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Week two with our challenger!

“Gratitude and fear can’t stand the sight of each other. Gratitude is the antidote to fear.” – Rob Sharma Monday (Fear: The one thing that scares me the most about group class) Groups of women terrify me. They’re like lion prides and I’m like a lame water buffalo....

Week one of conquering her fears. . .

Week 1 went a little like this… Monday (Fear: Accept supportive from others) 5:10 am: “I’m a freaking beast, let’s do this!” 6:25am: “I think I’m going to faint or barf…don’t let anyone see” 7:40am: can’t stop sweating, makeup has melted off twice – stop reapplying,...

And its a wrap! Megan’s recap

Week 4 Reflection I DID IT! I am beyond proud of myself for sticking with this challenge and accomplishing all my workouts and a month of clean eating! I feel amazing and confident going into the BIG wedding day! I am down both weight and inches and my arms, back and...

Week 3 with Megan!

Another week has come and gone and I am only 23 days away from being a MRS.! It’s been another busy week, but I was able to get some much needed R&R this past Canada Day long weekend and I am ready to take on the final week of my challenge! My fastest 5km run this...

Week one down for our bride to be!

Wow, I can’t believe a week has already come and gone. I am really happy with my progress so far as I managed to fit in all my scheduled workouts and have even seen small improvements in my body. With both my bridal shower and my soon to be mother-in-law in town over...

And her FINISH!!

Day 30! Here I am, day 30. My journey has come to a close. What an awesome experience. I did my closing 10K run today; it was an intense mental push. Jenn had asked me to give her the run date and time so that people could be there to support me, but I had to end this...

Krissta heads into her last week!

Week 4 I had every intention of writing each week but really where does the time go?! So weeks two and three have come and gone and here I am a day into the final week! Yesterday I ran the oak bay 10K and saw a couple Fit Happens gals enjoying the nice weather. What a...

Week 1 for Krissta. . . how our challenger is doing!

Hi everyone, a little recap of how week one went for me. I was really surprised at how easy it was for me to clean up my eating and realized that I eat when I'm bored and had been eating way more food then I really needed to. If I truly listened to my gut to tell me...

Twas the night before our Challenger began. . .

It's been a while since we've had a challenger at Fit Happens. Almost a year. I am dusting off all my forms and outlines, looking over all of you that have completed one, and getting inspired by the next Challenger to be: Krissta. The format has changed so much over...

Checking in with Scott!

A little over two weeks of my challenge and I'm still standing. Two workouts a day 6 days a week has been a significant commitment, but despite the time, sweat and exertion (fortunately no blood & tears) I’m really enjoying myself. In addition to the workouts I...

Conquering a pull up and then some. . .

I completed my challenge a week ago Tuesday June 2. It took me a few days to reflect on the month and then put it into words. Week 4 workouts were intense and I was fatigued but knowing you only have a few days left before completing your challenge sent me into some...

Joyanne’s journey

My challenge started out focused on my physical well being, but it quickly changed focus to my emotional well being. I had the first week of my challenge off work and it was fabulous! I worked out and ate clean. I slept soundly every night and woke up recharged with a...

Crushing invisible walls

Loving the progress ! I know I am getting stronger! First week I could only hang from my pull up bar for 20 seconds, second week I can hang for 30 -35 seconds. There will be a true pull up in my near future! Physically I found my body was getting into the groove .....

Challenge me~!

Challenge me, I will accept! This challenge is exactly what I needed! It worked out that I had last week off, so I was able to focus on me as well as keep up with my mommy schedule. I wasn't tired from work so I was able to give my workouts 100%. Monday I did three,...

Week one recap

Went into week one feeling apprehensive and so excited! Made all classes and completed my nightly homework. I'm having pull up/ chin up dreams! Really ? Stair night was Hard! But Good! A Highlight this week was doing Thursday's homework with my fellow chaĺlenger ....

