Size doesn't always matter

“I’m a size 6. I’m not buying those pants, they are a size 8.” Have you ever said or thought this? Or maybe heard someone else say this, even if the pants fit perfectly? Once we are set in the size we are it can sometimes be tough to change our minds, regardless of how the clothing fits. My mom sent me an image on Facebook earlier this week that had me thinking more about this phenomenon. It showed three different pairs of shorts from the same company and the smallest size to the eye was actually the largest size on the tag. The caption included a reminder that size doesn’t matter.

Size really doesn’t matter. Just like your actual weight, the size of your clothes is not always an indicator of health. If anything, all it does is mess up the emotional and psychological relationship we have with ourselves. When it isn’t the size or the weight on the scale we are expecting we begin to question our bodies. If you look closer this really has nothing to do with you but everything to do with the companies who are creating the clothing in the first place. No clothing line is consistent with the other - sometimes they can’t even stay consistent within their own brand - which means your size is irrelevant.

What’s my rule of thumb when shopping?

Buy what fits me comfortably. Buy what I love right away and know that I will actually wear it outside of the change room. Use the sizing as a reference but then adjust accordingly depending on the fit.

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Clothing can play a lot into one’s confidence. Love your outfit and you will stand a little taller. Feel uncomfortable in your clothes and you will constantly be readjusting all day. Buy the clothes that fit your body now, not the one you used to have or aspire to grow into. The relationship with your own self, physically, mentally, and emotionally, will thank you later for having you feel confident and give off your best self to the world!

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

How are you leaving a positive legacy for younger generations?

Even though I am only turning 25 in September it seems that life has changed dramatically for pre-teens and teenagers since I was in middle and high school. I can’t imagine how it must be with the multiple social media platforms, bullying, cell phones, and the peer pressure that goes with all of it. I am not sure if it is better to be a kid growing up or to be the parent that has to navigate all life’s experiences in such a different way today. Either way, I feel that even as a young adult, I can give back to the younger generations. As adults navigating our way through our own experiences, let’s not forget to inspire and encourage those who look up to us. Today I have compiled a list of ways that you can ensure you are inspiring and motivating positivity into the next generation.

  1. Model positive behaviour. Young people are easily influenced and remember all that you say and do. If you feel insecure or lack confidence in certain areas they will see that and remember. Ensure that you are modelling the positive relationship you want young people to have with their own bodies. Work hard and they will see that and want to work hard as well to earn all that they desire.
  2. Compliment on all of the things. Comments on appearance have their time and place but they shouldn’t be the only thing we praise. Personality, work ethic, intelligence, and compassion are just a small sample size of the other things we can celebrate in someone else. In today’s world of instant gratification and looking at the physical, it is important to remind young people that there are so many other things that define a good person.
  3. Social media versus real life. Interact with young people in person, face to face. As we all adapt with the times and use more technology and social media, we forget about the importance of building real relationships. Remind young people to speak with confidence, listen intently, and to make eye contact to show interest. These small reminders can go a long way when it comes to interviews and career opportunities in the future. Work on hand shaking too! Every time I meet someone new I give them a firm handshake!
  4. Encourage a positive relationship with food and movement. The diet culture is nothing new but as young people become influenced to attain a certain body type found on social media we must focus on developing positive habits. Ditch the diets and develop a relationship with yourself in which you can properly nourish yourself with real, whole foods. Movement should be fun and something you look forward to, not a punishment.
  5. Develop compassion. Life is not all about me, or you, even though we sometimes can lose sight of that. Care for others, understand someone else’s view point or experience. Be a giver. You don’t always have to be on the receiving end of a good deed or act of kindness. What you give out to the world you will get back.
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There are so many things that we as adults regardless of age can share with our younger family members, friends, athletes, whomever! They are at the perfect age to be easily influenced so let’s make it our mission to encourage positive behaviours towards themselves and to others around them. 

What do you do to ensure your children, grandchildren, and younger generations are influenced positively by your words and actions? 

