Monthly Archives: March 2012

Days 170 and 171 – Mrs. Bridal

Days 170 and 171 – Break

When I first started looking for “the” wedding dress, I imagined myself in a very 40’s modern dress.  I went to David’s Bridal first, thinking I would find a Vera Wang that I could rock down the isle.  I liked them, but didn’t love them.  I gotta say, Vera Wang dresses are very pretty, but they never had anything close to what I imagined.  Plus, I just didn’t think they were for me.  Then, because my dad just recently went through prostate cancer surgery, I went to The Bride’s Project (  I really thought I could find a dress there.  I left empty handed, wishing I would have given my money to their good cause.  Nothing stood out so far.

Finally, my friend Vicky suggested Mrs. Bridal Boutique ( HALLELUJAH for them!!!  I went to their boutique today and finally got the dress ordered.  It’s done.  I’m excited beyond words.  YIPPPPPPEEEEEEEEE!!!



Day 169 – Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Day 169 – Break

It’s like night and day.  Today was amazing.  All that kempo from yesterday got me so tired I went straight to bed last night.  I slept like a baby.  When I woke up, I told myself something that one of my course directors passed on to me.  Every day start off fresh with a student who didn’t have a great day the day before.  Try your hardest to put things behind you.  This will keep you sane and will make sure the student knows you are not giving up on him/her.  I refuse to give up on my student.  Honestly, I got up with a smile on my face and the determination of a warrior.

After a long day at work I wanted to take a nice long break.  Believe it or not I looked forward to making dinner.  Not just any dinner.  I got super creative with my food.  I felt so relaxed today.  A p0sitive attitude and a little creativity can go a long way.  My heart is happy knowing I’m making a difference in someone’s world.


Day 168 – Arrrghh!

Day 168 – Kempo (P90X)

Today will probably be remembered as one of my toughest days in teaching.  I wear my heart on my sleeve for the munchkins and sometimes they don’t realize the impact they have on me.  I won’t go into details, but let’s just say that I felt emotionally drained by the end of the day.  I carpool home with another teacher once in a while.  Thank God for her today.  She seemed to say the right things I needed to hear in a very professional level.  Our ride home was full of “you can do it”, “it’s ok” and “I understand”.  It feels great having someone in your field understand what goes on in the classroom.  I got home and I dove into my fiance’s arms.  He listened and made me feel even better.  Bonus, he had started making my fave spaghetti and meatballs pasta.  Again, thank God for him too!

Bit by bit I felt my emotional side improving.  Now to get rid of this frustration.  I wanted to punch a punching bag…well…I don’t have one at home…the next best thing was Kempo.  There’s lots of punching in this one hour session.  I kicked and punched my little heart out.  By the end of it I felt so tired.  My mind and body felt at ease.  Thank you Kempo.


Day 167 – Back Again

Day 167 – Cardio Circuit

Wowee!  I decided today was going to be the day I went back to lifting some weights.  I felt much better.  The pain on my neck seems to be gone.  Just before work finished, I dashed into the washroom and changed into my workout gear.  THANK GOODNESS for that!  I managed to make it to my class with enough time to set my stuff up (stepper, weights, etc).  Now, I’m no fool.  I know I have to take it easy after this past injury left me out of commission for a bit.  I picked weights I know I could lift.  No shame in that.  Taking my baby steps back into my regular workout will probably be nice and smooth.  There really isn’t any rush.  Besides, today’s class was mainly cardio.  We had lots of burpees, plyometric squats and lunges and some arm/chest workouts.  I really like the instructor.  She’s hitting the right balance of funny and tough.  I will come back to this class for sure.


Day 166 – First Dance

Day 166 – Break

After a lllllllllllllllong day at work, all I wanted to do was get home, eat and talk to my fiance.  Not any kind of talk thought, we are still on wedding talk mode.  We haven’t decided what song to pick for our first dance together.  I honestly didn’t know how hard this was going to be.  I’ve never been the type of girl to have a song with a boyfriend.  To tell the truth it was usually the guy who picked the song.  I just went along with it.  Now after all this time I UNDERSTAND why people have a “song” together.  So you can use it at the wedding.  Am I right?

We are searching for a song.  Really searching!  We keep on listening to songs but can not decide on any.  I should clarify…we can not decide on one together.  There are some that I like because of the lyrics and there are some that he likes because of the instrumental part.  Ay! Dios mio!!!  Any suggestions???


Bang Fitness Review

Bang Fitness Review

Hooray!  The piece I recently wrote for the website Spotlight Toronto is up for all to read.

Please follow this link to read the review on Bang Fitness:


Days 159 to 165 – MIA

Days 159 to 165 – Yoga, 5K Run, Walk, Socacize and Rest

My apologies for the disappearing act.  Believe it or not, I’m still feeling a bit of a pinch on my neck from my injury.  This week I’m not lifting any weights until I feel better.  The injury is almost gone…almost.  The week started with a beginner yoga session, followed by a glorious 5K run on Tuesday.  I really felt great after that run.  Our weather was amazing again.  I had been itching to go outside all day and when I finally got home I dashed out for a quick run.  My pace was pretty good for an injured person.

On Wednesday, I went back to yoga because I figured I needed the stretching.  Thursday was busy, but not too busy to squeeze in a night walk with mom.  We walked by the lake just before all the daylight was completely gone.  The view was amazing.  Mom refused to go deeper into the forest area for fear of getting lost, so I didn’t push.  We stayed on the regular path and caught up on our “chismes”.

Friday was my fun Socacize class.  My cardio is wayyyy better than the first time I did this class.  I went home feeling happier because of this.  Soca has a way of doing that to me.  It puts me in a way better mood.  Saturday, we spent the whole day doing some wedding planning – mainly listening to music – and now I know…it’s hard to agree on music choices with your partner.  I had NO idea this was going to take this long.  We have barely covered half of our list.  On Sunday, I felt I could do a challenging yoga class.  It was challenging, but guess what?  I was able to hold a crane post for longer than I’ve ever attempted to do.  Yay!

Now off to sleep 🙂