9Dec, 2014

Markham Bootcamp Helps Cristina Lose Over 25 Lbs in Less Than Four Months

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This weeks transformation spotlight is on Cristina.  Here is her incredible story.

My story at GGBC started few years ago when I decided to challenge myself and try something new. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and being a bit skeptical I kept my gym membership. Just a loss of money, I never went back to my regular gym!!!

I had always been active, the problem was not that I did not know what to do; it was that I did not have the discipline and motivation to follow through. This is where CCGB made a difference. The trainers Dan, Rosie & Steph are very friendly, very dedicated and inspiring.

They have their own success stories that keep everybody motivated. The girls are amazing, always supportive and pushing themselves to the next level. Every session is different and meant to get you, as an individual, to your potential.

Going back to my story, after I took a break from exercising during my second pregnancy, I knew that the CGBC is going to be the solution to losing the unwanted baby fat, and I was right.

I lost over 25 pounds in less than 4 months and the best part is that I kept it off since. I strongly believe that signing up for GGBC is one of the best things that I have done for myself.

Cristina Lisita – Markham, ON

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2Dec, 2014

Markham Bootcamp Helps Annabelle Lose 35 Pounds

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Prior to starting my weight-loss journey with GG back in September 2013, I had embarked on my own fitness journey through a dedicated yoga practice and weekly long distance cycling. I dabbled in and out of doing various DVD exercise programs.

I went to my very first trial session, and I met a few of those very same women who’s testimonials were posted on the GG website, at the actual workout session! I knew then that the results were real. But the hard work is also real.

Since I’ve joined the GG team, I’ve personally seen a complete transformation in my relationship with food and fitness..and with it, came the results – I’m now 35lbs lighter than when I first started off….and counting. Still some way to go before hitting that 45lb total weight loss goal….but I know with the support of GG and the girls there, it will only be a matter of time.

I have never been more energetic and happier. It’s a crazy thing, but your fitness level can defy all odds that age brings. I’ve met women that are 10x stronger, and age is almost a non-factor.

What I love about GG, is how real the community is and how inclusive the culture is. I have never felt more in control of my health and overall well-being.

The GG transformation program has shown that it’s never too late. No matter what fitness level you’re at to begin with, and what age you’re at. All it takes, is some dedication. Do it!

Way to go Annabelle, you bring it every class and your hard work is evident.

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25Nov, 2014

Markham Bootcamp Helps Sandeep Lose 30 lbs

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This week’s Transformation Tuesday spotlight is on Sandeep.  Prior to joining Go Girl Bootcamp, she had a membership at the local gym like most people.  She never saw any results because the weight section was too intimidating, so she would just hit up the treadmill for a bit, and went home.

Since joining Go Girl Bootcamp, Sandeep has lost an incredible 30lbs, 4 inches off of her waist, and has gone from a size 12 to an 8.

“Everyday after work I am excited to get into my workout clothes and end my day with a wicked sweat and feeling good. If you are serious and want a lifestyle change then you should definitely GO GIRL!!”

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24Nov, 2014

Your Children Will Become Who You Are; So Be Who You Want Them To Be

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Whether you are a mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa, or guardian, we are tasked with the important responsibility of guiding and nurturing the children of our future, whether we chose it or like it or not.  We always say that you are a reflection of the 5 people that you spend the most time with, and children are no different.  They mirror what they see, and that makes it more crucial that we influence their lives in the most positive way possible.

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There is no question that children today are not getting enough exercise, and are not eating nutritiously.  The childhood obesity epidemic is spreading rapidly, and this generation may be the first where children may not outlive their parents.  So, who is to blame?  Is it little Sally and Nick’s problem that they are fat, and they are fat because they won’t eat their vegetables? No.  It is not.  It is OUR fault. Period.

With all other social factors such as income level, and access to grocery stores aside, our children are obese because it is OUR fault.  Yes, the big food companies are being sneaky with their advertisements, misleading food labels, and toxic ingredients.  Sadly, that is what our society has become and it will take a lot to change that, but do we as parents just put up our white flags and give in?

When babies are born, they aren’t born with preferences for sugary, salty, and or fattening foods.  They eat what they are given.  Sure, they will make a face when something bitter, spicy or sour touches their tongue, but they do not inherently know that they should rage war against mom and dad when broccoli is served on their plate.  They do not inherently know that dinner should be chicken fingers and fries, white pasta with tomato sauce from a jar, or grilled processed cheese sandwiches.