Final thoughts

As this month of reawakening draws to a close I find myself looking back at it with a huge smile on my face. This month has been amazing! I have reconnected with the athletic and motivated part of me that for so long seemed to be hiding away. Although disappointed I...

On the home stretch

As I wake up this morning I am tired. I feel wonderful but my body is tired. Going 6 days per week with workouts is extremely rewarding because my body feels great and moves easier but it is tired. As my month long journey nears its end I look back and understand that...

The Final Countdown

Well here I am - 26 days down and only 4 to go. 4! It’s kind of hard to believe. I’ve almost made it. It’s been a short and a long month all at the same time. I am tired. So tired. So so so tired. This 6-day a week workout schedule is hard. After school meetings ,...

Resetting for the final stretch

  I am feeling a bit defeated. Well actually a lot defeated. It’s really hard to stay motivated when you don’t see as much weight loss in the weeks to follow as you did in the first. But having gone through a significant weight loss journey in my past, I know...

Checking in with Chris

Hello everyone. Sorry this is late. I will do another couple through this last stretch to make up for it. Alright. So week 2 leading into week 3 was alot tougher than I gave it credit for. When I first signed up for this challenge I was not expecting to be working...

Week one down!

WEEK 1   Well, week one is in the books. What can I say? I can definitely admit that choosing to start a 30-day challenge during the week of Easter was a bit of bad planning on my part. What was I thinking? But upon further reflection, I realized that for me this was...

Kick starting ‘Back to Me’

So the back to me journey was kicked off on April 1 and I knew that with it there was going to be alot of restructuring and prioritizing. It had taken me years to get to my current state of health, both body and mind, and I knew that this journey will be all about...

The stress – weight gain connection

Read up on how stress, lack of sleep and poor diet impacts your weight loss journey: Cortisol and Weight Gain: what’s the connection? By Julie Foreman Weight gain around your middle (think apple versus pear body shape) and internally around your organs (dreaded...

Nancy’s challenge takes a new turn

I am coming into the last two weeks of my challenge and wanted to write an update on my progress.  My challenge has not been what I expected.  Typical to my style, I went full force and was loving the extra intensity of added work-outs and speed work.  However, as...

Off and running

Week one is done and I have felt great and super motivated.  I started off my challenge with an 8 km race as part of the Vancouver Island Race Series.  I wanted to get a baseline time, and really gave it everything I had.  I came in at around 41.30 and feel confident...

Finding stride- checking in at the halfway point

WEEK TWO RECAP I am over half way through my challenge and feeling great! My body is no longer sore, I can laugh without my abs painfully hurting and walk downstairs without looking like a freak. To date, I have lost 3lbs.  I am unsure of how many inches I have lost,...

Week one recap~

WEEK ONE RECAP Done my first week and I am feeling good!  My body is super sore right now from all the workouts, but I am feeling so much better!!  My calf muscles are actually screaming at me! I want to share briefly with you all some highlights of the week. The...

Wednesday’s challenge~

Today's challenge for Karin is a half hour walk/run stopping every 5 minutes to do the following: 50 second plank 50 bicycles 50 left leg drops 50 right leg drops 50 crunches bringing knees in towards elbows 50 pike situps 25 side plank dips each side Repeat as many...

Leave it on the Mountain~

LEAVE IT ON THE MOUNTAIN Wow, what an unanticipated and unbelievable experience for this final stage and completion of my Challenge – the Kusam Klimb in Sayward, BC. I would not change one thing of this entire weekend and I am so thankful that everything happened the...

And she’s off! To climb a mountain!

June 16th Today I took a personal day.  I have a writing website, so I had to take a moment and set aside some “me” time to get my monthly newsletter out.  I also needed a bit of time to finish and send my recent blog post to Jenn.  I was glad I took this time.  It’s...

Home stretch

Well another week of my challenge has gone by. I really don’t know what to write this week – so I’ll just write 😉 I do it best that way. I kind of went into a writer’s block mode after sharing so much of myself last week as I hit my emotional breakthrough that I felt...

