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Stepping Back

Sometimes we get caught up in our own lives, our own drama. When that happens, everything and everyone else around us seems to be more annoying….and then we fail to see that someone else actually may need help (more help than we need ourselves).

I stepped back a little last night, and instead of getting angry about a situation I realized that this was actually a moment to reach out and help a colleague (this was a sign that they needed guidance and optimism that there would be a turning point for the positive).

When is the last time you were able to do this (I cant get my question mark to work…hence no question mark after my questions right now).

Yes…everything is not always about you…sometimes we all need to step back to realize this. Its easy to get caught up in trivial things, or things we do not necessarily have control over.

Being able to do this type of thing will decrease your stress, and believe it or not, help you stay focused. This in turn helps you achieve all your goals whether health and fitness based, career based, or other.

Have a great day!

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I would like to be able to provide people with information about Health and Fitness Topics.

For me just because of my busy schedule, I think it would work better if people reply to this blog post with things you may want to learn about or want a different opinion about. That way I can manage my time better and not get overwhelmed with trying to make a decision about which topics to write about. Some topics may spark others at which time I will start to think about what comes next.

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Self Awareness = Self Control

How aware are you of whether you are full at a meal or not?

How aware are you of whether you really want that dessert, need that dessert, crave that dessert or just need something to do?

Having been in the fitness industry acting as a role model for other people and having been through my own transformation in the past I have a very good handle on this now.

One of the most interesting things to me was my latest vacation to Cuba for the New Year.

In the past I would go to all inclusive resorts and eat more than one plate of food at every meal and go crazy on dessert….If you think about it, All inclusive is kind of like going to an all you can eat buffet …..except now, its all the alcohol you can drink, all the food you can eat. One can take it to the extreme…haha.

This time around, I think because i was in a much more relaxed state (I only used my phone to text maybe 2 days out of 8, and the rest of the time I took pictures), I slowed everything down.

I literally sauntered everywhere. I sat and didn’t rush my meals. I slowed down how often my fork touched my mouth. I slowed down to talk, I slowed down to say hello to the resident cats. Then when my plate was empty I drank my coffee/juice and waited. Sometimes I got up for a little extra, sometimes I didn’t. It was a choice made solely on if I was really still hungry or if I was satisfied or not. I didn’t just blindly get up to get another plate because its already paid for in my all inclusive.

Only 2 out of 7 nights I ate dessert. All the other days I didn’t really care to have anything. One of the desserts was at the a la carte meal, the other was a night when the desserts looked especially special. Otherwise I was able to look at them, by pass them and move on.

I think the main thing is, here at home, we are always going, sometimes on high speed. If your lifestyle is high speed, it would make it very hard to be self aware and demonstrate self control. Take some time to slow down even if its not a vacation. Take some “me” time and start to tune in and see what you can learn about yourself, and see if that helps you to make some lifestyle changes for the better.

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October came & went!

Well October came and went like a bat out of hell! hahah

My goal every October, and the way I like to celebrate Halloween the most is usually by watching scary movies and Halloween specials on TV. This year it was a little different because I don’t have cable. I have Netflix! So I decided, for the whole month of October I would watch as many horror movies etc. as I could! hahaha….at one point it got a bit ridiculous in that I would try to watch more than one movie an evening when i would get home late from work. That was a mistake and I tanked quickly! So I decided all movie watching had to end by 11 pm no matter what so as to get enough sleep and be able to function properly on a daily basis. So the cut off time for starting a movie was between 9- 9:15 pm. That worked well.

I also bought passes to the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and got to watch 8 more movies!! Some were better than others…I only had to literally walk out of one…it was so bad……!

In total I think I had to have watched well over 30 movies for the entire month! Super fun! Apparently there is another shorter film festival for horror movies this month (November)! I may check all or some of those movies out too!

I am happy October Movie watching is over now though. I have been superbly procrastinating on doing an online course through the CHEK Institute (Paul Chek a major fitness guru world renowned). Time to get on it!

I hope you all had a great October and a Happy Halloween! Time to make November productive!

A Wonderful Reunion

A few weeks ago I went to a reunion lunch that I organized which took I think 3 months to make happen!

The group, some of my very first Belly Dance Students from maybe 7-10 years ago! We all became friends at one point, and then as everyone started getting married and some having kids, life got hectic and we all parted ways. When we saw each other was at our weddings and some baby showers. We all followed each other through Facebook, but one day I decided, I wasn’t seeing enough of different groups of friends. Part of my life now is rekindling friendships from the distant past that were meaningful to me which just got sidetracked with life.