I am Chinese, and like most Chinese households, I ate what was prepared.  Not what was prepared for the children, but simply what was prepared for the entire family.  Sure, I was never forced to eat everything, but if I wanted to eat, my dinner came from a choice of what was prepared for the entire family.

In no way am I saying that obese children do not and will never come from Chinese households.  Heck, I am probably the most useless Chinese person there is.  I can’t read or write, and can only speak if you can understand a few Chinese words mixed in with English.  I am Canadian.  I’ve lived here since I was 6, so you can pretty much say that I am very well Westernized.  With that said, I was shocked to find that there were families where children grew up not eating the same meal as their parents.  This discovery wasn’t made until I started allowing my daughter to spend time over at their friends houses.  (I guess I lived in a pretty tightly sealed bubble)   She also couldn’t understand why the parents were eating steak and vegetables, while her and her friend were given hot dogs.  “All we had were hot dogs.  For dinner mom!  I’m hungry”

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With the ever growing disconnect between how we get our foods from farm to market, and big food industries having such a big influence on what we eat and how we eat, it is so much more important now, that we teach our children how to eat nutritiously.  With that said, teaching is one thing, but living it is another.  We can preach until the cows come home, but if we don’t expose them to eating whole, nutritious meals, they will never form that good habit.

Look, I understand.  Not all children will eat a salad with grilled chicken and if you are interpreting this message as such, you are getting this all wrong.  What I am saying is that if you can take the time to prepare a nutritious meal for yourself, do the same for your children.  It does not take any more effort, and in fact, it takes less.  We teach our children to have good manners, and to have caring and compassionate hearts so that they can grow up to be model citizens of the world, we must now also teach them how to nourish their bodies, and that must first begin with ourselves.

Children are like sponges.  They soak up everything that they are exposed to.  They become who WE are, so it is OUR responsibility to BE who we want THEM to be.  We may never win the battle with the big food companies, but we can start by equipping our children with the knowledge and know-hows to make the best decisions for their own future.

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way” — Whitney Houston 

XO — YL

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18Nov, 2014

Start Where You Are, Not Where You Were

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A few of Go Girls new mommies with their babies.

I was given control of this blog about three weeks ago now, and I haven’t really written much.  One of the reasons is because I just simply don’t have time.  People just assume that when you’re on mat leave, that you have all the time in the world.  I admit, I was one of those people.  I always saw new moms with freshly manicured hands, pushing their strollers in the mall sipping a latte, and thought “wow, I can’t wait to be on mat leave”.  Yea, no.  not quite.  My little 6 month old munchkin is pretty much attached to my hip.  (Her dad calls her a handbag baby).  Time constraints aside, the biggest reason why I haven’t written is because I am an honest writer.  I can only write about what I know, and how I feel, and I wasn’t so sure about sharing my personal story with so many people.  So in saying that, here goes peronsal blog post #1.

I woke up this morning to a sink full of dishes.  Wait, no.  I went to bed with a sink full of dishes.  You know, the dishes and pots that were used to serve the food that belongs to no one, so they are left in the sink for the magical dishwashing fairy to wash them overnight?  Yea, those ones.  I hate leaving dishes in the sink, but last night I just couldn’t do it.  My eye lids were just too heavy with sleep and I just had to let them be.

Back to where I was.  I woke up this morning to a sink full of dishes that had to be washed, a baby that had to be fed, changed, bathed and burped, groceries that had to be purchased, and an Instagram and Facebook account for Go Girl that needed tending to.  I realize that as a representative for Go Girl, I can’t just write about it, I have to BE about it.  I can’t sit here behind my computer and post daily messages to motivate women to “just start”, “not quit”,and “keep going”.  So, with all of those responsibilities that had to be taken care of, just how was I going to make the time to BE about it?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am always my own worst critic.  I think we all are.  My expectations for myself always far exceeds what others expect from me.  When I was pregnant, all I could think about was how I was going to get my body back into shape.  I would do a walk through in my head about leaving a pleasantly sleeping baby at home in the morning while I quickly ran out and did a 6AM class at Go Girl.   Then I would think about what I would do in the gym.  I would think about how my body would be able to do what it used to do before I had the baby, the pounds of weights that I used to lift, the reps that I used to complete, and the intensity level that I used to do them at.  Why couldn’t I achieve those goals?  Celebrities do them all the time right?  They have babies, and BAM, 3 months later, they’re in super sexy shape.  All I needed was to have that want and desire, right?  Wrong!  I’m famous for telling people that if they convince their minds, their bodies will do what the mind tells it to do.  So, why I now saying that this is wrong?

