My Body Couture and Model Intentions

Guys, it’s Facebook official, Model Intentions and My Body Couture are tying the knot.

Janis and I are each others’ fitness yin and yang, and after years of banter and working together, we’ve decided to “get serious” and move in together.

Model Intentions will continue to be my brand, blog, newsletter, and calendar for all rowing, modeling, and group fitness events. So, please, continue to follow along!

For you, this move in means two things:
-an increase in super cool offerings and access to more practicioners
– expedited results (in one location with only one set of paper work! Yaaaaas)

So, follow along at:
https://www.facebook.com/mybodycouture/
https://twitter.com/MyBodyCouture
and Insta, we promise, will be up and running soon.

Xo
Danika

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Water Wonderland

In YYC a special, magical event occurs on May 1st every year.

The Glenmore Reservoir opens and all of us prairie-bound water junkies rejoice.

It’s water season.

If you’re looking for a fun, comprehensive workout, a great community, and some fabulous sunshine, Calgary Rowing Club is a great place to go.

Through out the summer the Calgary Rowing Club (CRC) offers Learn To Rows for the uninitiated, Novice (read: Newbie) rows, youth camps, recreational/competitive programs for all age groups, private lessons, AND a kick butt para-program. The Calgary Rowing Club is equipped to handle us all.

Rowing can be a highly demanding sport; the rowing stroke requires the use of 84% of the body’s muscle mass and high cardio-vascular output… but, it also requires technique and patience.

Sitting in a rowing shell as the sunrises and hearing the woosh of your blades moving through the water as you make your way up to the starting line is by far my favourite way to start the morning. Plus, workouts can cost your body upwards of 1000 calories -my giant follow up breakfast is my second favourite part of my morning.

Row-mantic imagery or giant breakfasts peak your interest?

Should you sign up for a Learn to Row, here’s what to expect:

  • All forms of weather. Rain or shine it’s time to get in that rowing shell and party! Bring a hat in either instance; you’ll thank me later.
  • People from all walks of life. As I touched on earlier, the programming at the CRC is built to handle us all. Don’t be shy! Come on down and give it a whirl.
  • We’re all awful at the beginning. Nothing is natural about sitting in the boat backwards, holding a stick in your hands and propelling it by moving your legs. Don’t worry about it.
  • A fun work out. Being new at something typically means that our bodies are super inefficient at it, which means we get a good workout just for trying something new!

 

See you on the water!

Want to Make: greater than or equal to Want to Eat

Thank you people for continuing to inspire me to write cool things about the culture of wellness and how we participate in it. On to this blog’s topic…

A recurring conversation that I have is:
Friend, “Well, what do you eat?”
Me, “Honestly? I just eat what I want.”
Friend, “Lucky!”
Me, “Noooo, not really.”
Friend, “If I ate what I wanted, I’d just eat junk.”
Me, “Noooo, I don’t think you would.”

I feel that quite often there is a fundamental misunderstanding over what we want to eat and what we want to make to eat. 

You and your body are super smart (most of the time).
You and your body probably agree on what you want to eat more often than you think you do. What you might disagree on is how much time and effort you are willing to put in to nourishing yourself.

If you had a world class chief and a cornucopia of amazing foods available to you at all times… Would you really only eat that giant bag of potato chips for supper?

Maybe. Maayyyyybe once in a blue moon… after having run an ultra marathon or something.

Really, it’s far more likely that you’d order something delicious, that met all your cravings and needs… and then you might add on a small snack after supper of something sweet or salty (depending on your leanings).

Please, toss that self-depricating language in the garbage; you’re better than that.

If you ate what you wanted, I’m certain you’d eat far better than you think you would; you might just need to do a little clarification.
Next time you’re getting ready to nosh, clarify what it is that you’re doing. Are you eating what it is that you want? Or are you making what it is that you’re willing to make?

Is “wanting to make” greater than or equal to “wanting to eat”?