It was a really nice afternoon. We went to spring rolls downtown. Everyone talked about their kids which was really entertaining. I don’t have kids by choice, so i listen and enjoy, and they all listen to my crazy life. haha

My life full of Martial Arts, Dance, Fitness and Partying. I would like to start adding Travelling back into that list!

We all decided that we should try and meet every 6 months now. I suggested every 3 months, and we decided maybe if we try for every 3 months we will actually meet every 6 months.

Sometimes bonds we create with people when we are younger become just as good if not better later in life. I look forward to rekindling these connections further.

I am just sitting at Starbucks on my morning break before heading back to CoreFit Training to train my clients. Its beautiful and sunny and could not ask for anything more. Well….except for a vacation!! hahahakeep calm the reunion is soon

Transitions

I have not written here in a while. So much has been going on! There have been a lot of life changes over the past little while. Some good, some appearing not to be good. But really, sometimes things that don’t seem positive are just disguised that way.

I am super happy to be really busy with personal training again. It took me about 2 years to rebuild my clientele up to where it was before I left working for a large corporation. I am happy because I am now able to help a lot of people, and income is not a worry anymore. I do miss having a lot of spare time, but the good thing about being really busy is that, I stay way more organized. I am actually able to accomplish many more things on a daily and weekly basis as well.

In January I returned to flamenco dancing after what I was told about a 2.5 year break! Man, I am never taking that long a break from flamenco ever again. I have a show coming up in August! Excited, yet scared at the same time as i have not done a stage show/recital in either Flamenco or Belly Dance in years! That is ok…i will rock it man! hahaha

Been through some injuries as well…but I am finally getting my body back to normal which means I can train myself again, I can get back into muay thai hopefully full force again and I can keep dancing!

I now just need to find the moment for my next small, medium and large vacations! I need to get away!

As I sit at my desk typing this, i am listening to the sound of the rain falling outside my window and a bus going by. Just waiting to finish my laundry and then make dinner and meal prep for the next couple days.

I have some exciting things coming up!

  • Reunion Lunch with a group of girlfriends who were my very first serious bellydance students ever
  • Flamenco Juerga (Party) hosted by my flamenco dance teacher Carmen Romero
  • My mom’s 76th birthday

Until then…..

 

Toronto Pro Show Congratulations Shout Out!

What are the odds of four Ontario top finishers and 3 overall champions coming from one 3000 square foot gym in North York? This cannot be a coincidence. Congratulations CoreFit Training, its owner Jason Marcovici and its team of elite trainers!!! #ontario
#overallchampions #topfinishers #bodybuilding #elitetrainers #personaltraining#bodybuildingcoach #teammarcovici #northyorkgyms #yongeandfinch

 

I am very proud of everyone! They were all so dedicated and put some long hard hours of work to prepare for last weekend.

I don’t train bodybuilders myself, but am proud to actually be a part of the elite team of trainers at CoreFit. I train people in different disciplines and at CoreFit we train people from all walks of life. We train people from the teen-aged years up to people in the 80s!! Yes, that’s right…you are never too old to start making healthy improvements in your life. 🙂

I train for general weight-loss, muscle building and strengthening. Within my methods I have also provided rehab, and i teach people how to change their lifestyles so they improve their overall health.

 

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Congratulations to Abbie Lombardo, Cat Dupuis, Taylor Plaja and Robin Strand!!!!

Power Up Yoga Retreat!

I am excited to attend this retreat this coming Saturday! I attended one at the end of March and it was pretty amazing. I loved it so much that this time around when I saw Melissa Major looking for volunteers for the day in exchange for attending I jumped on that opportunity.

In the past, I would pass up so many opportunities because I was scared, insecure etc. Now I don’t care! Any opportunity is a positive life experience work taking!

If you live in Toronto, you should check it out and see if there is still some space!Power Up Poster

 

New York in April

Earlier this month I took a mini vacation down to New York to visit my sister.  Aside from the crappy flight with Delta, my time in New York was fantastic! It was actually the first time my sister and I hung out alone together since being adults. Imagine. She is 37 and I am 42 and we haven’t just hung out together alone since we were probably kids.

I am super happy we did. Its like a new found life long friend. Weeee!

With the weather being just a little bit warmer than it was here in Toronto that weekend, it was absolutely perfect, and really helped me to rest and relax.

We did a lot of walking, a lot of talking, a lot of eating of great food!

We went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Red hook for Drag Queen Karaoke, the High Line, and to a park in Chelsea.

I got a lot of rest except for the last night there.

I love my sister!

Here are some great pics from that weekend.

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