The courage to start

This picture sums up my thoughts.

The courage to start is the hardest thing to do. You can think about it, you can talk about it…. but few people BE about it. Taking the first step in your journey is the hardest thing to do because it is a LEAP outside your comfort zone into the unexpected.

One of the hardest things I face as a trainer, is hearing the people I work with put themselves down. “NO! Shut up!” I want to scream at them. You’re here, you’re doing this! Consistency and winning everyday is what will get you there. Putting yourself down does NOTHING. You are brave and courageous and doing better than a hell of a lot of other people still in bed, or sitting on the couch.

Seriously, stop it. It’s up to you to have the positive mindset, I can’t have it for you. I believe in you, but you have to believe in you first.

Take on your challenge. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

20 something hot bride!!

I received the following email from an amazing lady who I have had the pleasure of working with for over a year now. Jenn came to me with a long-term fitness goal based on preparing for her wedding day, and we set forth on a journey full of short term fitness and health goals to get there. One of my favourite memories with her is a few months after we had began training, one of the presents her fiance got her was a kettlebell! She tells me that if she is ever in a bad mood he tells her “Jenn, go work out and then you’ll be back to your positive self.” lol ! This girl kills the double unders, lifts heavy and works HARD. I am extremely proud of her.
Read her story below!

Words cannot express the impact acain training has had on my life! I first met Alli Cain about a year and half ago as a newly engaged bride looking to be more confident for her wedding. I started out with personal training, as I was way to self conscious to even think of a bootcamp setting. Now a year and a half, a wedding and a honeymoon later, you couldn’t pay me to miss a bootcamp!! With Alli’s help I felt confident in my wedding dress and know I will never look back on the photos wishing I had done more. Alli has helped me develop a love for fitness, I truly look forward to attending bootcamp weekly no matter how tired I feel during the day. Bootcamp and training with Alli has been one of the best investments in my life. Not only am I healthier and stronger now, but I am a more confident person. She runs her bootcamps and personal training sessions with amazing positivity and energy. Her passion for fitness and health is almost contagious, and you can really tell how much she loves her job and cares about you. To Alli you never feel like another bootcamp member, she makes the effort to know everyone, to know your individual goals and to work with you to achieve them. Alli has changed my life and I plan to attend bootcamps for as long as she runs them!!

– Jenn

Healthy dessert to SS20S!

Cottage was a blast! I have to share with you this delicious Canada Day themed dessert I brought to share with my friends that is also a healthier treat! It was SUPER easy to put together too. I am efficient, healthy AND keeping the bod tight… makin’ major moves!

First, I picked up a sponge cake from the grocery store. Probs would have made a gluten free sponge cake but time wasn’t on my side, and I don’t want to force my food intolerance on anyone else. The sponge cake was 150cals for 1/5th of the cake. We cut the cake into 8ths.

Second, I bought a carton of strawberries. I chopped these up before getting to the cottage and sprinkled some stevia on them. Pre-chopping makes the strawberries juicier and the sponge cake really soaks it up! Stevia is a 0 calorie plant based sweetener… I use it in place of sugar in almost everything!

Finally, I brought cool whip and also source yogurt to top it with.

So overall, I made my healthy strawberry shortcake with a small peice of sponge cake, a serving of strawberries and topped with a dollop of yogurt… The less healthy version was with a big piece of sponge cake, lots of yogurt, and a large serving of whipped cream…I like food like I like my men…. lots of options 🙂

Voila! Simple to make, everyone enjoyed it and guilt-free for meImage

Found this photo on google…..in the fun-ness of the cotty wkd I forgot to take a pic of my treat! Safe to say this one is prettier than my creation!

Until next time…. stay skinny 20 something!

Be the girl other girls have crushes on.

My main squeeze Jenna Marbles on Girl crushes.
I’m guilty of this. Girls who work hard to keep it tight deserve everyones attention.

Your Stay Skinny 20 Something (SS20S) Workout today is:

3-5 rounds of:

30 sec high knees

30 sec jumping jacks

10 pushups

10 jump squats

Get after it.

Until next time….. stay skinny 20 somethings!