I have been getting a TON of questions since The Bach ended in regards to health and wellness - mainly my weight loss, fitness and skincare routines - and through reading this messages I learned something new about myself: my life has been lacking routine for way too long. It is not that I haven't cared for my skin or exercised a lot, or worked on a career, but I haven't every really sat still and been consistent in many areas of life. It's funny because I have expressed so much to myself and others that I need more structure, especially lately after the whirlwind that was 2017, yet here I am injecting no real routines into my daily life; just dilly dallying around like some sort of entitled millennial (eye roll). My plan with this post was to share with you guys what I have been up to in terms of working out and taking care of my skin, but I want to give a little bit of back story before that to keep it real! I take care of myself, but I haven't really been consistent with working out or a specific type of exercise ever, nor have I always religiously stuck by a skin care line or daily/nightly routine. I have been all over the place in more than one way in my 27 years, and finding more structure is one of my main goals for 2018. So here is the low down on my work out and skincare game and how I got to where I am with it now!
W O R K I N G O U T
Don't get me wrong, seeking more routine in working out doesn't mean I am never eating a litre of ice cream again or that I will not run away to Mexico on a whim and ingest 31 margaritas, but I want to incorporate daily healthy practises into 2018 and STICK WITH THEM. Building structure starts with adopting new, positive habits. Things don't happen over night and you cannot do it all at once. When people asked me how I lost and kept off weight in the past (about 40 pounds), my answer always surrounds these two words: BABY STEPS. Drastic goals and over-ambitious expectations will only end up bringing you down. I am not saying don't aim high, just aim smart! Settling unrealistic goals is just not fair to your amazing self! The fact that you are taking the initiative to make a change is HUGE and something to be proud of in itself. Start small and work your way up. With your exercise journey it is all about the process. If you have never worked out or been to a gym, do not tell yourself that you will be at the gym 6 days a week for an hour before work. Commit to 2 for 2 weeks, 3 for 3 weeks and so on. Don't cut out sugar, diary, carbs and fried foods (God bless them) if that is what you have been eating each day the last 5 years. Cutting out one or two bad foods while simultaneously cutting down portions is what really helped me. Trust me, I have tried to go cold turkey more times than I can count and end up eating an amount of food that would shock people on TLC's my 600 lb life. NOT good for your metabolism and it is so hard on your body to crash diet.
I love this quote:
"One day you wake up and you just say, enough."
That is what happened to me one summer when I was travelling as a nanny. The mama of the family had previously been a trainer and she taught me some easy exercises I could just do inside. I also started doing just 20 minutes of cardio. I could not run for longer than 16 seconds at the time, so this mostly considered of walking (unless I saw a bird and then I ran more). I had a little bit of an elliptical phase after that trip but it was soon after that I had an itch to learn how to RUN. When I started training, even though I was in slightly better shape I could run for 2 minutes. My best friend Katie was such a good runner and we lived in the same condo building in Toronto so it was so amazing to have a running buddy to push and inspire me. Workout buddies are KEY. It took me a year but 40 minute runs became a daily activity and my body had never felt more ABLE. Running is also so helpful for your mental state. It is a great environment to clear your head, zone everything out and just focus on your steps and speed. I always try to run and stay in good shape but I am guilty of letting weeks or even months go by without working out at some point during the year. It is SO easy to get off track with work, events, vacations, filming reality tv shows (LOL), family dinners, dates, pure laziness, WINTER - the list goes on. Trust me, I get it. The days you are just like FUCK NO I am not doing anything try to throw on a 10 minute core workout on YouTube in your bedroom and bang it out. Trust me, you'll feel better and you might even want to do another after.
Running has always been a part of my fitness routine since then, with some "I AM A YOGI" phases mixed in on the side, but I have recently become more interested in building muscle tone - yet another goal for 2018. I love yoga and pilates so I want to be doing that once or twice a week too. For me changing it up every day or so is KEY because I get bored easily. It was SO hard to workout during the Bachelor and REALLY easy to eat. After the show I just couldn't get motivated to get back into exercise. My preferred method of dealing with stress is eating my feelings, but in the fall I joined LA Fitness with Jessie in Toronto and she taught me about lifting weights and properly working out. Actually, I shouldn't say I joined, she LITERALLY forced me to join so we could get a family plan and it was the best push for me!