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

Get fit without breaking the bank

Are you a millennial in Toronto, sitting on the balcony of your highly expensive condo, wondering how to experience all of what the fitness world has to offer without breaking the bank? I can promise you that you are not alone. If you live in the heart of downtown Toronto, just like myself, you can be easily influenced to give all the fancy Instagram worthy workouts a try. However, if you need to pay rent because you want to continue sitting out on that balcony, how is this even possible?

Fitness is now becoming a luxury. If it weren’t for perks, like access to studios and gyms I work at, and workout gear from my time at Nike, I too would be scrambling to fit it all within my budget. Although I don’t have all of the answers, listen up because I have created a short list of things to consider when trying to get those workouts in. 

  1. Class packages. Group classes are a minimum of $25 at most studies downtown BUT lots of studios offer intro packages or discounts at special times of the year. Take advantage of that! Before investing in a particular studio try out their introductory offer so you know it is worth it for you. When you see the sales, buy the class packages so you can save a few dollars per class. Every dollar saved adds up when you are trying to get the most bang for your buck.
  2. Purchase staple items. Now I honestly cannot speak from experience because I have SO many clothes from my days working at Nike. However, before my time there I only had a few sports bras and a few of my go-to leggings. Workout gear is expensive so shop smart. Make your purchases based on what you are doing. Probably not a good idea to buy the cute bra at Lululemon for yoga when you are a runner and need more support. Choose staples that make sense for your type of workout and can be mixed and matched for new outfits. A few pieces can go a long way.
  3. Invest in proper footwear. If you are going to spend money on one thing to get you through your workouts it should be footwear. We can look cute in our outfits, but if our shoes don’t provide proper support for our individual needs it can lead to injury or discomfort during a workout. 
  4. Get creative! As much as we want to try all of the studios along Queen, Richmond, Adelaide, and King, not all workouts need to be done in a studio or gym setting. Grab a workout buddy, go for a run, workout in the park, or find a workout app that you can do in the comfort of your own home. This can add variety to your routine and you can save your money for those workouts that require specific equipment and proper instruction.
  5. Take advantage of small businesses. Of course I want you to come try my classes, but there are a lot of other instructors out there like me who want to offer you affordable workout experiences. Seek out the monthly discounted classes, the 2 for 1 deals, and the $10 classes. From my experience, the value you get from a small business owner who is actually running their own class is worth it. You are able to build a stronger relationship with the instructor and in turn will see more results.
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I hope this small list can give some inspiration where it is needed in a city that can seem expensive at times…okay, all the time. Remember that fitness can be made more affordable if we plan our workouts in advance and be smart about our decisions. At Discover You my goal is to make movement accessible so the most I charge is $20 a class! Even if you aren’t able to experience one of my classes, remember that movement is vital to our physical and mental health and should not take a back seat when it comes to our overall well-being.

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

#entrepreneurlife

OMG you’re like an entrepreneur?! If I received a dime for every time someone told me this I would be rich! It seems that these days everyone wants a title and a label to define who they are and what they do. I personally get annoyed with this label as it is being thrown out all too often in a world and city (if you’re in Toronto) where many people work multiple jobs, often partly for themselves to make ends meet. Let’s also take a step back and remember that business owners and entrepreneurs have been around much longer than this millennial, instant-gratification society blossomed.

The reason this term bothers me so much, even though I fall into this category, is that people like to shout from their rooftops about #entrepreneurlife…when in reality if we all have time to rant about it online, why don’t we buckle down and get work done! I get that it is a tough life - I live it every day - but I try to channel more energy into my work than stating the tough stuff about entrepreneurship.

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However, to set the record straight, today I thought I might share with you the tough things I have learned since graduating two years ago and working for myself. 

