Cirque du SoreLegs

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was fairly laid back, but oh so fun.

On Saturday, I had an awesome lower body workout. Three rounds of: back squats, deadlifts, hamstring curls on a stability ball, alternating lunges, and plié squats. It took about 25min to complete, but there was minimal rest so I felt like I worked really hard. And my sore legs yesterday and today reminded me that yes, it was an effective workout. I’ve been cringing everytime I walk down the stairs! That evening Dave and I went out for supper at The Keg, had dessert at Il Mercato, and then had tickets to see Cirque du Soleil: Dralion. It was amazing. The tricks performed by the athletes were awesome, and every movement was spot-on with the music. It was different than I expected it to be, but still very very cool. Someday when I go to Las Vegas I’m going to see their show O, it looks incredible!

Yesterday was spent on the back desk since it was a gorgeous day here. We bought a new little patio set, so I set it up and we sat outside and drank summer beer (mmmm Bud Light Lime), played cards, and chatted. Supper was bbqed hamburgers, and since it was still sunny out we ate them outside. It was such a perfect spring day.

Today on the agenda is a pretty low-key day off, and then I have a spin class at suppertime. Enjoy your day :)

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

This is Country Music

It’s Friday! And it’s actually MY Friday, that only happens once a month. The countdown is on for the weekend! Dave and I are going to see Cirque du Soleil tomorrow night, and out for supper/dessert before the show. I’ve always wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show, and Dave won tickets so this worked out perfectly. No big plans yet for Sunday but I think a low-key day will be perfect, especially if it’s a rainy day. Movies and rain just go hand in hand, don’t you think?

I want to share a country music playlist with you today. I’m a HUGE country fan. Always have been, and always will be. Mind you, I did go through a pop phase in middle school, but I’ve always been a country girl at heart. This mix is some old stuff from when I was young, and has some really new stuff too. Didn’t think you could workout with country on? Think again :)

Rockin’ Country

  • Chataahoochee – Alan Jackson
  • Lot Of Leavin’Left To Do – Dierks Bentley
  • My Next Broken Heart – Brooks and Dunn
  • Old Alabama– Brad Paisley
  • Good Girl – Carrie Underwood
  • Crazy Eddie’s Last Hurrah – Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • Love You – Jack Ingram
  • She’s Country – Jason Aldean
  • Country Girl – Doc Walker
  • I Love This Road – Emerson Drive
  • You Gonna Fly – Keith Urban
  • Baggage Claim – Miranda Lambert
  • Sweet Thing – Keith Urban
  • Summertime – Kenny Chesney
  • Guys Like Me – Eric Church

I always joke around with my mom and Dave that I’m not a big fan of Carrie Underwood songs, but really the girl can sing. She also isn’t afraid to say that she actually works out (and hard!). It drives me nuts when celebrities say they don’t workout at all: workouts should be something that we’re proud of, not ashamed of! So tomorrow morning when I’m squatting and lunging my way to lean looking legs, here’s what I’m aiming for:

cute outfit too, perfect for a country concert!

source         Are you a country fan? What’s your all-time favourite country song?

Mark your calendars

Hope you’re having a great week so far! I have a very fun weekend coming up, so that always makes the work week feel a little longer.

I’ve decided that I’m going to have just two posts per week, and I’m going with one on Tuesdays and one on Fridays. Working shiftwork means strange patterns of days off (and sporadic blog posts) so I think just sticking to 2 days a week will make my blog more consistent.

 

I had a great spin workout yesterday before work and I’ve got one coming up tomorrow morning as well. My gym added a new class time late morning so that gets two thumbs up from me!

What got two thumbs up from you so far this week?

How To : Paint Wooden Furniture

Well after a week’s worth of sanding, priming, and painting my project is finally over! My desk went from this…

to this:

I got this desk from my great-aunt when I moved into my house and it sat in my sunroom for the past couple years. I finally decided to spruce it up this past week and it looks so much better!

So, what do you need to revamp your piece of furniture?

