I completed a 30 day challenge of cycle and barre at The Dailey Method Ottawa

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Dare I say it, I think I finally found a workout routine that works for me, my lifestyle, my capabilities and my interests. I completed my first 30-day challenge at The Dailey Method Ottawa and I hate myself for waiting so long to finally do it! I am 100% totally addicted and fear that I will lose all my hard work if I don’t join full time. I was asked to do the 30-day challenge, in exchange for my open and honest review. But since my 30 days are up tomorrow,  I may sign up for their new client special – “All Access Unlimited Month $79”.

How The Dailey Method Changed my body

I haven’t lost a hundred pounds or anything, but my body is different. The muscles in my legs and glutes feel toned and strong, and they are stretched. I also survived the 30 days without any back injuries (insert miracle here)! Although my endometrial cysts are getting enormous and limit some movement in my core, my stomach feels strong and flattened… a feeling I’ve longed for in a while. My cardio levels are up due to all that intense cycling, actually, let’s just call it dancing! Coupled with better eating habits and maintaining 3 classes a week (1 cycle and 2 barre), I know I can keep up this amazing feeling and I can’t wait to continue on my journey to optimal health.

TOP 10 REASONS WHY I LOVE THE DAILEY METHOD

  1. The music! I am hugely motivated by tunes when I workout. The soundtrack to our workouts in both barre and cycle classes are designed to keep you moving! I also loved that they used my recommended songs!
  2. The app is life! For the first time, with a single swipe, I can commit to a class and pop it in my schedule without any excuses.
  3. The fashion– seriously, everyone looks amazing in their colourful tights, TDM tank tops and colourful no-slip socks. It motivates you to look your best.
  4. Low impact, high results. Barre class is probably the most challenging workout you will ever do, yet it’s so simplistic in nature. You barely break a sweat, but your body has been shaking for 60 minutes. There is NO workout that compares.
  5. They are obsessed with alignmentand so am I! When you’ve spent hundreds of dollars seeing a physio, a massage therapist and an osteopath for your lower back pain and pelvic floor therapy, the last thing you need is an exercise-induced injury. I love how all my breathing exercises and posture recommendations are reinforced in all the classes. It’s kept my back totally safe!
  6. Where everyone knows your name. I am terrible with names, but nothing makes me feel more special than someone calling out my name, especially in front of the class “Great posture, Chantal!” (Can you tell I was a teacher’s pet! haha). I truly commend all the staff for being super friendly and attentive.
  7. An inch is so much more than an inch. An inch in barre can make or break you. You’ll quickly develop a love-hate relationship with the words “up an inch, down an inch” … but you can thank them later, when you’re shaving your muscular legs in the shower.
  8. I thought I hated cycling until I tried the TDM classes. The stationary bikes are completely adjustable, you can also track and monitor your every move with the centre console. To top it all off, the bikes come equipped with shoes that clip right in the pedals for an optimal workout. Every class is also concluded with the best stretch of your life.
  9. Motivation! Whether it’s collecting stickers to track your progress during the 30 Day Challenge or getting an extra boost from your instructor, these guys have your back.
  10. The owners. Sarah and her husband Jamie are the sweetest couple you will ever meet. They opened the Dailey Method to build a community, and I think it’s safe to say they have!
Getting the best stretch of my life here!

Looks easy right? What you can’t see is that my legs are on fire.
Makeup is for photo shoots only! I don’t get this dolled up normally! haha

What is the Dailey Method?

TDM is a group fitness class that is at the cutting edge of fitness research and acclaimed by tens of thousands of devoted TDMers across North America and Europe. 

TDM safely, efficiently and effectively increases muscle length, strength tone, and balance, improves cardio strength, posture and motivation, sharpens your mind, reduces the risk of injury and chronic pain and helps you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime.

Specially designed unique and ever evolving low-impact classes (45-60 min done for as little 2-3 times per week) that incorporate the best benefits from multiple disciplines (yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic exercises), with hands-on training and education, and an intrinsic focus on alignment and strength all done in a safe, fun and energetic group environment.

SEAT WORK- don’t mind me while I am creating buns of steal here

They call this “Hanging at the barre” a good way to stretch your muscles and back before and after your workout.
Chilling with my girl Katie (from Yow City Style) and owner Sarah Thompson post-workout. Sarah is a ruthless instructor who will make you WORK… but how can I stay mad at her?
Of course I am shopping in this pic (I love this sweater)!


The super popular 30-day challenge leaderboard, complete with shiny star stickers!

Don’t be fooled by this pic- this class is ALWAYS full!

Photography credit Kamara Morozuk.

