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PiYo- Thoughts

After my half marathon in September I wanted to work on cutting back running for a short break and toning – mainly my core. I knew the program I wanted to try was PiYo from Beachbody since they say it is designed to burn fat and get intensely toned fast.

PiYo is a 8 week program and like all Beachbody programs it lays out the entire 8 weeks for you. It is a 6 day a week plan, which for me it hard to follow since I still run and go to other fitness classes. I decided to do PiYo 4-5 days a week then added in a few cardio days as well.

As the name suggests it is a combination of pilates and yoga moves and all moves have modifications so it is for any fitness level. You can expect to use bodyweight resistance a lot, as well as stretch a lot! You also need no equipment, just a yoga mat!

I had fairly low expectations going in if I am being honest. I am such a cardio junkie that I still struggle with lower intensity workouts doing anything. Though I know this is VERY wrong. And this program proved that.

There are a series of workouts that range from 20-45 minutes, lower body, upper body, sweat, core, buns, strength intervals, drench, sculpt, full body blast and strong legs. As a few of the names suggest these workouts are no walk in the park and leave you sweaty! My personal favourites were sweat and drench 🙂

I had a love-hate relationship with PiYo in the end. I saw pretty good results which I did not expect but cannot say I would do another 8 weeks of this program, though I would add the workouts into my routine here and there.


  • No equipment needed
  • Low impact
  • Great for toning
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Good variety of workouts


  • Some workouts are 45 minutes – I am used to under 30 unless it is running!
  • Takes a lot of concentration and coordination to do the moves properly

The moves can be hard when you are first learning them and I believe that the correct form is very important to see results. I found myself almost overthinking at times if I was moving right, holding my core tight etc which I was not a huge fan of. I am not a coordinated person though so this would not be the case for everyone 😉

I knew I got results as I lost almost 1″ for my waist but had no idea how much until I took an after photo – a week after I finished as I almost forgot! PS I need my tan back!


I gained way more definition in my core! I still have a ways to go for my goal but was pretty happy with these results. I did no modify my diet at all and if anything ate a tad more “junk” than usual too. So I think eating more clean I could have seen even better results. As for the rest of my body I would say everything stayed the same, or even lost a tad of muscle in a couple areas that is not visible in photos but I lost 3-4lbs which I would say was muscle.

Overall, it is a program I would recommend based on what your goals might be!


Weekly Workouts

I think it is time to talk a bit about my current workouts! Over a month ago I ran my first half marathon post Chloe and after I run a long race I always promise myself a solid 4 weeks of recovery. This is not complete rest but rest from training because training burnout is real guys!!

These days I am doing two workouts mostly – running and PiYo. I do attend spin classes when I can but sadly that is less often that I would like! I run 3 days a week but keep my kilometers under 20km a week currently. Then I aim for 4 PiYo workouts a week (one gets doubled up ona run day) and one rest day.

PiYo, as the name suggests is a combination of pilates and yoga, and uses only your body weight. I was not sure this would be “my type of workout but after only one workout I knew it was, and way more challenging that I expected it to be.


The best photo I could get of me doing PiYo, and yes, most of my workouts involve a kid or two under me!

I am on week five right now and here are my thoughts on the program:

1 – No matter what workout you are doing (there are 7 total) they all use all your muscles! The core stability you require for the workouts is insane! One goal going into this program was to gain better core tone and stability and I know it is accomplishing it.

2 – I have yet to be sore the next day. Not sure if this is a good thing or not? Maybe it is from the type of movements the workouts do.

3 – It is mentally challenging! I am not good with coordination and these workouts take that plus some. This means it takes me a couple times of doing a workout to get the moves down.

4 – I am never bored. With 7 workouts there is a ton of variety! I am semi following the workout calendar – minus 2 workouts a week and they are always switching it up.

5 – I get sweaty!!! Like dripping sweat. Who would have thought that a pilates/yoga workout at home would do that? Not me.

I am excited to finish off the last 3 weeks of the program. I am not sure what kind of results I will see, and since I did not take a before photo it will be hard to see any. My eating has not been the best either and like any workout program, a clean eating program is also key to see results.


Current Loves

1 – Fall Decor. I do not go all out but do a few little things to make the house feel more like fall.

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2 – Live Clean. I know I say this all the time but they spoil me and we love their products. I swear they always know just what we need too. All these body washes smell so darn good! The new one, Soothing Vanilla Oatmeal might be my favourite. It also comes in a hand soap! With all the talk about antibacterial these days I love that all their products are safe for our whole family, vegan, sulfate/phthalate/petrolatum/silcone/dye free, no animal by-products and are eco-friendly. Both these products have certified organic botanical of vanilla and chamomile (hence the lovely smell) to help soothe the skin.

20160907_132545 The other body washes are their coconut milk moisturizing body wash, exotic nectar argan oil replenishing body wash and their fresh water moisturizing body wash.


3 – Zulu (glass) water bottle. I love my Contigo but wanted to make the switch to glass since I use my water bottle 24/7. I found a two pack at Costco for $19!


4 – Fall. I know, I said Fall decor already but every year I fall more in love with this season.

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4 – Kismet Coco Rinse.