What I have learned think what is most effective for my body and tightening up is HIIT work outs with a day of strength or cardio each week. While I am in Laguna I will not be hitting a gym so I am going to incorporate some weights into my HIIT work outs.
Here is an example of a HIIT circuit I like to do in the morning before work 4x a week that Brendan from LA Fitness designed for me. I literally die but that's how you know it's working, right? Throw in a couple of beach runs and that is my Laguna routine. DM me if you have any questions or leave a comment!
It seems like a lot but this work out is just over 30 minutes, and with changing up exercises so quickly it flies by. The HIIT section exercises you perform 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 3 rounds. The strength section exercises you perform 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 3 rounds. I died the first time.
1. Kickout + Leg Lift
2. Double Pulse Squat + Star Jump
2. Squat to Lunge
1. Jump Squats
2. Lateral Jumps
1. Bulgarian Split Lunge
2. Sumo Squats
3. Curtsy Lunge + Side Raise
1. Burpee Squat Hold
2. (3) Squat Pulses + Jump
1 Reverse Lunges
2 Clean and Press
3 Other Side
1. Knee + Kick + Touchdown
2. Plank Jack
Cool Down & Stretch water etc!
S K I N F O R T H E W I N
It really means a lot to receive compliments on social media about the appearance of my skin. I grew up with AWFUL acne and pores galore so to hear words like glowing and asking for my secrets warmed my heart - thank you!
When I was younger I just used Neutrogena products or rolled with whatever my big sis was using because, copycat, but when I had acne and skin issues it just felt like nothing worked. I tried proactive once when I was younger and my already uber chubs face swelled up like a balloon. Not cute. I honestly never really stuck with any particular products and I wasn't all like CLEANSE. TONE. MOISTURIZE - EVERY NIGHT OR ELSE, but I always cleaned the thang one way or another. BTW - that wasn't cool. I should have been more regimented with my skin care routine earlier in life but I recently have jumped on the bandwagon and am hooked on Institut Esthederm (Vitamin C Se rum and Vitamin E Cream) and Kiehl's products (Daily Toner, Cranberry Seed and Tumeric Mask, Ultra Facial Cleanser)
I also used to WORSHIP the sun, with an "I don't burn so I don't need sunscreen" mentality, but now I always wear SPF 50 or at least a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. Wrinkly lips are real so a lip balm with an SPF is a must have for me.
Other than that I think my skin remains relatively level in terms of no break outs these days because for the past few years I stopped wearing makeup 94% of the time. I did not do this for the sake of my skin I think I just got really lazy TBH, but then realized it was so awesome and liberating. The first summer I was in Laguna for a couple months I did not wear mascara and my eyelashes went straight Benjamin Button back to their soft, long, youthful roots, which really inspired me to slow my caking it on roll. Now I try to keep it au natural but when I want to add a litle somethin'-somethin' for evening or an occasion I will do mascara, brush/powder my brows and play with some lipstick. I recently discovered and have been experimenting with lip liner (I know), which I like because it makes your lips look juicier.
Even though I don't know how to do my own make up, I low key L O V E getting my make up done by a pro! There is something so fun about letting someone play around with your face and do things you'd think of or have the skills to do! I am sorry if you were expecting more tips and tricks, but real talk if you asked me to hand you a highlighter it would be neon and from the stationary section.
SO RECAP OF THIS RANT:
1. Structure is important. Set manageable goals and take care of yourself.
2. Workout. I am committing to a consistent workout routine 4-5 days a week consisting of HIIT, Pilates, Running and Yoga. Hold me accountable and I will you! Keep the number of weekly workouts manageable and change up the activity to reduce the risk of boredom.
3. We are aging - I am committing to a consistent skincare routine. Twice a day. I cannot commit to one skincare line because I am a Dora the Explorer when it comes to products, but for now I am rolling with Institut Esthederm and Kielh's. Please send me any and all of your skincare favourites so I can try them out. :)