- sandpaper (I used 180 grit) and a sanding block

- tack cloth

- drop sheet

- paint can opener

- hammer

- stir stick

- primer (I used Dulux X-Pert Gripper)

- paint (I used Sico Furniture & Cabinets)

- foam roller and tray

- paintbrush

Step 1. Move your piece of furniture outside or somewhere that dust is ok. Take your 180grit sandpaper and go to town. You don’t need to sand it down the the bare wood, just scruff it up and dull the finish. It should look like this when you’re done sanding.

Step 2. Take your tack cloth and wipe down the furniture to remove all the dust and dirt. The tack cloth has stickiness to it, so you may want to wear rubber gloves to keep the waxy stuff off your hands.

Step 3. Lay your furniture on a drop-sheet and roll on a thin coat of primer. This doesn’t have to look perfectly even, just as long as the surface is covered. If your piece was previously a dark colour and you’re painting it a light colour you should add a second coat of primer. Once you’ve finished painting on the primer make sure you take a look and clean up and runs/drips. Let your primer dry according to the directions on the can. If it’s a warm day outside (and not too muggy) it should be dry within a couple hours.Step 4. Now you’re finally ready for the first coat of paint! Brush and roll on your paint, being careful not to have any runs/drips. Roll nice and slow along the top, and be careful not to have any streaks on the top. Let dry completely in between coats. The amount of coats will depend on how thick you’re painting them on, and how dark/light your piece was and is going to be. Mine took 4 coats of paint, but I wanted to make sure it looked nice and even and I only used 1 coat of primer. Another quick note on paint, I used a water based Melamine paint for cupboards, but any latex semi-gloss would work too. A lot of people also used oil-based, however this is a pain to clean up if you’re not a neat painter (like me!). You also need chemicals to clean your paintbrush. I’ve only ever used water/latex based paint for my pieces of furniture and they all have stood up well to wear and tear just fine so I wouldn’t bother with oil-based.

after 1 coat of paint

after 2 coats of paint

Step 5. If you want your piece to have a glossy finish you could paint on a water based polycrylic like this one.

And that’s it! Don’t be afraid to attempt this project indoors, I’ve painted pieces in my old apartment and as long as windows were opened the paint smell went away.

the finished project

Transform some furniture soon and let me know how it turns out!

Glorious Friday

Happy Friday! I hope it’s as sunny and warm where you are as it is here :) I love sunny mornings, they just make the day so perfect the second I step out of bed.

Today is FLOW, so head on over to In Sweetness and In Health to learn more!

What I have for you today is a TRX Full-Body circut. I’m a huge fan of TRX classes, but I don’t like having to constantly adjust the straps, so this circut is broken into mid and long setting sections so the adjustments are minimal.

Warm up for 10min. Perform each move for 45sec, and then go right into the next move, or rest 15sec in between if you’d rather. Complete the entire circut and then repeat for a total of 3x!

TRX FULL BODY CIRCUT

Mid setting

  • Curtsy lunge
  • Muscle-Ups
  • Pistol Squat
  • Chest Press
  • High Row
  • Tricep Extension
  • Standing Roll Out (may need to shorten straps somewhere between a short and mid setting)

Long Setting

  • Reverse Suspended Lunge
  • Hamstring Curl
  • Plank w/ see saw motion
  • Atomic Crunch

** If you’re new to TRX, get approval from a doctor before attempting. Also, have a certified TRX trainer show you each movement so that you’re completing them properly. Good form is key!

I hope it's good!

Tonight my Mom and I are having a Mom & Beans night! I’m making us some homemade pizza for supper and then we’re going to see this movie. I even bought our tickets last night, couldn’t risk it selling out haha. I know there’s a limit to how “chick-flicky” a movie can be for getting Dave to come with me, and I think this one exceeds his limit. Perfect for Mom and me though!

Before my movie night I have to get the final coat of paint on my desk, work-out, and soak up a little of this glorious sunshine, so I better get to it. Enjoy your Friday!

Tell me, what’s your favourite TRX exercise? And are you going to see The Lucky One?

Covered in Paint

I was crossing my fingers for a few sunny days in a row in my last post, and my wish came true! Today was sunny and warm, and it’s going to be more of the same the next couple days. So the past couple days have been filled with me working on painting my desk (which will be a “how-to” post when it’s completed). Although I grew up with a paintbrush in my hand (not literally, but I’ve painted lots of rooms/furniture) I am the messiest painter ever. It’s all over my hands, up my arms, and even on my elbows. Ridiculous!

