20130915-150222.jpg For all the amazing Cheer Body ladies checking into THE GOODS, here is the recipe from today's class. And here are a ton of other delicious green smoothie concoctions to keep you going. Remember one a day until the next session, that's 2 to 4 cups daily. You will thank me, I see skintight NYE dresses in your future. For those of you looking to shake up your exercise routine, Cheer Body and Brigitte Grenier will take care of you. Tell her THE GOODS sent you.

photo (12) I met up with a work colleague the other day to discuss an upcoming project.  After the biz was all taken care of, we got down to the fun stuff. Total catch up session as the last time I saw her, I was 8 months preggers. We finally arrived on the topic of exercise and she shared what she'd been doing for the last 6 weeks. Hula hooping. Yes, you heard me. Clearly I wanted to know everything. She did one better, she showed me a vid of herself doing a routine. I was gobsmacked. It looked like she'd been doing this forever. Not only was I beyond impressed, it also sparked something inside me. I, too, wanted to 'hoop'. It was so graceful and beautiful, and riveting to watch. So, on her reco, I'm buying a hoop at Family Hoops in T-dot where they are professionally made and weighted properly and I'm going to watch Deanne Love tutorials (the more I watch her, the more I get excited to try) on YouTube AND THEN in a few month I'm going to post my progress. Here we go...

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXxNXAEHk-c] Sooo how are you doing with the squat challenge... I'm on day 16, a rest day thankfully! I just put on my "squat" song and push through it. Physically I feel so much stronger, it makes such a difference combining fitness with a nutrient rich, full diet. My endurance is better, results are faster, my tush is a touch higher and therefore it keeps me interested. I was toying with the idea of introducing an arm or tummy challenge for next month.... come on, do it with me! We'll feel like a million together come the sweaty weather.

squats Who's up for a challenge? You know I like a little challenge, especially when I go into it thinking it'll be easy and my rump could look like that when I'm done. I'm giving the squat challenge a go and to prove it I'm on day 5, I work the squats in before I take off to the kitchen in the morning. Easy-peasy.... I'd love one of our new mom friends to try this out with baby strapped to front. Any takers? I wonder how many hits we'll get with the impossible teeny-tiny behind above circulating our social network? Happy squatting!

Asil It's Asil* day at the goods. This woman and her new rump are an inspiration! She's married to a wonderful, blue-eyed man and together they have a lovely two-year old daughter. I feel blessed to have watched her over the past two years as she overcame many hurdles and took complete control of her body. To see her now, if you haven't seen her in a while, you may not recognize Asil. Not only does she look amazing, but her beautiful confidence shines through like never before. After seeing how Asil reshaped her body I decided to tag along to her gym and I've been going regularly since. I was so focused on what I was putting in my body I didn't give enough attention to how I was using it. It's motivating to see healthy eating put to use in a physical way.  For those of you curious about Asil's routine, she has a green smoothie a day, attends boxing or Pilates classes 3 to 4 times a week and chases her daughter old around when she's not at work teaching. She also tries to do two completely raw days a month as a bonus and to keep her on track. Pretty amazing woman and she gives some damn good life advice to boot. *Names have been changed to avoid excessive embarrassment.