And then the going got tough!

To go from the high of the Goddess Run to the low of an emotional breakdown (yes Wholly Fitters and their friends, as well as my own family and friends), that’s where I’ve been; is a jagged ride. Unbeknownst to me, my emotions had been building, bit by bit, and were...

Goddess Weekend and the challenge~

May 30 I am Woman Hear Me Roar! Wholly Fit style that is with Kate Z’s tutus, of course! Kate’s a Wholly Fitter and fellow goddess! It’s Goddess Weekend! Today, I worked the Wholly Fit booth at the Westin Bear Mountain for a few hours with trainer cutie pie (I’m old...

One week in: plugging away and lessons already learnt

May 26th Wholly Fit it’s Day 5!  Well I got up this morning and as I sat soaking in the tub I thought, “Oh crap its Bike to Work Week!” What the heck am I doing to myself signing up to be Challenger when there is all this other stuff going on too – Relay Team for Oak...

Four Days of Challenging Challenges Behind Me

  Four Days of Challenge Behind Me Well Days 2 and 3 (May 23rd and May 25th) of my Challenge are behind me as Day 4 (May 25th) also draws to a close. I ran today at the Oak Bay ½ Marathon with fellow Wholly Fit Relay Teams and had an awesome race and day. Again,...

Day 1- My journey begins

Day 1 – May 22, 2014 Well today has been the first day of my WF Challenge.  I woke up this am a wee bit nervous and apprehensive that I won’t succeed. I felt a little freaked out too by the unknown of what’s about to happen in the next 30 days as well as a pulsation...

Our wounded warrior crosses the finish line!

And then the challenge comes to an end... just like that. It is hard to believe that just 30 days ago I was feeling lethargic and lacked the motivation to get up and get going. Now I just want to keep going… well the mind wants to keep going, the body is like.. “no...

Abhinav’s update!

Day 15: Workouts: Cycle to work, cycle to physio, cycle to bootcamp, bootcamp and then cycle home. Calories Burnt: 1167   This was a tough day, with not so good news from my physio. My knee injuries is due to stiffness on the lateral side of my knee where the...

Checking in with our challenger!

The 30-day challenge is serving as a great motivation to get back into shape after months of recovery from injuries. Week 1: Tuesday: Bike, run (5km), bike, boot camp, bike Wednesday: Bike (25km) + ab exercises Thursday: Day off Friday: Early am boot camp, bike, run...

Final thoughts from Mikey on his challenge. . .

My Challenge and what it meant to me These last 4 weeks have been quite a journey that I will never forget. In the last 30 days I have experienced a entirety that has challenged my mind as well as my body. It seemed like flash when I consider it now but in the moment...

Challenge #25: Cardio Tabata~!

Warm up of your choice then: Low jacks (hands behind head- jumping jacks from a low squat) Mountain climbers Get out of beds Burpees Boxing with heavy bag or shadow boxing with hand weights High knees Jump squats Speed jumping jacks Speed skaters (lateral hops)...

Challenge #24: Spin, spin, spin

Today's challenge for mike is on a bike: Warm up then. . . 2 minutes of moderate tension hurdles/ 1 minute of heavy tension hurdles/30 seconds of no tension hurdles- repeat 3 times 30 second moderate tension sprint/30 second recovery- do this 3 times 30 seconds no...

Challenge #18: TABATA

Weighted pushup burpees (dumbbells in hands or medicine ball) Tricep extensions (overhead with dumbbells) Skipping (double unders if possible) Chest press Bicycles Flys Overhead ball slams Jumping jacks holding weight overhead Get out of beds holding weight overhead...

Challenge #15: Beach workout

Warm up of your choice then: 1 minute bear crawls forward 1 minute backward bear crawls 1 minute heavy log carry overhead 1 minute throw log up the beach 1 minute log bicep curl 1 minute hurdles forward and back over high log 1 minute lunges dragging back leg forward...