  1. Life is not like Instagram. I couldn’t tell you how many times people run into me and say how great my business seems to be going from what they see online. What they didn’t see? The class of 2 people I had where I didn’t break even or the hours of planning that went into that one hour class. Instagram is now part of many people’s businesses and although some are authentic and real, we all want it to look good to engage more people in what we do. That means posting some great, well-photographed moments to share with the world. Let’s just not forget all the other pieces that go in to a well-functioning business.
  2. The work never stops. There is always something to be done! Whether it is responding to an email, posting on social media, writing a blog, planning a class, teaching a class, traveling to a personal training client, or engaging more people in my community I can always be working. With that said, it is important to create moments where you give yourself time to socialize, relax, and recovery from the never-ending schedule.
  3. There are literally no days off (unless you take them). Every hour spent working I make money, and every hour I don’t, I don’t. The planning and behind the scenes work doesn’t make me money directly but it helps me to produce the best possible experience for my community. There is no such thing as calling in sick. I do pride myself on taking time for myself like traveling or an afternoon off but I often am quick to get back to work because I want to be the best I can be.
  4. Quitting is not an option. Not everything I have done has been a huge success. However, quitting and giving up has never been an option for me. Instead, I reflect, regroup, and take what I have learned and transfer it into my next project, class, or workshop. It takes time to build up my dream of Discover You becoming a massive community of powerful women so I know each step I take, whether a success or moment of learning, is propelling me forward.
  5. Success doesn’t happen overnight. To build off of the point above, I am focusing on organic interactions, getting to know my community and building lasting relationships with the clients who come to my classes and the brand partnerships who support what I am doing. It takes time. When I asked my dad how many years it took him to feel ‘successful’ he said 15 which means I have a little ways to go!
  6. It is ALWAYS worth it. As big of a risk as it can be to be your own boss and put yourself out there with your work, it has the biggest payoff. When I see people leaving my classes and workshops with more confidence and come back again for another experience then I know that my hard work has directly effected someone else’s life. My goal of leading people on their path of self-discovery is in the back of my head with everything that I do. 

A huge thank you to each and every one of you for reading my posts, attending my classes and workshops, and spreading the positivity with others around you. Without you Discover You would not be in the position we are in, growing every day and changing the world for the better!

Yours in self-discovery, 

Rachel

Lessons from Love YoSelf 2.0

On Wednesday we ran Love YoSelf 2.0 with a group of women eager to learn more about their own relationships with their bodies, connect with others who have had similar experiences, and gain a better understanding of how to respect themselves and the people around them.  A small group setting & intimate space created the opportunity for attendees to be open and honest with one another. Here are a few of the key things we discussed, and my biggest takeaways from the night.

What is your current relationship with your body?

I like to think that as children we are innocent until told otherwise. The same thing goes for our bodies. We tend to not have a positive or negative relationship with our body until we experience a comment or remark from someone else. From there on out you have a relationship with your body - sometimes positive, sometimes negative - that will exist the rest of your life. Most often you can remember what that moment was and it sticks with you forever. Bet that person doesn’t even realize the effect they have had on you!

My current relationship is an interesting one. I am considered ‘fit’ compared to the average person but it doesn’t mean the way I feel about my body is always positive. Throughout the last almost two years my body has changed. The way I look has changed, the way I feel is different every day, and what my body is capable of doing isn’t nearly where I used to be. I am still proud of my progress but don't be fooled into thinking that I don’t have days where I don’t feel my best.

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What affects your body image?

We identified factors that affect body image: movement, nutrition, relationships, friendships, family, professional environment, self care, and most importantly in 2018, social media. Each factor can positively and/or negatively influence how you feel about your body. The biggest takeaway I noticed from brainstorming on Wednesday with the attendees is that although these are separate categories, they all overlap. We eat certain things because of what we see on social media, we exercise more after a family member comments about our weight, we dress a certain way because of how we feel in our workplace - not one thing is independent of the other. 

My biggest takeaways

I always love to take time to reflect post workshop because even as the facilitator I can always come out having learned something new. 

