Off Piste

I once dragged Brian to a Saturday morning bootcamp with 11 female participants. I could actually feel his embarrassment as we showed up to a sea of ponytails and neon pink Sweaty Betty tops with nary a dude in sight. We hadn’t warmed up more than 5 minutes before he took the first opportunity to bail and how could I blame him? This wasn’t exactly ages ago. So when Brian signed me up for the super duper expert advanced ski lesson on our first day skiing at Valmorel, and we showed up to a sea of Go Pro cameras and neon ski “onesies,” I felt just as compelled to head for the hills (groomed hills that is). Which I did after just three grueling Off Piste runs and an hour-long avalanche safety seminar spoken entirely in French. So for the very first time in my entire life, I found myself skiing alone. I loved every second. No one to speed up for, no one to slow down and wait for. I generally love chatting away a ski day with a few friends but this week was different. In this day and age, most of us are programmed to push our limits every second of every day. Well, here’s the thing. I’m not Jenny Jones. I go on holiday only a few times a year and with 2 little ones afoot, doing absolutely nothing is a luxury I don’t afford myself frequently. I gave myself permission to chill out, stop for a coffee, go down the same favorite trail 4x in a row, and find inner peace (in the form of a power nap or two!). The scenery was gorgeous, the kids club staff fantastic, the food fresh and simple. I feel more rested and relaxed than I have in ages. With all that said, there’s still no place like home, and I am becoming more and more excited for the spring season upon us! We have so much to look forward to. Here is what to expect for the week ahead:

Monday: Feelin’ lucky? Join us for the Saint Patty’s Day Slimdown! I can guarantee lots of cheesy workout themes and terrible Leprechaun jokes. Wear your green, remember everyone is Irish today. Not to be missed.

Tabata Tuesday! High intensity drills followed by periods of rest to maximize fat burning and muscle building potential.

Thursday: Bikini Yoga! That’s right. Warmer weather will be here in no time. The sweaters and heavy coats will be stashed away for good. With yoga poses like The Goddess and Crescent Moon, you’ll be proudly fishing that bikini out in no time. Come learn the best moves to tighten up your core and leave you longer and leaner for the sunny days ahead.

A quick shoutout to Nicola Cranley on the birth of little Anastasia Olive! Congratulations Nicola. Photos please! We can’t wait to meet her!

All you vegan, paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free or just plain health junkies out there will love my new chocolatey protein packed workout snack! Kid approved of course. Here’s the easy recipe:

2 parts cocoa berry ground flax seed
3 parts almond butter
2 parts hemp powder
2 scoops Chocolate Greens Plus Superfood Powder
2 parts honey
1 part water
*optional chocolate chips! Turn it into dessert!*


Bon Appetit!


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