Challenge #10: Sock it

Its a snowy day. A morning where you get up and just want to be cozy. Keeping the workout in theme with the day, Mike's 10th challenge is in socks. This can be done on linoleum, hardwood, or any other slippery surface in a pair or wooly socks;) Start with 100 squats...

Challenge #6: Baaaack!

Warm up of your choice then: 5 pull ups (assisted if need be) 25 fast burpees 6 maximum weight dumbbell or barbell rows/ 10 moderate weight rows/ 15 low weight rows 25 fast burpees 6 maximum weight reverse flies/ 10 moderate weight reverse flies/ 15 low weight reverse...

Challenge #5: tabata

Time for some tabata. Tabata is a great, efficient way of getting a quick, hard workout in. Set your timer for 8, 20 second intervals with 10 second rest periods in between. Go as hard as you can in the active phase. Enjoy! 4 minute tabatas of the following Skipping...

Challenge #4: CHEST

Mikey's homework for Tuesday if you want to join in: 20 full body to the ground and up pushups (add a clap if you're inspired;) 20 narrow arm push ups (trio's) 20 wide leg wide arm push ups 20 staggered hand push ups 20 regular push ups Repeat the above 2 times...

Challenge#3: More core!

Tomorrow's challenge for mike is all abs. Here is the workout if you want to join in: 100 hanging (off chin up bar) knees to chest 100 leg drops 100 full sit ups 100 bicycles 100 rotating side planks (from right arm side plank over to left arm side plank) 100 second...

Dear Scale, We’re Through!

Those of you that know me, know that I am fundamentally opposed to weigh ins. I do them for challenges. That's it. A bit odd, considering I make my livelihood by making people stronger, faster, leaner etc. Yet my feeling is that weigh ins are not the best measure of...

Clean Eating Christmas Recipes

Roasted Red and Green Crostini From EatingWell:  January/February 2008 The entire beet plant—roots, stems and greens—can be used in this stunning appetizer. The beets are roasted then pureed with goat cheese for a creamy ruby-red spread. The greens and stems are...

Stiff and Sore? Here are my tips:

Stiff? Sore? Tired? Ready for the weekend? By Thursday night you guys should be feeling the effects of a week of workouts. Stiffness, soreness, fatigue. . . its all common. So, how to you gear up for tonight's workout? Here are some of my tips on battling tight...

What my challenge meant to me

Final Recap- What didn't I learn?? To say these past four weeks were life changing would be an understatement. In 30 days, I experienced both emotional, and physical changes that were completely unexpected. I don't know what I was thinking would happen. I guess, just...

Challenge #25- Find outside inspiration

Sometimes being away, with no equipment, workouts can get too routine, with the same combos of aerobic and strength conditioning. That's when a little outside inspiration is great. Challenge #25- Surf you tube and find 3 - 20 minute workouts (one from the 80's, one...

Challenge Week 3- Oh, hello skinny jeans

  Life was pretty crazy this week, but the fun of my challenge continued. My additional workouts included a pyjama and wedding dress workout, so how could I not be having fun! Last Saturday I hosted early Christmas for some of my family and friends. Jenn thought...

Challenge #22- Arms and Abs

Challenge #22: Arms and Abs Set timer for one minute 1 minute of regular pushups 1 minute plank Repeat 3 times 1 minute shoulder press (bands, kettle bell, weights, log) 1 minute leg drops Repeat 3 times 1 minute tricep pushups 1 minute legs at 90 degrees and...

Challenge #16 – Lose the Routine

And by lose the routine, I mean lose the workout routine of getting into gym gear, putting the hair in a pony and slipping into your bootcamp slippers. Wake up, do a quick 5 minute warm up of your choice (can go up and down the stairs, squat, jog in place etc.) then...