  1. Everyone has a relationship with their body. Regardless of size, shape, experience, age, or fitness level, everyone has a relationship with their own body. Just because someone is smaller than you doesn’t make their insecurity less important. Just because you feel that someone has it worse off than you doesn’t mean your experience doesn’t matter too. The best thing to do is to support someone where they are at rather than belittle their feelings to imply the importance of yours.
  2. We don’t forget the words spoken to us. Every person who attended the workshop could recall a time in their past that someone commented on their body. The biggest takeaway with this is to remember that words can hurt and aren’t forgotten. It can change a person’s life forever.
  3. My body, my business. Their body, their business. To add to the point above, refrain from commenting on other people. You never know what someone else might be going through so it is best to not say anything at all. What you think might be a compliment might in fact make someone feel more insecure.

Body image is something that is a life long experience. Our bodies change throughout our lifespan and our feelings adjust accordingly. I am not naive to think that this one small workshop is going to solve all the world’s problems but I do hope that it brings this discussion to the front of our minds. Our relationship with ourselves is the most important one and the relationship that has to be nurtured always.

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

Happy Dad's Day!

Dad - Happy Birthday and Father’s Day! Thank goodness we get it all in one go right -  combined celebrations and gifts! Of course I can’t let this day go by without documenting it online - guess it is a millennial thing - but instead of reiterating the words I said last year I instead wanted to shift my focus to a few things I have learned from you over the years.

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I think that my aspirations to become my own boss, and dare I say, entrepreneur (stay tuned for a later post on this word!), is because of you. We watched you for years as you worked your ass off for our family. Long hours, stressful days, overseeing employees, nurturing customer relationships, and maintaining your relationships with your kids and wife. The juggling act you did always seemed effortless and you really did care about it all - mom, your kids, your employees, the customers and suppliers you dealt with, the kids you coached. In honour of your hard work and success, I decided that today I wanted to share the things you taught me that I am trying to implement as I build my own brand and business.

  1. Relationships are everything. Nurture the relationships around you. In your personal life take care of those you care most about as they are more important than any career move that can happen. They will always be there in your corner to cheer you on during the good times and pick you up during the tough times. When it comes to business relationships - they are the key to your success. For me, it has been about getting to know my clients on a more personal level, ensuring they feel confident when they leave, following up after a workout or an event, and genuinely caring for each person who crosses my path. I have already seen it, but I now know that those are the people who will be loyal to you and your business.
  2. Keep your eyes on the prize. Although not every job you have may be your favourite, keep looking beyond to the future. Whether it is to simply earn money at the time, gain experience, build your clientele, or grind it out under a horrible manager, everything plays a role. As hard as it is to see at the time, you are meant to be exactly where you are. That hard time builds grit and mental toughness to conquer the next big move, because like anyone who runs their own business knows there will always be obstacles to overcome and problems to solve.
  3. Put in the hours when no one else is willing to. I remember my dad’s friend telling us how when he first started his business he worked ALL the time. He only had a small group of people working for him and it was his responsibility to get it all done. I don’t think it ever stopped but especially in the first years it is imperative to grind it out and work your hardest. I asked my dad earlier this year how long it took him to really feel ‘successful’. His answer? Fifteen years! The work never stops if you want to be successful.
  4. Outsource to those who have skills you lack.  As much as we joke in our family the catch phrase of “”asking Ron” is a real thing. My dad has been a big supporter of honing in on your best skills. Whatever is left over is then passed on to someone you trust but who possesses skills in other areas. For me, it has been enlisting the help of friends who understand marketing and social media better as I am still learning.

Whether you are starting your own business or just want to be the best in your career this advice can be put to good use. Dad, I hope that my business can be even half as successful as yours - let’s check back in in fifteen years?

