and then.

  • it’s one of those weeks. my yoga mat has been my best friend and favourite place to be. when i’ve needed to just melt into a puddle and cry it has been there for me….and then i read this love letter from my mat and it all was spot on.
  • sister comes through like every friday with a big dose of positivity….and then i  put on cake batter chapstick, and sang beauty & the beast songs while i smelled like vanilla with rainbow sprinkles cake.

national siblings day

  • speaking of sister, it’s national siblings day. that weirdo is my favourite person on the planet….and then i realize we’re even weirder together so it’s even that much better.
  • i was pretty intrigued to meet a tinder stranger this week, but sadly he ended up unjustifiably cocky and i went to an event dateless… and then i ended up with numerous dates because these are the most lovely people.


  • i signed up for two 5km races in may because i’m all about facing my fears this year…and then wondered why i’d do that because i can’t remember the last time i went for a run.
  • if you’re in calgary do yourself a favourite and go see kurios – the newest cirque production. i went to see it last night and i rank it at the top of the three i’ve seen…and then i googled circus classes.

what’s an “and then” moment you’ve had lately?

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add a year…or 30.

last week i got a sneak peek at the calgary auto show thanks to Ford Canada.

it’s always an overwhelming experience of the latest and greatest for this gal with a 14 year-old car. everything is always so shiny.

Ford Canada Mustangi don’t think the mustang will ever go out of style. it’s just one of those classic cars. i’ve always wanted to drive in one. anyone have one they can take me on a joy ride in? i’m driving!

Ford Canada Hank

i made sure to say hi the Hank, and compliment him on his stylish hat. even Hank knows that cowboy threads will be a crowd pleaser in this town.

speaking of Hank, the Ford Canada display is also always ahead of the curve in vehicular engineering.  i got to speak with an ergonomics engineer about the design process and elements that go into the engineering of a Ford vehicle and had the rare opportunity to test Ford Canada’s “third age suit” first hand.

the suit gives the wearer the sensation that they have aged 30 years, and allows an individual to experience the reduced flexibility, limited joint movement, and coordination impairment that comes with aging. with this suit, along with a pregnancy suit and other, the engineers can properly design vehicles for these populations.

Ford Canada

the suit is made up of a waist cincher, leg weights with suspenders, a 15 lbs. vest, leg and arm braces, and a collar.

all of the elements made it very difficult to keep proper posture. all i wanted to do was hunch forward to my knees in order to stop my back from aching.

Ford F150i was then challenged to get into a Ford F150 while wearing the suit. at 5’5″, it’s rather difficult for me to climb in and out of trucks as it is, but with the addition of the third age suit it became quite a performance. i had a difficult time lifting my legs into the truck because of the the limited range of motion from the leg braces. once one was in i held onto the support handle and pulled myself into the drivers seat, not an easy task thanks to the extra weight strapped to my chest.

with the suit, my body felt between 60-70 years old. my first thought was to go hug my parents because i felt sad thinking their bodies felt this way.

my second thought was to continue on my track of living a healthy and active lifestyle to limit the effects of aging on my body. we all know exercise will keep the musculoskeletal system strong and slow the loss of bone tissue, but putting on the suit and experiencing the feeling really shocks the system.

do you go to the auto show? does aging freak you out?


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make it extreme.

i’m always searching for a great workout. what’s going to make me a sweaty mess and leave me delightfully sore the next day?

so when i received an invitation from beachbody canada to try a 21 day fix extreme live class with creator Autumn Calabrese in calgary two weeks ago i jumped all over it.

i wasn’t in the know about Autumn or 21 day fix extreme, but i did know a bit about beachbody. i remember an ex trying 10-minute trainer – the time-condensed version of p90x – and a friend introduced me to insanity (i only just watched the fit test and was out of breath).

autumn calabrese 21 day fix extreme

but when the website descriptions says:

you want easy? try another workout. 21 day fix extreme is only 3 weeks, but when you show up at my party you’d better be ready to get serious if you want serious results.

i knew i was in for a treat.

autumn calabrese 21 day fix extremeit was just me and 600 of my closest friends.

i didn’t know what i was in for. but with the word extreme in the title, i gathered it was going to be an achey sweatfest. i was right!

Autumn had us doing exercises like surrenders, pushups, jump lunges, hip dips, side planks, skates lunges, leg raises, and more. in just 30 minutes, using only bodyweight, i was a puddle of sweat and burning muscles.

autumn calabrese 21 day fix extreme

she may look teeny, adorable and unassuming, but Autumn is a small package of dynamite. the girl will kick your butt and smile about it. almost two weeks later and i still haven’t fully grown back the missing skin on my knees or rid myself of the rug burn on my forearms (part Autumn, part working out in a carpeted facility).

though i didn’t experience it, 21 day fix extreme (and the regular non-extreme version) also comes with a nutrition guide and colour-coded food containers to take the guesswork out of eating. you’ll know exactly how much of each macronutrient you should be having. there is no wiggle room for treats or cheats in Autumn’s plan, but it is only 21 days. nutrition is such an important part of the equation and mixed with her crazy workouts, i can see how anyone can get results.

have you ever tried a beachbody program? what’s the largest group fitness class you’ve taken?

photos thanks to beachbody canada.

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