I am saying this is wrong because no matter how much I want it, if that little 6 month old baby is not feeling it, I can want until the cow comes home and it ain’t happenin!  Forget the manicured hands, and the strolls in the mall with a Starbucks latte in hand.  All I want is one hour to bring my body to exhaustion, is that too much to ask?

Realizing that I couldn’t rely on her father to get home in time in the evenings for me to make it to Go Girls, I recently decided to join a gym.  (Don’t get me wrong, Go Girl is my first choice and I rush there every chance that I get.  The energy, and support is something that can not be compared to.)   “Wow, they offer child care, GREAT!  Now you can get your sweat on, no problem”  Yea, not so much.  Again, just because I want to go to the gym, and just because the gym offers child care, does not mean that A) getting out of the house would be easy, and B) little munchkin would open to being with a stranger for over an hour.

Gone are the days where I can be strict with my diet, where I can just quickly grab my gym bag and run to the gym whenever I wanted.  Also gone are the days where I used to go from 1 hour of Bootcamp, straight to another hour of hot yoga.  Now, just to make it out the door, I have to make sure she’s fed, changed, dressed for the winter and her diaper bag packed with all of her toys, binkies, wipes, diapers and Baby Mum Mums.  Then, with her diaper bag and my gym bag in one hand, I have to also carry this 18lbs+ baby in a seemingly heavier carseat in the other hand, and make it the car in the garage while remembering not to forget my headphones, water bottle, phone and car keys.  Now, repeat those steps three more times for when I’m going into the gym, when I’m leaving the gym, and when I’m finally home.

There are a lot of people who tell me to just take it easy, to enjoy my little one, and that my body will get back to shape in no time.  I’m sorry, that is just not me.  If ever I wanted to make excuses about working out, now would be the time, but that just isn’t me.  I just can’t sit here knowing that I want something so bad, but I’m not doing anything about it to achieve it.

A few weeks ago, one of my coaches who is also a new mom, said something that really stuck with me.  She said “start where you are, not where you were”.  I still have a hard time processing and accepting the limitations of what my body is capable of doing sometimes, but I find it easier when I repeat that saying in my head.

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Let’s face it. My circumstances have changed a lot since last year.  I am usually sleep deprived…who am I kidding, I am ALWAYS sleep deprived, so just having the energy to make it out of the house with all of those obstacles is a challenge.  I am also still nursing, so supplements are out of the question (no BCAAs :( ), and my little baby girl is currently my boss.  She dictates if and when things happen, and that’s just the way things are going to be.

Being that Go Girl is a women only gym, I have new found appreciation for all the moms who make time for their health.  I am not trying to go to the gym so that I can just look good.  I am doing it for my health, and I also want to set a good example for those around me.

I have the WILL, and little by little, step by step, munch and I will figure this out!

(Munch just woke up, and duty calls, ta ta for now.)

 

<3 YL

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17Nov, 2014

Markham Bootcamp Helps Amy Lose 28 lbs

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Meet our superstar member Amy Chan.  Like most of our clients, Amy is a mother first.  She had recently just given birth to her  second beautiful baby girl, and life as a mother, and wife just took top priority.

She had tried to lose the weight on her own, but found that he needed some guidance, and a little extra push to help her lose the weight that was gained during her pregnancy.  Amy decided that it was time to re-join Go Girl Bootcamps and get her health and her body back.

I knew I just had to show up and the trainers will help me with the weight loss. Within the last several months, I have dropped 4 dress sizes and 28 lbs during my journey. I still have a long way to go but I feel so much happier and confident in myself. But most importantly, I have inspired my children and husband to have a healthier lifestyle.”

 

Way to go Amy!  Your hard work and dedication in the gym is infectious, and it certainly shows.

 

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