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

The Atelier Collective Review

This past Thursday I attended The Atelier Collective conference hosted at the Ravine Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Atelier Collective is a conference designed specifically to offer women a day of professional development and inspiration in a beautiful, energizing space. Founded by female entrepreneurs Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne, they recognized a major gap across industries for this type of collaborative event and decided to design their own.  After hearing about it from my friend Brit, I jumped at the opportunity to be exposed to a group of successful women across various industries, network with like-minded women, and spend the day with Brit, a close friend who also is helping me build my own brand. 

 The Atelier Collective: Sound Body, Sound Mind, Sound Business Panel (June 2018)

The Atelier Collective: Sound Body, Sound Mind, Sound Business Panel (June 2018)

The day was jam-packed with panels, networking breaks and amazing snacks. I’m still decompressing from it all and as I do I’ve started my list of key takeaways that I hope you too can benefit from. 

1.    Priority list instead of a to-do list. We all have a never-ending to-do list that can continue to grow and overwhelm us. Rather than continuing to add to that list create a priority list. Things get completed based upon importance rather than where they fall on the list. 

2.    Strategy versus tactics. Identify what it is you want to accomplish and where you want to be and then implement the stepping stones (tactics) to get the ball rolling. It is one thing to identify what it is you want to be doing but it is another to actually take the action to get there.

3.    Collaboration instead of cooperation.  Finding ways to work together and complement one another is better than just coexisting and cooperating. Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to talk things through with other women rather than competing alongside. We can all achieve when we understand where each other stands and work together. 

4.    Have confidence! Be as confident as men are when they look in the mirror. As women, we have a tendency to undervalue ourselves and look first to the negatives within us. Be confident, be proud of your skills, recognize your hard work, take pride in all that you know.

5.    Give before you ask. As you begin to build a brand and business there may be times that you have to ask for help, support, or expertise by others. Remember to always make time to give to others. Relationships and support go both ways and it is important to make time to give.

6.    Understand your strengths, recognize your weaknesses. No one person is good at everything. As much as it is important to understand your strengths, you also need to recognize your weaknesses and recruit help and support as needed to fill in the gaps. At the start, it might be a one-person show but as you can, begin to focus your energy on your strengths and outsource the skills you need more assistance with.

7.    Get closer to your sun. The sun is your end goal. Although we may make small steps forward or lateral movements, always ensure your next move is moving towards your sun. Not all moves are going to be drastic but they should all be positive steps towards your ultimate achievement.

8.    Fail forward. Not everything you do will be a success the first time around. Take your failures and learn from it. Whether the outcome is a success or failure, make sure it helps propel you forward to your next step, goal, or achievement.

9.    Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others, especially when it is so easy to do with social media. Celebrate and elevate others who are successful. Be proud of yourself and acknowledge where you are at presently. Work hard and learn from the success of those you admire. One person’s success doesn’t devalue your own joy, pride, and success.

After being in that space with 300+ powerful, smart, inspiring and like-minded women, I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next one! There is need for more events like this in our community don’t you think? I look forward being a part of future events where we bring women together to celebrate, inspire, and learn from one another in a positive, energetic, inclusive environment. 

“Fear, you can overcome by embracing it and allowing it to motivate you to move forward.”

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

My Detox Diary

Although it may seem like the trendy, millennial thing to do right now, detoxing our bodies of chemicals is important. I am glad that this conversation is becoming more popular. I hear more people switching to natural beauty, face, and cleaning products than ever before! And companies are listening - coming out with toxin-free, natural products for us!

Since I can remember I have always used organic skin care on my face. I found @eminenceorganics and have been using them for years. They not only are good for you but smell good too! But, I have to say that after my face routine, absolutely nothing about my daily routine includes natural products. There is no other reason for this than lack of effort on my end but I figured there is no better time than now to get started.

I decided to take the plunge and start with Kaia Naturals Deodorant Detox. Well, the truth is I purchased the kit in November and didn’t begin using it until April! Because the detox process can be lengthy I simply put it off thinking that the time was never right to try it out. My friend, Danielle, and I bought them together and of course both of us only recently began using the charcoal deodorant.

My thoughts?

