Tuesday, August 21, 2012

canfitpro Weekend & The Awards Gala!

Good evening Beautiful,

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a long time. I have so much to share with you, but for some reason my laptop won’t connect to the internet in my condo and it’s suuuuper frustrating, so I’m going into work early tomorrow to post my blog!
This past weekend was a whirlwind of amazing things! Let’s start with Friday. I got to the annual Toronto canfitpro conference around 9, and the Opening Ceremonies were at 9:45. I sat and talked to my old bosses husband while I waited for C to do his thing in his first meet and greet session after grabbing us a couple of Starbucks coffee’s. We met up with some friends outside of the opening ceremonies, and when we got in found a seat comfortably in the back. I watched some of the presenters that I used to work with go on stage and present other new/returning presenters with the annual awards. Lawrence Biscontini (findlawrence.com) was the Master of Ceremonies and did an amazing job – he’s always so entertaining and made me laugh the entire time!
Simon Whitfield, the Olympic Triathlete from Canada was the Keynote speaker this year. He walked us through each Olympics and shared with us his secrets of how he made it through. There were definitely a few things/quotes that stuck with me from his speech. The first is “Think is spacious ways” and the second is “Get obsessed. Stay obsessed.”. The first quote came from when he had first decided to compete in the triathlon as a team, as opposed to only one person from the country. It helped them win and the year after, other countries did the same thing (unfortunately for them). “Get obsessed. Stay obsessed” was a quote that his father used to tell him. This quote should be used when you want to accomplish a goal more than anything, which Simon did. He became obsessed with training, and he stayed obsessed till … well… he still is. At the end he talked about how he crashed in the past London Olympics, and his collar bone was still actually broken. He was definitely an inspiration and an amazing opening to the whole weekend. What a great way to just get the cranks turning in my mind. After his speech I couldn’t wait to get going on my sessions for the rest of the weekend.
After the Opening Ceremonies were over, C and I grabbed a bite to eat with about 13 other people (I was good and had salad with a salmon fillet!) and then one of C’s employees and I went to the tradeshow together because everyone else had a session starting at a different time than we did. The tradeshow was amazing this year. I always enjoy it because I always run into a ton of people I know and haven’t seen all year, but this year they had a huge section blocked off for a live Crossfit competition. If you’ve ever seen Crossfit, you’ll know how the guys look sans their shirts… well, this was a lot of them. It was faaaantastic. I also got to check out some new and different products that I’d never seen, different protein bars and protein shakes, and even got some samples to take home with me.
My only other session on Friday was a session put on by GoodLife’s CEO and President, David Patchell-Evans. I’ve seen and listened to him speak many times, but I enjoy going to his sessions because 1. He motivates me big time and 2. I’ve known him literally since I was about 6 years old and I always like to show him my support! I shared my hopes and my dreams with my partner in crime (C’s employee) and took some great notes about “My Roadmap to Success”. On a side note - I got A TON of compliments on my J76CW top that I wore on Friday. I got to tell a few people about how it's Canadian made - they were impressed! Check out the link on the side of my blog to be taken to their website - they have a ton of great products, even some clothes made from bamboo!! I hope the people I spoke with check it out...
Friday night after the conference I went out for dinner with a couple good friends, Marina and Gillian and came home and called it a night. C was out with his fellow co-workers so I crashed when I got in!
Saturday I had to be up and at a session for 9:30am. I 1000% was not missing this session because the session was about eating clean and the speaker was the Eat Clean Queen herself, Tosca Reno. I was super excited to finally hear her speak in person, and it was everything I’d hoped and more. She’s so motivational and she puts things in a “no bullshit” manner, it’s exactly what I needed to get that spark back in me. After her session I made the trek across the entire convention center, bought one of her books and waited in line for probably half an hour to get her to sign it, meet her in person and snap a quick photo with her… see!

