By Alexandra

Saturday night core blast

The rain always puts me in a sleepy mood so I knew I had to get out of the house and into the gym asap once those dark clouds started rolling in.   Here’s my quick and dirty workout that had my butt completely wiped after 30min.   Squat Rack   Squats: 4 sets of 8 Single leg lunges: 4 sets of 8 (each leg) Elevated single leg lunges holding barbell over head – 4 sets of 8 (each leg)   Mat Work   Just you and a 20lb medicine ball!   Set your timer for 10 minutes and alternate exercises every…

My 5 faves of the week

Food, fitness, fashion & music. My absolute faves.   Here are the 5 things I can’t get out of my head this week!   Falabella by Stella McCartney   I am so madly in love with Stella’s Falabella line for summer, it’s a borderline obsession. Her bags are the perfect mix of sassy and sweet with elegant studded accents and just the right amount of fringe. They come in 7 vibrant colors each evoking a different emotion to fit your personality. I couldn’t even pick a favorite if I tried, so I just want all of them. Mama better get to…

Girl Crush

We live in this 140 character world now where our every move and opinion is easily posted and shared. Social media has just become a part of not only how we live, but how we communicate with one another. It’s a generational language.   And as empowering, uplifting and beautiful as this digital world can be – it has an ugly side. As much as it brings us all together in ways we never thought possible and inspires new ways of thinking – it can be cruel and devastatingly harsh.   For every positive thing I see online there are dozens and dozens of hateful,…

Make it easy

It’s not easy to eat well. We can think about it, we can want it and we can plan for it – and then life gets in the way. We don’t get to the grocery store or we would rather go to bed (or watch TV!) than prep for the week ahead of meals. We’ve all been there. I’m the worst offender. Trust me.   I need to make my life in the kitchen easy or else I slip into a rotation of coffee and power bars. Not only does it become a pricey habit when you’re always grabbing things on…

Work it

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t been able to workout as much as I would normally like. Instead of beating myself up over it though – I do what I can and use what’s at my disposal. The sun came out and my balcony was screaming for me to sit out there. I could’ve taken the hour and put my feet up… or moved my body a little bit.   Someone sent me an awesome article last week about how even 20 min of movement – even just walking instead of jumping on the subway – is better…

Slow down baby

I’ve been apologizing to a lot of people I love the last few weeks. I feel like I’m not giving them enough, but at the same time I don’t think I could give anything more to anyone at this point. A few years ago, all my energy went into one person. Even though I was happy in that moment, it’s a little crazy to think that my life was like that once.   I had forgotten what it felt like to be able to put my heart and soul into ME. Once I found that again, every day has had more of…

Learn what’s best for you

“I didn’t change, I just grew up. I learned what’s best for me. If I have to lose people to get where I need to be, then I’m ok with that.”     I came across that quote this morning on Instagram and I’ve been thinking about it all day.   It reminded me of a funny textversation I had recently with a friend about his upcoming birthday. Another year older means more ‘what the F am I doing’ freak out moments. I told him I have those almost every single day. When I really thought about it though, it’s…

#gymnastlife

  Last week over 3 days, young gymnasts from Ontario to Halifax competed at the Eastern Regional Championships at the Markham Pan Am Center. Each one of them vying for a shot to compete at the 2016 National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. Oh how I remember those days…   I was honoured to be asked to attend the final day of competition to speak to the competitors and hand out medals, but I was also a little nervous. It hasn’t been easy for me to reconnect with the sport that has given me so much, but also been a pretty scary anchor pulling…

Get in formation

When I start to not only feel, but act drained – my friends are usually the first ones to tell me I need to start taking better care of myself.   We live in a world now where we are constantly pushed and pulled by everyone and everything.  We are posting and texting and sharing and liking ALL DAY LONG. Even when there’s a second for ‘rest’ we fill it up with a plans, a project or a workout. It can get intense.   Before you even know it you’re waking up every morning utterly exhausted and no amount of coffee can get…

Dropping Tonight: The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Collection by HBC

  Don’t miss us streaming on FACEBOOK LIVE tonight at 7pm to unveil the official Team Canada kit for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. Yours truly will be a part of the pre-show kicking off at 6:30pm with dozens of our Canadian Olympians.     This is an exclusive chance for fans to see what our athletes will be rocking in Rio. Get excited and tune in to the Team Canada page right here on Facebook to give us your opinion.     Hit me up @freshfromalex on twitter and instagram as I live-tweet and post throughout the runway…