I SMELL!!! Haha but seriously as a fitness instructor and someone who frequently lifts their arms up and down in groups of people I was extremely self conscious. I found I sweat more than ever and I had to reapply a LOT. I developed a bit of a rash but I think it was from the skin rubbing and not the actual deodorant itself. This process is lengthy because I have been using antiperspirants my entire life. They use aluminum and other harmful products that can block your sweat glands from allowing the toxins to escape. That is why natural deodorant was my first big change. Now, I just have to give my body the time in needs to adjust.

What else have I tried?

@sajewellness just came out with a new natural cleaning line so I recently picked it up to try. For me, cleaning products are the easiest thing to swap out because it is nothing that I am using on my own body. With natural beauty and skin care things I am always curious as to how it will affect my skin so it isn’t something I am as quick to change up.

My toothpaste is another product I have swapped out. I have a few friends who actually make their own toothpaste! For me that is not appealing at all so I have instead been buying @toms_of_maine at the drug store and it seems to work well. I recently discovered they also have mouth wash so I now use the paste and mouth wash for my dental hygiene needs.

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@kaianaturals recently launched their dry shampoo and I have been giving that a try. I have never used dry shampoo so I don’t have a lot to compare it with but it seems to be working for me! You can not only use it overnight but for pre-workout to help reduce the amount of sweating on the scalp. Dry shampoo is a new world I have entered into now! They also have the best post-workout face wipes ever! They are a must try!

What is next on my list?

Next up I have decided to focus on two areas: makeup and shower products. 

I rarely wear makeup for two reasons. The first being that I don’t know apply it and the second being that I am concerned about my skin and want natural products to avoidd breakouts. I have already taken the next step and am excited that I will be getting a makeup lesson next week! We are heading to @thedetoxmarketcanada first to pick up natural products for my skin and then back to my place to learn how to actually use them :P 

Right now I don’t use any natural shampoos, conditioners, or body washes. Because my hair is curly I am particular about what products I use on my hair. Again, I think simply out of a lack of trying I haven’t really tried to find any shampoos and conditioners.  I am sure it will take a few different brands to find what I am looking for but it needs to happen!

As I have put myself into the natural products world I have definitely learned that these products come with a price. But, I do remind myself that they are better for my body and the environment which means there really shouldn’t be a comparison. I am gradually integrating these types of products into my daily routine as I find them and as my budget allows.

Do you use natural products? What are some of your favourites?

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

My naturopathy experience - saying goodbye to sugar!

When people find out I don’t drink coffee they often wonder how I make it through my day since it most often starts before 6am and ends most evenings after 6pm (or later). SWEETS! I love my sweets! I may not be drinking coffee in the afternoon to keep me going through my day but I crave sugar to get me through my classes and clients when I am feeling a crash. Now, this doesn’t always mean a donut (but sometimes, yes it does!). I love to bake so I often seek out healthier alternatives to traditional baked goods.

A few months ago I began seeing Dr. Hilary Chambers, a naturopathic doctor in Toronto because I knew I needed help. I knew I needed more sleep. I also recognized my body was crashing, my energy levels were up and down, and I knew I couldn’t keep this going forever. Although I am still young, I knew my body needed to be better cared for if I wanted to remain in an industry that requires a lot of someone - physically, mentally, and emotionally - to be successful.

So what was the plan?

  • track my food for two weeks in a food journal
  • have my blood tested for B12, iron, and cortisol
  • create a better sleep schedule where my goal is 8 hours a night and a proper wind-down routine to make that happen

What did we learn?

  • I seek sugar, natural or added, when I am tired and in need of a quick pick-me-up before a class or client
  • my B12 and especially iron levels are low, my cortisol levels are extremely high
  • I feel better and therefore choose less sugary options when I sleep more (who knew sleep could do that :P)

What were my next steps?