Challenge #14: Peer Challenge

Travelling and coming up with innovative workouts daily requires creativity. Sometimes its good to recruit the ideas of your fitness peers. What is their idea of a tough session? Pick 10 workout buddies and ask them for a 10 minute killer, no holds bar workout. Piece...

My challenge is a challenge!

Well the end of the first week is upon us, and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't challenging. I guess we will wind back to early last week. As many of you saw, last Sunday's Finlayson challenge was a blast. Despite a slight hangover, and a raspy voice, the mission was...

The Breakup

Today was a big day, As a self-proclaimed "gym rat" the idea of living a life without a gym membership is scary. Over the past 8 years, I could probably count on my hand how many gym workouts I've missed. It's always been my time to regroup, to rock some podcasts and...

Last thoughts on my amazing 30 days!

Conquer your fears, chase your demons and remember there is NO wall! 30 days ago I began a long and challenging journey that caused me to come face to face with my fears and my demons. I feared that I may not be physically able to achieve my goals and I feared that I...

Nearing the end… Fear vs. Strength and Perseverance

  On Sunday I felt powerful, determined and ready. Last night and today I felt run down, sluggish and as a result fearful for the end of my challenge. “My body is strong and I am ready”, I will be repeating these words over and over again in my head and while I...

“I’m GREAT, thank you!”

Surprising myself…. Day 24 and I’m smiling – can you believe it? I don’t think I ever would have looking back on the first week of my challenge. BUT, I’m feeling great, I’m feeling strong and I’m smiling. Today while I was at work, half asleep because I did not sleep...

Getting myself out of my way

Wrapping up week #2 and start of week#3 I may have momentarily lost my focus and my drive last weekend, both mentally and physically, but I am back on track now. With some helpful and honest advice from Sarah, looking back at her challenge, I pulled myself back...

The breaking point

Not even two weeks in and I almost gave up last night. I almost gave up on myself and my 30 day challenge. Last night was the toughest night that I have had since beginning my challenge… Just as being the third wheel can be difficult, being the only one camping who is...

One week down and. . . I’m shrinking!

ONE WEEK DOWN, 3 MORE TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!! I am at the end of my first week and feeling great (mostly). My calf finally loosened up on Sunday night (after foam rolling, heating, stretching and begging my boyfriend to dig his thumbs in and work them out). As a result I no...

3 days down on my quest for a faster me!

  WOW… 2 days down, 28 to go… WOW. The last two days of workouts at Hyacinth Park have been great but 28 is a somewhat daunting number. My body is sore already but I know it is because I have been working hard, harder than I have in quite some time. Having sore...

Night Before the Start of My 30 Days

  Glass of red wine, bowl of icecream and half of a Nanaimo bar… yep it’s my goodbye to goodies, my last minute hurrah.   The HIT workout tonight was a great way to get back into things before I begin my 30 day adventure with Wholly Fit. After class I had...

Back to School Promo!

Looking forward to a new school year? Wholly Fit is gearing up to get you in shape with BEACH BOOTCAMP. Located at Gyro Park, only $5 drop in for all students. Come out and get Wholly fit! Share this promo with your friends on Facebook and you will be entered to win a...

Bridal countdown-Complete!

  My challenge is now complete. I really had fun with it but am relieved that it is over now as well. I have a lot to do this last week before the wedding and am glad I don’t have the challenges on top of my regular workouts! This morning was the day to find out...

Challenge #29: The Scottish Mile. . .

Two times around the field at warm up pace then five times around as fast as possible as a group. This one will be completed the from 5:50pm tonight until 6:10pm. Come out and push Sarah, and yourselves at the same time. This is the last challenge! Get out for it!

Week #4 Weekly Re-Cap

  Week 4 down! This week I have been focusing with extra intensity on my challenges. I am feeling the wedding pressure and stress and this has been keeping me sane and forcing me to breath. My final measurements are just around the corner and that has me nervous....