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Getting in-tune with Specter bluetooth headphones: A little less wire and a little more style

I was sent these gorgeous white and rose gold ELUX Specter wireless headphones for my open and honest review. Specter is a premium wireless company based out of the US that sells headphones, earphones and other wireless speaker devices. This humble company is owned by Matt Jackson and Michael Vogt, who came together and built a business out of their passion for music. When I was first approached by them, I sort of assumed that they were a huge corporation, based on the quality of their product and professionalism. But, my heart got the warm and fuzzies when I was able to connect with the faces behind the brand.

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Laugh, run & jump for joy with Icon pee-proof underwear!

Disclaimer- This is a post for mature people who deal with real health issues. There is no room for bullies or judgemental idiots. K, thanks!

If you follow me regularly, you know that I suffer from endometriosis and that I blog about it openly. Too many women suffer from this disease in silence, and somehow no one knows anything about it. I swear to you, every time I write something about endometriosis, I get 2 private messages from women sharing a similar challenge with their journey to health.

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Tummy Talk: an open letter to our healthcare system about my endometriosis

I haven’t blogged about my endometriosis in a while, despite the fact that it has been a huge part of my life in the last few months.

In September, I was on my deathbed. I couldn’t stand the pain I was in and was off of work for one week. My stomach was bloated and cramped up and I couldn’t function. I later realized that my cramps and stomach pain were highly related to my diet. The frustrating part is that no physician will confirm that diet and endometriosis symptoms are directly related, because alas, there are no studies to prove it.

Well I am my own scientist, I do after all have a biochemistry degree! Since watching my diet over the last month I managed to keep my symptoms at bay… That is until last night! It was Halloween. I indulged in pizza night, nibbled on a few pieces of chocolate, had a cupcake for dessert and munched on some chips and dip. The cramps came in full force. Now that I list everything I ate, no wonder I felt like crap. But again diet is not supposed to affect endometriosis symptoms, but it does for me. And I assure you I will never go down that path again. When I see junk food my brain now computes it as “poison”. It could be the salt, the gluten, the sugar… I don’t know. All I know is that it’s all bad for me. I need to stick to my healthy eating habits!

Why the oranges?

As I was mentioning in September, I was in so much pain that I went to Emergency at the hospital. I think frontline healthcare team’s have no idea how to deal with endometriosis. It’s so sad. All they could do was give me Percocet which made me more nauseous and drugged up, but I was still in pain. Useless.

I was then given an ultrasound, to confirm once again, that both of my ovaries contain an 8 cm cyst filled with blood, also known as an endometrioma. This and other symptoms, confirm stage four endometriosis. Not good.

So when people ask me what is wrong, I like to tell them that it’s like having two oranges in your stomach. It’s hard for me to do things like yoga, when I have to either lay down flat on the floor or bend my knees into my chest. But I still do it, because it makes me feel amazing. Ironically, I need to do prenatal yoga poses to make me feel better. When my stomach is bloated and cramping, it is completely extended and once again, ironically I look pregnant. I say ironically, because we’ve been trying to have another baby for two years and endometriosis has rendered me infertile.

When you look at statistics for endometriosis, it affects approximately 10% of all women. But most women have an individual and unique case. The question is why do so few people know about it or what to do with it? There are so little studies to support it, even though it causes pain and infertility in most women. It’s the classic case of “it’s not deadly so let’s leave it alone”. No, I may not be dying but I sure am in a lot of pain.

My plan

Last week I finally saw my endometriosis specialist, I waited three months for this appointment. Together we confirmed that I will need surgery to remove my cysts and go on medication to control my endometriosis. The problem is I need to wait 6 to 8 months for my surgery. “Oh you’re not dying? Get in the back of the line.” This is why I am writing an open letter to our healthcare system, or whoever is listening.

My open letter

Dear person in healthcare who can make a difference,

My name is Chantal, I am an upstanding citizen with lots of potential. I work two jobs, pay all my taxes, make donations when I have the means and try to help others when I can. Other than my endometriosis, I am healthy, I am young, I am married, and I have a healthy three year old boy (who really wants a sibling).

I am writing this letter to you to consider the idea of investing in potential.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should neglect the very ill. I am asking that we balance our healthcare services, and operating schedule and also help those with a bright future.

So many of our healthcare dollars go towards saving people who have purposely harmed themselves and require seven hour emergency surgery, and here I am having to wait half a year for mine.

I’d like you to recognize that endometriosis is a debilitating chronic disease, that causes physical pain, infertility and therefore emotional pain.

I started my endometriosis action plan this January, and have had to wait three months to see my gynecologist, another three months to see a fertility specialist (which I don’t qualify for because of my cysts) and another three months to see my endometriosis specialist. Now I must wait another 6 to 8 months for my surgery, for a chance to get pregnant.

It’s time to prioritize the healthy and consider a healthcare system that embraces prevention and invests in potential.

I’ll be waiting here patiently until you do.

Chantal

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