First of all, I am a sucker for packaging, and they nailed their packaging. I have been curious about oil pulling in the past so wanted to give this product a try. The company is based out of Vancouver and I love to support Canadian companies. All the ingredients they use are GMO free, organic and ethically sourced. They only use the highest quality virgin, organic coconut oil.

Why try oil pulling I bet you are thinking? Well there are a ton of benefits they list, from whiter teeth, improved digestion, healthier gums, clearer skin and more.

The product I received was a 14 day kit of individual packages of their Cool Mint Coconut Oil Pulling Kit.  I had no idea how I would do with it since you empty the oil into your mouth and swoosh it around for 10-20 minutes. The first day I did gag a lot but found if I kept busy I wa a lot better. Typically I did it for 10-15 minutes. It took me 16 days since I missed two days – they recommend doing it before eating or brushing your teeth.


My results  I do think my teeth are whiter by a shade but it is hard to tell and in photos. I cannot say I saw any other benefits in just 14 days but would think some of the benefits they list would come after another 2 weeks of doing it.  My teeth and breath did seems a lot cleaner and fresher during the 2 weeks though which I really liked! I also enjoyed the process way more than I thought and missed it once I was done.

5 – These raincoast crisps. These are by far my favourite crackers – so I rarely buy them since I will eat them all in 24 hours!


6 – My mug. We were in Chapters right before my birthday and Avery picked it up and told me it was my present so basically Chad had to buy it 😉


7 – PiYo. I wanted something different for the next couple months that focused on core work. After only a week I know I picked the right program. It challenges me mentally too! It is the perfect balance while I work on shorter, faster runs as well.


8 – My new Lorna Jane activewear. I hosted a party at my house and Chad treated me to a couple pieces for my birthday gift. They are opening a store in Calgary next month for anyone that is interested in seeing more of their line!

This is probably already my favourite sports bra. It has adjustable straps, removable padding and SO comfy. I honestly did not know what I was missing out on! It has the perfect amount of support too.

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And these crops are flattering and I love the fabric (I am not a Lulu pant fabric fan!) – it is soft and comfortable.




What are you loving these days?

Foodie Friday

I came down with a cold this week (insert sobs) after Avery had the sniffles last week I should have known it was coming. Luckily my last cold was last September and this one only lasted a few days.


I started my morning with my new workout program for the next couple months:


More on this next week!

I spent the morning in the kitchen armed with a can of pumpkin, pumpkin breakfast cookies and muffins:



Oh and teething cookies for Chloe which she threw on the ground – apparently she was not a fan so Mum Mums it is!


After naps we headed out for a walk and to the park:


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Becky had invited me to a Pilates class at Studio Pilates that evening and while I was not feeling the best I could not pass it up. We did an hour long apparatus class which was really awesome. I could see myself doing more for sure. It focused a ton on core strength and stability which is exactly my focus right now.

img_7526Local people – watch Becky’s blog over the next couple of months – she is doing a feature on local workouts and gyms to give you all the down-low on what is available here!


I woke up feeling like death 🙁 I managed to get Avery out of the house for yoga playground and then run a couple errands before heading back home.

My Mom brought me medication and Booster Juice at lunch and then I crawled into bed for a bit. After being in bed for a bit Avery ran into my bedroom and told me she was hiding in the bonus room – aka not napping. Sigh.

The rest of the day we spent hibernating, which meant endless tea parties, TV shows and messes. I did make pumpkin spice balls to be a little productive:

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That night Chad started to feel sick too so we were both in bed before 9pm!


I woke up pretty sore from Pilates and the flu/cold did not help! We had a long morning at home so by 10am we went for a walk, took some more fall photos and went to Starbucks.

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I asked Avery to take a photo of me, she totally nailed it:


I started to feel flu like around lunch so took some medication and rested during nap time. After naps we headed out for a 5km run then to the park.

We watched the Big Brother finale that night and the girl I wanted to win did – Woot woot!! Now what to do with all our evenings?! 😉


I wanted to run in the morning but it is too chilly for me (wimp, I know) so instead I did PiYo. We finished a fall craft:


I have no idea why this was under a toddler craft, all she did was pick the leaves and branch. The leaves were soaked in glycerin to preserve them though the colours did fade. Now to find a home for it!

Avery and Chloe love playing blocks these days, meaning Chloe steals them all and it annoys Avery.

20160922_112346I did a power clean and started this post during naps so we could go get our Jungle Farm veggies after.

Becky joined us for supper (Chopped Leaf) and then we got ready for our Lorna Jane Party. Seriously so much cute stuff – if you did not come you missed out 😉


I ended up getting crops and a bra:


Their store is opening in Calgary next month so make sure you follow them for details!

Onto meal planning:

foodie friday

Saturday – Crockpot Chicken Hawaiian Tacos – Host to the Toast

Sunday – Smokies, Corn on the cob & salad

Monday – Spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Tuesday – OUT – belated anniversary supper

Wednesday – Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Quinoa Bowls – Recipe Runner

Thursday – Asian Chicken Wraps – Well Plated by Erin

Friday – TBD – Chad’s Mom is coming to visit so we will order in or go out 🙂

This weekend we have no plans and it feels so nice!!