Challenge #21: Line Drills

20 minutes of line drills broken down into two minutes of each of the following exercises done between two cones setup 20-30feet apart 1) Side skips between cones (big arms and skip high) 2) Low shuffles between cones 3) Hight knees between cones 4) Jog forward to...

Challenge #19: Jump Squats

I love jump squats. For those that can do impact, they are great for building explosive power and speed. They are also one of the best exercises for building your plyometric capacities. Start with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart and your toes pointed...

Challenge #18- Biceps

Bicep pyramid using bands 1) 20 basic bicep curls 2) 20 side arm bicep curls 3) 20 hammer curls 4) 20 curls from 90 degrees up to your shoulders 5) 20 bicep pulses at 90 degrees  

Two weeks down and two to go!

Week #2 Weekly Re-Cap Week 2 of my challenge, I can’t believe I am almost half-way there. It is going good and I am still feeling stronger than ever. So far the weekends have presented the biggest challenges. I am attempting to remain my biggest cheerleader and...

Challenge #16: A few lunges

100 walking lunges 100 jumping alternating lunges (Mary-Catherine's)  **If you are following the challenge but are not doing impact, make these speed lunges 100 reverse lunges 100 deep lunges (lunge forward and touch back knee down to the ground then push back up to...

Limits we set for ourselves and how to push through them

Your limits. Part of challenging yourself is pushing yourself beyond where you think you can go. Many of us create 'plateau's' for ourselves that would not exist if we didn't create them in our heads. "That class is too hard for me." "I am too old to do that." "I am...

Challenge #13: A mindful day of rest

All challenges are exhausting. All challenges for you to perform at your max 6 days a week. This makes your rest day critical. A rest day is a day for your body to reccuperate from the week of workouts. It also allows you time to mentally recharge. Today is a total...

Challenge #12: 5km of intervals

You all know what a fan of HIIT I am. Here's 5km of it! If you do not have a means of measuring distance, complete the following intervals for 6 minutes each. 1) Warm up with a 1km jog 2) For the next 1km do 10 jump squats followed by a minute of running. 3) Next 1km...

Challenge #11: Get on your bike!

Hi all, thought I would switch it up for this one! Here's your cycling challenge: 3 minute warm up then. . . Mid tension 30 second sprint with one minute recovery- repeat 5 times Heavy tension as fast as you can for one minute with one minute recovery- repeat 5 times...

Challenge #9: Wall Sit for 10 minutes

This is a static exercise and can equally as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Find a wall, sit down so your legs are at a 90 degree angle and space your feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Build your quad and hamstring strength with this ten...

Challenge #9- Push ups. . . lots of them. . .

Here's the workout: 1) 50 regular pushups 2) 50 tricep push ups 3) 50 staggered hand push ups (hands shoulder width apart with one hand 6 inches in front of the other) 4) 50 speed push ups off a wall 5) 50 full range of motion push ups (drop your chest and core to the...

Recap of my first week of challenges

Week #1-Weekly Re-cap It’s been a week into my challenges. 7 days down.  I am already feeling stronger. I am not sure if this is mental, but I will take it. It’s been hard not to step on the scale to take a peek if anything has moved. I will stay strong and wait until...

Challenge #8: 50 Pull Ups

  Every bride wants a beautiful back and shoulders for her wedding day. Pull ups are a great exercise for this! Want to join Sarah? Find a low bar (bike racks are often ok), a swing, a TRX some monkey bars, and do 50 pull ups. Don't have the strength to do them?...

Challenge #6: Hill Sprints

Hill sprints are a great full body wirk out. As dreaded as they are, they condition your heart, lungs, and lead to muscular endurance gains. The slope of a hill targets the glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves and core. A hill also limits your risk of injury as with an...

Challenge #5: revisiting the ‘why’

Every challenge begins with a why. I thought for Sarah's rest day she could revisit her's, and rewrite out her motivation for making things happen this month.This is the most essential exercise in goal planning. Knowing your why is knowing how to help yourself...

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