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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beautiful girls.

happy international women’s day (yesterday).

it didn’t happen on purpose, but in a very happy coincidence, i spent my sunday with two sets of my favourite ladies.

yellow door bistro

it all started at yellow door bistro – one of the restaurants in the ultra stylish hotel arts.

yellow door bistro

yellow door was no exception. it is a beautiful space with so many different stunning interior decorating elements. i loved every chair, wall treatment, paint colour, and sheet of wall paper. they even have a large horse statue with a lamp extending from it’s head. it’s quite the sight.

yellow door bistro

we opted for their brunch buffet with both sweet and savoury options like oatmeal parfaits, eggs benedict, bacon, hash browns, mini pancakes, charcuterie and much more.

i’d go back, but would want to order off the menu to see what they can do. plus, all the menus look amazing.

yellow door bistro

i rolled myself out of brunch and into inglewood to meet with with Heather and Jess for an afternoon of shopping in the sunshine.

side note: i am loving calgary’s “winter” weather. it was 14 degrees today and i didn’t wear a jacket.

friendship marshmallows

we ended up buying matching camp brand toques and delicious fiasco marshmallows to sample and share – we couldn’t pick a favourite, all flavours were decadent.

move aside friendship bracelets. friendship toques and friendship marshmallows are now a thing. spread the word!

the afternoon then led to an impromptu photo shoot for Heather’s yoga teacher profile.

heather yoga

..and Jess just being an adorable badass.

jess grafitti

then stops into plant, the uncommons and adorn, which got us hungry again.

without papers pizza

pizza at without papers it was, because pizza! and because it was right next to adorn boutique where we ended the shopping day.

without papers pizza

dessert pizza was a must. cinnamon ricotta, banana and nutella. oh ya, it was exactly how you’d imagine it to be. *drooool*

so much food today, and such fantastic conversation with these ladies.

you’d never know that the three of us just very recently became friends in september thanks to dance class. these ladies are such gems and it feels like i’ve known them all my life.

inglewood friendship

i just love laughing photos so much.

how did you spend your sunday?

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