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#FitFashion Black Friday: Deals and discounts on all my favourite things!

blackfridayYeah yeah, I know… Black Friday = evil first-world consumerism. But that doesn’t mean you can’t support amazing local companies or companies with awesome products who are doing nice things for the world, such as supporting local artisans in Costa Rica or using recycled materials and offsetting their energy consumption with renewable energy credits.

Since I like to vote with my dollar and support amazing companies, and because I want other people to save money at a financially stressful time of the year, I’m going to pass some of the deals and discount codes I received via email subscription this morning and other social channels along to you! Happy shopping 🙂 (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Fit Girl Redefined – quality workout clothes designed to embrace curvy women

Lola Tee by Fit Girl Redefined

Lola Tee by Fit Girl Redefined

A few posts ago I mentioned I struggled to find well-made, stylish athletic apparel for “plus-sized” women to feature on #FItFashion Friday. Although some brands do have sizes up to 14, what’s a girl to do if you don’t fit comfortably into a 14? It’s not fair that there is all this amazing, gorgeous athletic apparel for the extra-small types, but limited options for sizes extra large and up.

That’s why after further digging since finding Lola Getts — a collection of cross-functional active wear for “the woman who celebrates her curves and her busy lifestyle” — I was excited to find another great brand specializing in active wear for sizes 14 and up.

Fit Girl Redefined, a U.S.-based active wear line by Jennifer McClelland, is “all about quality workout clothes that are designed to embrace curvy women.” Not only are the pieces stylish and comfortable, but most are also made locally in the states, which is something I can get behind. I also love what McClelland says about why she founded the brand:

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PSA: Why I’m no longer eating meat (thanks in part to a talking gorilla)

With the gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?

With the gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?

I should have known this day would come.

I tried to deny it, ignore it, fight it, and justify it ever since I was old enough to understand what was being served to me at dinnertime. I just don’t think I can anymore.

(Paleo people, cover your ears.)

I can’t eat meat anymore. I just can’t. Even though, as a fitness professional, I know it’s an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids and will still recommend it’s consumption to my clients (preferably lean cuts that came from locally and ethically raised livestock, mind you). But I can’t eat it.

Although I blame this decision partly on my dislike for red meat, my high cholesterol levels, some bad childhood memories, a love of animals and how terrible animal agriculture is for the environment, there are two other reasons why I’m going vegetarian-bordering-on-vegan (’cause I can’t eat dairy).

And one of them has to do with a talking gorilla. (more…)

How’s your plank? Mine sucks and this is why.

 

Getting ready to plank. Indy is supervising.

Getting ready to plank. Indy is supervising.

The toe bone’s connected to the heel bone. The heel bone’s connected to the foot bone. The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. The knee bone connected to the thigh bone… ♫

While technically the bones connect at the joints, this classic children’s song is a pretty accurate (albeit simplistic) overview of what’s going on under our skin and muscles. And for some reason it always pops into my head when I’m planking.

I usually add verse, though, that goes something like this:

The hamstring muscle group’s connected to the pelvis and fibula/tibia. The iliopsoas connects to the lesser trochanter of the femur. My hamstrings are tight and I sit all day at a desk, and that’s why I can’t plank ♫
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