Gym time… and a bit more background to this project!

Today I had a complimentary session with Russell Shaw, a trainer at the Goodlife Fitness Gym in Barrhaven. He was so informative, nice and personable and he developed a program specific to my needs – – ie, getting ready for my next Camino starting in April.

You’ll notice the duration of this project is important – it runs from Nov 19th to April 5th which is a week before my planned departure for France, where I will meet with team Nestor and start again the Camino journey.

I asked Russell to focus on my goals –
– become stronger cardio and muscle wise
– develop a stronger back (which did cause me some discomfort last Camino, mostly when walking downhill due to the weight of my backpack)
– develop stronger legs and core

The weight loss is secondary to the getting fitter.. it’s a byproduct, NOT the main focus. I think we often get too focus on the weight, and not take into consideration how stronger we become, how better our clothes feel, how longer we can walk, jog etc.

Russell (who played professional soccer, coached athletes and now is a personal trainer at the club) developed a program based on my needs. My main focus for the first four weeks will be foundation exercises – squats (at which I excel thanks to my kettlebell coach Mary Burney!) lunges, pull and push machine exercises, plank (one of my favorites) and an exercise for strengthening my back. As well, cardio will be part of the overall program.

Along with my Dr Oz show’s tips, ideas and calls to action, this will provide me with a sound approach to bettering my health and wellness!

Week 1 – Day 4

Tip: Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are a perfect remedy for when you’re feeling anxious throughout the day. They’re rich in omega-3s, which can help reduce anxiety by keeping stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check. Macadamia nuts make a great snack when you need a lift at work or when you have kids in the car. They’re so big and filling, you only need to eat 8 nuts a day!

When we first visited Hawaii back in 2000, this was my first time to truly taste macadamia nuts and I was sold on them. I don’t think there is any nut as soft and flavourful out there. Of course, the ones we got in Hawaii typically were covered in chocolate although a few times we did go for the natural ones.

I stayed away from them thinking that they were too high in fats – and wouldn’t you know, they have the good fat your body needs. And since it only takes 8 for its benefit to affect the body, you can be sure this will be on my snack list from now on. I buy a lot of my spices and specialty couscous and nuts at Bulk Barn, so I save on the otherwise higher cost of grocery suppliers. This will be an easy change to adopt !!