It’s been a pretty low-key week on the fitness front too. I went for a nice walk in the park on Tuesday, and I taught Spin yesterday at lunch. I’ve been battling a cold so I’m not working out too hard. Today my workout is an Upper Body/Core class, and then I’m teaching Bootcamp. Tomorrow I’ll attend Bootcamp and I’m hoping to get into Spin class on Saturday.

I treated myself last week and ordered Lululemon’s Legendary Duffel bag. I knew it was being delivered on Tuesday so I had to stick around home the entire day. When my package finally arrived I was kinda disappointed. I really love rose gold, and I thought that’s what they used for all the hardware on the bag, but they used silver for all the zipper pulls and pocket cinchers. See what I mean?

:(

I’m due for a new bag since my old one is looking pretty ratty, but I don’t think I love this enough to keep it. It’s my first time being disappointed by any product from Lulu (yes I know this is just an esthetic thing) but darn! Oh well, just have to keep my eyes peeled for other bags to come out :)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, I’ll be sharing a TRX workout for you to try :) Enjoy your Thursday!

What are your thoughts on the bag? What is your favourite item from Lululemon?

Decorating On The Cheap

One of my biggest interests is home decorating/Do It Yourself projects. I love the idea of completely transforming a room in a day and making it totally ME. When I first came to look at my house before I bought it I immediately fell in love with the sunroom. It looks out to the park and our backyard, and has windows on 3 sides. It was painted in this ugly olive green colour and had these heavy, dark green curtains that totally didn’t match the vibe of the room, but I saw it’s potential :)

Just after I moved in

Just after I moved in

I didn’t want to spend much to make this room feel cozy. Yesterday I bought the final piece of furniture for this room, and overall I have spent about $185 to decorate and personalize my sunroom over the past two years. The things I bought were:

  • a rug, $30 at Wal-Mart
  • a slipcover, $60 from Zellers
  • a gallon of paint, $35
  • a shelving unit, $40 from Zellers
  • a lamp, $20 from Wal-Mart

So $185 later and some furniture rearranging I now have this:

my space <3

my space <3

The cube shelf on the right was my big purchase yesterday. My magazines always used to be spilling out of the magazine holder I had, so now I can have them categorized by type and kept all in one area. I have some keepsakes from Dave displayed, and all my sheep story books (from my mom for the “future” haha) on the shelves too.

So, how can you decorate a room for a minimal amount of $$$?

Buy a can of paint. This will be the biggest bang for you buck. A gallon of paint is around $35, and can make a world of difference. If you can afford it, buy your paint with the primer built-in (usually an extra $10-$15) for the best results.

See what friends/family are giving away. The couch in my sunroom was given to us by Dave’s parents. This saved me from spending major $$$ on having to buy one.

Use slipcovers/sheets to disguise your furniture. The pattern on this couch didn’t match the room. Wait for slipcovers to go on sale (usually once a month) or use a plain flannel sheet thrown over the furniture and tuck in the edges.

Repurpose what you already have. Instead of buy a fancy box to put my momentos in, I used a piece of ribbon I had from my scrapbook supplies. Use cardstock to cover up a cereal box cut into the shape of a magazine holder instead of buying one at Staples for $12. Be creative :)

Browse the Zellers/Wal-Mart/Target near you. I have found furniture at these stores  is more than suitable, and usually at a decent price. Find a piece you like, and then watch the flyers for it to go on sale. Beware of discount stores though, in my experience the pressboard furniture can be missing screws/hardware, or the holes aren’t drilled to line up properly. The little bit of money you save isn’t worth the headache or hassle of having to go out to buy what’s missing.

Check online ads like Kijiji/Craigslist. Items like coffee tables and end/side tables are a dime a dozen on these sites, and people are trying to get rid of them fast (which is in your favor!). You should be able to buy them for $20max, and after giving them a quick coat of paint (again, paint=magic) you have a great looking piece of furniture that cost you $30 and just a couple hours of your time!

In the next few weeks I’ll be putting up a post on how to paint furniture. I just need a couple of warm, sunny days when I’m off so I can complete the project. Cross your fingers for me :)

That’s it!! Easy right? Do you have any tips to add or decorating stories to share?