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May Foodie Penpals

by Destini on May 31, 2012

Hey Everyone!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! I am really loving how short my week has been due to my vacation!

I have been getting quite a few emails from some of you lovely folks that are having trouble subscribing to my blog, I am trying to fix this and will update you all when it’s done! <3

This post isn’t a new recipe but something that I look forward to every month since I joined! FOODIE PENPALS!!

The Lean Green Bean

This month my package came from Bonnie @ Sitting on the Moon! And with much restraint I managed to take some photos of the awesome items she sent me. With the weather warming up she sent me some items for BBQ!! My husband was very excited.

I forgot to include a picture but she also included lipgloss! I felt spoiled!! Thank You Bonnie for such a wonderful package! Loved every bit of it. This month I had Sarah @ The Laughing Medusa! If you would like to see what I sent her, she made an awesome little video.

This post is rather short as I have some more work to get done still from my vacation….love vacations, but apparently my work just piles up while I am away 🙁 hehe.

Question: What are your plans this weekend? My old trainer/friend Kim and my friend Brian are competing in the MABBA Provincials Bodybuilding competition! I can’t wait to see them kill it! They have also both requested some special baked goodies! I will be baking all evening tomorrow to get ready for them!!

Have a great night 🙂



Interview with Kim from Kimmy Conduct

by Destini on March 16, 2011

 I have been getting a lot questions about who my trainer is and what she is all about. So instead of me telling people about her over and over again(though I don’t mind as she’s totally awesome), I sat down and asked her some questions that I felt would be helpful to people interested in starting a healthy lifestyle.
What most attracted me to training with Kim was that she has been down my journey too. She hasn’t always been where she is now with her health and knows how it feels to struggle with weight.
So that being said, lets get to the interview!!
1.What is your personal experience with fitness and working out?
I started working out the unconventional way at home for a four months with the help of fitness DVD’s, the WiiFit and my squeaky friend, the Elliptical.  I did lose a bit of weight but wasn’t seeing the results I would of liked in the amount of time I dedicated to it.  I knew it was time to find a gym and get myself to a personal trainer.  I signed up immediately and started sessions with Amy that same week.  We saw one another for 3 sessions a week.  For the 6 months I was with Amy, I had lost a great deal of weight.  Alas, she quit her job and I stopped going to my gym.  I picked up getting healthy and fit when I met my second personal trainer and now boyfriend Sam a month later.  He made me a plan.  I followed it.  I lost even more weight: the lightest I had actually been since my high school days.  This was the point in my life where I knew I wanted to make a big of a difference in someone else’s life like my trainers did.  I wanted to become a personal trainer.  So with that goal in mind, I set out to take the Personal Training Specialist course.  Now, I am loving what I do.
2. What is your training philosophy?
 My training philosophy is “Push it to the limits”.  You really never know how far you can go without stepping over those many boundaries we all know and have.  One of my favourite quotes has got to be “You never know until you try.”  Intensity has ever bit of how well you succeed.  That can be said with everything in life.  Give it your 100% and you’ll go far.
3. What should someone do if they want to become fit and healthy?
 I highly recommend doing a lot of research online.  There are many great reference points out there pertaining to health and fitness.  The second thing I would recommend for someone who wants to get in tip top shape is to see a personal trainer or a dietitian.  These folks are experts in what they do and are able to get you where you want to be in a shorter period of time, compared to someone doing it on their own.
4. What are some misconceptions people have about exercising and getting in shape?
People think that CARDIO is the “be-all-end-all” of working out.  I am going to spell it out right now.  IT ISN’T.  Many think “if I go on the treadmill for 2 hours, I will lose all this fat”.  Not true.  That is actually being counterproductive.  Doing more damage than good.  You need a good balance of both resistance training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training to be optimal.  Even if someone were just doing a weight resistance program, that person would lose more weight than the person just doing cardiovascular. Some food for thought.  

5. You are currently training to compete in the MABBA Novice Competition, tell us about that?

This is going to be my very first fitness competition ever.  I am feeling a mix of emotions leading up to the day.  I remember last year weighing in at approximately 145 lbs and saying to my boyfriend “I want to look like that” or “I want to be up there one day.”  Now, weighing in at 127 lbs, I AM one of those girls.  I WILL be on that stage.  Hard work and dedication lead me to where I am today.  It has been quite a journey.  I hope it doesn’t stop there.  Provincials…HERE I COME.  

6. How have you had to change your normal fitness routine to be ready for this?

My nutrition has never been as strict as it has been in the past leading up to this one day.  No spices.  No Flavouring.  Just my food…plain in it’s simplicity  My workouts go anywhere from 6-7 days a week, sometimes cardiovascular in the morning and evening.  I am really bad for consuming water, so even that has increased tremendously.  Sleep is crucial for body repair and I am actually getting some decent zzz’s this past week
7. What is the first thing you will eat after you compete?
PIZZA.  Thin crust or deep dish or BOTH.
8. If someone has more questions to ask you, how do they contact you?
You can contact me through my email at .  

You can also read about her journey on her blog at KimmyConduct