Can you believe this woman is 53 years old?? She’s competing in a bikini competition in October – I KNOW… I’m 23 years old and wish I looked as good as she does. I guess I have 30 years to get there though J. Just kidding. Tosca has recently given up eating grains and dairy as well and I’m SO PUMPED that she mentioned it! She didn’t say she was paleo, but that’s basically what she is now and I LOVE IT! Not only will I be able to use more of her recipes without having to tweek them, but when I tweet any questions I might have to her, I know she won’t recommend any grains or dairy. Score! She is seriously amazing.
After I met her and got my book signed I went to another session of 5 amazing women in the fitness industry. They did a panel presentation, and the women were Lynne Brick from Brick Bodies in the US, Molly Napolitano from GlobalFit in the US, Shannon Fable from Sunshine Fitness Solutions in the US, Amanda Vogel from Canada, Mo Hagan from GoodLife Fitness in Canada and then the special speaker was Tosca again. They each gave a little 10 minute blurb about their expertise in the fitness industry, and then Tosca talked for about half an hour which left time for Q&A at the end. I took a ton away from this session and I’m so thankful I went to it.
After that session I went for coffee with Molly because her and I have known each other for years and we wanted to catch up. It was nice talking to her, she’s such a great woman. You can check out her blog here, and you’ll see how great she is!
Saturday night was the GoodLife’s annual Awards Gala, the one night I’ve been super excited for, for MONTHS. It was so much fun getting dressed up, doing my hair, getting my dress on and rocking my hot pink pumps. I got to see A TON of people I don’t see on a regular basis and catch up. Unfortunately I didn’t realize this at the time, but C and I took zero photos together. The only real photos I have are these two:
Rocking out!! :)

Myself and Amanda

Amanda and I were roommates in college, she was my very first roommate actually, so it’s always super fun to see her at work functions, if only briefly. I saw a lot of old friends from London. There was a fellow SPA there, but I don’t think she saw me. I tried waving to her, but she didn’t see, so we didn’t get to snap a photo together. No biggie!
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to any of my Sunday sessions because I literally didn’t get out of bed until 5pm. SO BAD!! I may have had a few drinks at the Gala, and woke up with a super headache. C had to go to another event that night for our company, so even though he was really hurting too, he mustered up the energy and got his behind to the event. I on the other hand, decided to nap. When I woke up I felt 1000% better, and decided to go to the grocery store to pick up some food for dinner. I picked out a recipe before I went and decided to make a paleo version of Chicken Divan.
This is the recipe I used:
- 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 4 cups of broccoli florets cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup of sliced mushrooms cut up
- ½ cup onions finely diced
- 1 cup of canned coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of curry powder
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- sliced almonds (or cashews)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
2. Place the raw chicken in a pan and cover with water. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Bring the water to a boil and let it cook for 12-15 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken and boil the broccoli for about 5 minutes in the same water.
4. Drain the broccoli, place in a big mixing bowl. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add to bowl, as well as the mushrooms, onions, the coconut milk and all spices.

5. Mix well, then spread into a 9x11 baking dish and sprinkle the top with sliced almonds (I used crushed cashews because I didn’t have almonds).
6. Bake for 30 minutes.

It was really easy and it’s sooooo goooooooood. I’ve ate it for 3 meals already. I used mild curry powder for this recipe, next time I might using half hot and half mild just to give it an extra kick.
Fun news! I signed up for the Toronto Oasis Zoo Run today. It’s a 10km race, 5km of it is around the Toronto Zoo, and the other 5 is through the Toronto Zoo. I’ve heard there’s a ton of hills, so that should be fun (ah, not really). So I have to actually start running outside now. I’m at my friends bachelorette party all weekend in Wasaga Beach so I’m getting up on Saturday morning to go running, hopefully the weather is nice!

There is a ton in this post, so I’m going to call it a night. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Let me know what you did, and if you went to canfitpro tell me what you thought! J
Stay sweet.


  1. Sounds like an amazing time!!! And that race sounds like sooo much fun!!!

    1. Hey Mindy!

      I'm really excited to run it! It's my first race after my half-marathon, so I'm eager to get out there and earn myself a medal! And run with monkey's of course :). xo

  2. im definitely going to need to try your chicken divan recipe! it looks divine!!! love getting new ideas from all my spa sisters!! thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Jenna!

      I need to start posting more recipes, which means I need to start making more recipes! Glad you enjoy though! :) xo

  3. Your recipes look so good and easy to make! I will have to try some of them! I was hoping that you could maybe post some at home exercises that are fun and effective, as I don't have access to a gym.

  4. Hey Steph!

    Jenny told me this was you :) So glad you're reading my blog now! I can definitely do a post on an "at-home" workout. A friend of mine actually does one during tv commercials, a different type of exercise for every type of commercial (ie. Push-ups during food commercials, squats during lay firm commericals, crunches during cosmetic commercials, etc). Doing tabata training is also really easy at home as well, and only takes 4 minutes :). Stop by and say hello anytime! :) xo


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