  • eat fat, fibre, and protein, with every meal and snack to avoid the up and down crashing of energy
  • aim for 25g of sugar per day maximum (VERY tough for me!) 
  • watch out for natural sugars such as those in bananas and dates, which are often used to sweeten baked goods
  • continue my sleep routine of aiming to sleep by 9:45pm - which honestly doesn’t always happen but I now know my body needs and deserves it
  • supplements and B12 injections for now to help my iron, B12, and cortisol levels get to where they need to be

In a city like Toronto where most people I know work multiple jobs to pay the bills and pursue their passions, we are a community of people often running on empty. When people ask me how I teach or wake up at the hours I do I always know I am running on adrenaline and the excitement of the career path I have chosen. I also recognize I can’t sustain this forever and that burning out is by no means a badge of honour I need to wear.

Through my almost three month journey with Dr. Hilary, I have truly realized the power of putting yourself first. When I sleep well I have more energy which I can therefore give off to my clients! I choose better snack and meal options that will continue to fuel me well for the rest of the day and don’t crave those sugars as much. I feel more accomplished by day’s end and can keep it going through to the next day and week ahead.

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My biggest surprise is the sugar cravings! Some days I can go without really consuming anything extra. I am sticking to adding fat, fibre, and protein into snacks in particular and I can honestly say that I don’t feel the need to look for sugar by the time the afternoon rolls around. 

Although taking supplements and seeking professional help isn’t always timely or accessible for everyone, I hope you are able to reflect on your own routines to see how to better enhance your life. As intimidating as it can be to make big shifts, they will help you out in the long run. For me, I feel the most successful when making small changes over a period of time to avoid overwhelming myself.

Feeling overwhelmed about where to start? Pick an area of your life that might need some adjusting. From there, choose a particular aspect of that area that needs improving and set a small goal or two to start with and see how you do. For example, if I chose nutrition as my area I would acknowledge that I need to pay closer attention to my sugar intake. My small goal for the month might be to add fat, fibre, and protein to my snacks to reduce cravings for sugar. Now, your turn! Happy healthy habit creating!

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel

NEW CLASS ALERT

The Discover You community is growing and I can’t wait to have you all part of the process! For as long as I can remember it has been a goal of mine to run my own group classes downtown Toronto. In April I began with Pilates and moving forward, beginning on June 4th, more classes will be added!

Toronto is a city where fitness is becoming a luxury. Group classes are minimum $25 + tax and the fitness apparel industry, as much as I love myself a cute outfit, is insane! I have said it before and I still feel the same way. Fitness should be a necessity up there with food, water, shelter, and clothes. When we can add consistent movement into our routines it helps our physical and mental health!

My goal with our Discover You class schedule is to offer something for everyone, in a challenging, inclusive, and fun environment. 

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Discover You class schedule as of June 4th 2018:

Mondays: Bootcamp @ 5:45pm - St. Andrew’s Playground, 450 Adelaide Street West

Wednesdays: Dance Cardio @ 5:45pm - Dance Annex, 527 Bloor Street West Second Floor

Thursdays: Pilates @ 5:45pm - 105 Portland Street Second Floor

*Monday bootcamps move indoors to Dance Annex starting July 16th

*no bootcamp classes on Monday August 6th and September 3rd

*no dance cardio on Wednesday June 13th or 20th

*no Pilates on Thursday June 14th or July 26th

Important Information:

  • drop-in rate is $20 per class
  • 5 class packs for $90 ($18/class), and 10 class packs for $150 ($15/class) are available
  • class packs can be used for any class type and expiry 6 months after the purchase date
  • a 6 hour cancellation policy is in effect
  • indoor shoes, mats, and water bottles are required of each client

For the month of June bring a new friend to their first class, and you get yours free!

All classes can be booked by emailing rachel@letsdiscoveryou.com. Interested in a lunch time class? Or a different class type? Let me know! If you don’t feel like any of these options are right for you I also offer personal training for those looking for more one on one support. I am here in all capacities to help you on your path of self-discovery through fitness.

See you next week in class!

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel