He liked it…..

so he put a ring on it <3

I am SO SO SO SO happy to announce that the man of my dreams proposed at sunrise on the beach in Barbados on Saturday, March 29th, 2014.

I did vlog before and after the proposal so that I could share this HUGE moment with all of you <3 I was shocked. We had spoken about getting engaged in the next year and of course it crosses your mind A LOT! I can’t deny I thought about it often but I didn’t expect it to happen on a family vacation. I couldn’t be more excited and in love <3

There was actually a lot of work and thought behind the ring and proposal.

Andrew had the ring made for me. What makes this even more special is that the diamond in the middle is my mom’s. She wanted to have the pleasure to see me wear the ring of my dreams. I remember my mom sitting me down in November to tell me this. I cried. A lot. I couldn’t believe that the man of my dreams and my mom were working together to make the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. Honestly. It’s the ring of my dreams. I.can’t.stop.starring.at.it. 

Now why in Barbados on our family trip? Well if you’ve been following me for a while you know that my twin sister, Sarah, now lives in Montreal. From the beginning he KNEW I’d want to share this moment with my sister and family. So as soon as we began talking about Barbados last year, he immediately thought it was the perfect time, place and with the right people. I honestly could not think of a better place and people to share this with.

There’s so much more to say about this day: was he nervous? did he know when to ask? how did he bring the ring? Were there sneaky moments that now makes senses? YES YES YES! I’ll share so much more with you guys and PROMISE to share everything wedding on both my youtube channel AND on my blog. Prepare to see a MUCH more active Truly.Into.Fitness blog ;)

I am SO excited to be engaged to the man of my DREAMS <3 I love you Boo Boo <3

Much love,
Jess
xoxo

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Are you TrulyCommitted? One Week Challenge

Hi loves!

I know, I know, it’s been a while I haven’t updated the blog but I’m about to give you a challenge that will make up for my absence.

First, let’s talk about goals. How are your New Year resolutions going? Are you still going strong? Are you finding yourself losing the motivation to keep going? Well I have the PERFECT solution for you. I want you to prove to yourself that you ARE committed by following a few simple food, fitness and positive thinking suggestions.

Now I know the question that’s on everyone’s mind, “What do I eat?” Before we get to the actual food I would recommend you to concentrate on, I want to ensure I share with you a few key points:

  • No calorie counting required. Yeap that’s right I don’t calorie count. Appropriate portion sizes are all you need
  • Eat smaller portions but eat often, every 2-3 hours a day. In total, I roughly eat 6-8 meals a day
  • Drink WATER, sometimes we THINK we’re hungry but really, we’re just dehydrated, so chug that water! Try to aim for 1-2 litres of water a day
  • If you workout in the morning, eating a simple grapefruit or some berries 15-30 mins beforehand will provide you with quick energy to get you through your workout
  • Your post workout meal should include both a complex carb and some protein (list will be provided below)
  • Include protein in every meal (this will keep you satisfied)
  • It’s okay to eat at night. If you’re hungry, reach for some egg whites or a quick protein shake with 1tbsp of nut butter. You do NOT need carbohydrates late at night, carbs provide you with sustainable energy, which….isn’t needed at 10PM

Ok, now that we’ve got those out of the way, let’s get to FOOD! Below is the list of foods you should have on hand. I’ve placed them in their own category (Protein, Complex Carbs, Fruits, Veggies and Fats). 

Protein
Chicken
Turkey
Egg Whites
Tuna
White Fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy, etc)
Protein Powder (shake, pancakesCoco Protein Cake or Fudge (recipe to come))

Complex Carbs
Oats
Sweet Potato
Cream of Rice
Brown Rice

Green Veggies
Spinach
Kale
Green Beans
Asparagus
Cucumber
Broccoli

Fruits (max 2 servings a day)
Grapefruit
Berries
Apple
Pure Pumpkin/Unsweetened Apple Sauce (for protein pancakes)

Fats
Almonds (10-15)
Nut Butters (1tbsp a day MAX)
Avocado
Coconut Oil

Now this isn’t a FULL list, it’s mainly the clean food I personally enjoy to have and works for ME. Get creative with spices and mix different veggies with your proteins. You can definitely make it work for 7 days;)

Now let’s talk about what we’ll AVOID this week:

  • Alcohol (yeap even on the weekend)
  • Pop
  • Dairy (stick to almond or coconut milk if needed)
  • Juice (don’t DRINK your calories, eat them)
  • Sweets (take that sugar OUT)

What about fitness?

