Fighting off those winter blues – a mom’s perspective

As winter approaches, the days are growing shorter and the nights longer.  Around this time of year it is extremely common for many of us to develop symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, also known as the “winter blues”, beginning as early as the fall and lasting well into spring and summer.  The symptoms can leave…

2017 PH BOOTCAMP POST SEASON FITNESS CONFERENCE

It’s Monday October 23rd, and I’m finally sitting down to reflect on this past weekend’s event…Parliament Hill Bootcamp’s VERY FIRST Post Season Fitness Conference! It seems a little surreal to be honest.  When I started volunteering my time up on the Hill 2 years ago I was not expecting to be part of something this big. It…

Canada Army Run 2017

After this past weekend I can officially say that I’ve successfully completed my very first half marathon (21.1k)!! I am sure that for many of those who know me they’re thinking “well of course you did Crystal!”  However, road racing is not necessarily the same type of beast as the obstacle course races that I’ve…

One month since OCRWC 2016- bittersweet in my books

Yesterday marked one month since OCRWC (Obstacle Course Race World Championships) 2016 at Blue Mountain, which was an extremely bittersweet experience for me. This was hands down one of the most incredible experiences of my life, to have the honor of running alongside so many talented athletes from around the world, including my amazing Canadian…

My first Spartan Ultra Beast experience

I am so excited to say that last weekend I completed my very first Spartan Ultra Beast OCR (Obstacle Course Race) at Owl’s Head Ski Resort.  For those who aren’t familiar with what exactly this entails, I like to describe it as a full marathon on steroids! Spartan races normally take place on a ski hill,…

Work off those eggs!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend!   I had a great time with my boys and couldn’t get any more pleasure from how convinced my son (5 years in a few days) is that the Easter bunny really does exist!  This year we left the Easter bunny some lettuce on the doorstep to be sure…

“Eat to live, don’t live to eat”

Years ago I heard this quote, “eat to live, don’t live to eat”.  After reading it over a few times, I quickly realized that I fell under the category of “LIVING TO EAT”.   I LOVED food…who didn’t!??  The problem was, I didn’t love the healthy foods that I should be reaching for.  At that point I had never once…

Finally making my way into the blogging world!

Throughout my years as a personal trainer, I’ve had so many experiences that have left me wanting to share my thoughts with the world.  And so…I have finally decided to give the blogging world a go!  When it comes to fitness and health it can be a daily battle, both physically and mentally.  We all have our own personal struggles…