautifully and aesthetically pleasing to look at and perform. I never did get the Modern Renaissance (it is still on my palette wish list…cause that’s normal we all have one right) but when this one came out I knew it was right up my street. This is a great everyday palette, but you can do bolder looks and the shadows last all day. Big win!

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Colourpop supershock shadows. I have been enjoying these a lot, I’m doing an experiment currently so haven’t been dabbling as of late but at the beginning of the month these were my shiz.  Every time I wear them, particularly the shade Kathleenlights I get compliments. They have minimal creasage and are beautiful specimens of what drugstore priced makeup can be. You can’t find anything (in my opinion) comparable in any other affordable brand.

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Introducing Blune. I am so excited to introduce this fun challenge. If you aren’t (which how can you not know who she is) follow Estee Lalonde on her blog and YouTube you should!  She used to do Vlune back in the day on her vlog channel where she vlogged daily! I thought gee I should give myself a challenge to do that with blogging, hence the name Blune. I am only doing 27 days of content accounting for weekends and days I might be missing as well as not just posting content for the sake of content. I am so excited to do this and I think you will enjoy what I have planned!