Since we all have different fitness styles: some like to weight train (me, me,me!!!), dance, participate in group classes, workout to DVDs, etc. the fitness portion of this challenge will be more about CHALLENGING yourself. I want you to make sure to make every workout count. Don’t just show up to workout, I want you to give it your all. If you workout three times a week, great! Make them COUNT. Be conscious that you’re moving to better your health, body and mind.

If you don’t currently have a fitness routine, fear not, start small. A simple 30 min walk 3 times a week will help. Just start moving. Turn those walks into jogs and work your way up. Start small and watch yourself progress. So for this week, MOVE and CHALLENGE yourself.

Last but definitely not least, this week I want you to STAY POSITIVE. It’s crazy how GOOD your day can be when you don’t let the small stuff bother you. Try keeping a smile on your face, not only will it make YOU feel better but it will have a ripple affect on the people that you encounter at the gym, at work and even at home. Imagine when your boyfriend/friend/family member comes home in a terrible mood, how does that affect you? Now think how different you’d feel if they came home with a big smile on their face and greeted you with a pleasant conversation, wouldn’t that automatically make you feel good? Of course it would! Same goes with how you choose to view your day, so why concentrate on negatives when thinking positively has so many rewards?

So how do you participate?

Simple! Be TrulyCommitted for 7 days (Monday-Sunday) by eating clean and kicking some booty with your workouts! You can join in the fun on Instagram by using the #TrulyCommitted hashtag, which I am proud to say has been used over 20, 000 times since I created it back in July!! Wooohooo! Way to be #TrulyCommitted guys! You can share your meals, pre and post-workout selfies (let’s be real we all take them) and everything in between. We’re there to support one another and celebrate our successes together.

But wait…there’s more! My wonderful friend Morgan over at WildlyFit has generously offered to giveaway one tub of TrueStar Protein Powder in either Chocolate or Vanilla to one lucky participant to further help them stay on track! A free tub of protein powder? Umm…yes please! Protein powder is so versatile and to prove that, I’ll share some simple, yet delicious recipes this week! The winner will be picked at random, all you got to do is COMMIT and SUPPORT others to commit as well.

Ok are you ready? We all start tomorrow!! But that doesn’t mean to stuff your face tonight, nope! Drink that water and eat those greens! I’m excited to see you thrive.

Much love,
Jess
xoxo 

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And We’re BACK + DeltaLabs Giveaway!

Hi loves!

Ok so it’s been a bit and some of you noticed that something was up with my site. A virus ad got placed in my admin which caused some of your computers (depending on your virus protector) to block my site - Sorry! It took a while for me to find it but Andrew and I did it! Yay team work!

Ok so where did we leave off – oh yes…Delta Labs! As a Delta Labs Ambassador, I get the luxury of trying some of their products. The first product I decided to try out was their Biotin Formula – Hair, Skin and Nails.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been taking Biotin supplements as recommended by my coach, Michelle Davis, and jumped at the chance to try this blend! Well I was not disappointed! I’ve been taking the supplement regularly for over 3 weeks now and I can definitely see and feel the difference in my nails and hair. As I’m a regular gym go-er, well that’s an understatement, my nails can get quite the beating with all of the heavy weights I pick up but lately they haven’t chipped nearly as much as before. Winning! Yeah…I just typed that.

As for my hair, ever since I was young I’ve always had dryer underneath hair (the part of your hair closest to your neck) why is it so hard to explain? Anyways, it’s always been dryer than the rest of my hair, which normally caused split ends. Now I won’t say the supplement was a magical pill but paired with air drying my hair and applying hardly any heating tools to it (due to my time spent at the gym), the hair is less corse and I have less split ends. 2nd win!

My Hair in the Past 3 weeks

So is this a miracle pill? No. Will it help in maintaining good hair, skin and nails health? HECK YES. Like any supplements, you can’t just take a pill and expect MAGIC to happen. BUT if you apply the right things (take care of your hair, skin, nails, etc) beauty will be the result <3

If you want a chance to win a sample of this formula, head over to Yesterday’s TrulyDaily and write any comments. I will pick 5 random winners on Monday and send them off with a little personal note from me:) Hurry, you have until Sunday at midnight EST to enter!

If you happen to miss this post this weekend, no worries, I may have more giveaways in the future;) I do, however, have a $5.00 coupon you can always use on your future purchases (cannot be combined with another coupon): TRULYJESS

Next DeltaLabs product I’m trying out? Detox!

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my Friday evening. Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Much love,
Jess
xoxo

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