Friday, April 16, 2010


Hello bloggies,

Wow, it has been so long that this "almost" feels a bit strange. The last 3-4 months of my life have been incredible to say the least. Unfortunately, I'm still in the thick of dealing with certain things and just not yet ready to get back into the blogging, but I will be back. I'm dealing with a few things right now - my plate is very full. I do believe in the old saying of "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger". So I am confident that I will get through all of this. Please be patient with me as I get my life in order. I do very much appreciate the concern and support that so many of you have shown with the personal emails and comments.It means a lot to me. Thank you! I will be back soon - just not quite ready as yet.


I just noticed the date a short few minutes ago and realized that the CN Tower climb is tomorrow. I will unfortunately not be participating in the climb this year. I am currently dealing with a few things that prevent me from participating. I am not ready to share the details as yet. Thanks for understanding.

To all of you who have pledged/sponsored my climb, I'm so sorry to disappoint and I will do this climb next year. If anyone would like to be reimbursed on their contribution/donation, please contact me directly via email ( Thank you all for your support.

For those of you doing the climb tomorrow...I want to wish you all the best!! Have fun and kick some ass! :)

Until next time...(soon)


Friday, February 12, 2010

Just Need a Little Time

Hey Bloggers,

Sorry it's been so long. On a personal level, I have a lot going on right now and I just need to take a break.

I am still eating well and working out (not as intensely - no kickboxing or Jui jitsu, just walking, light weights, treadmill). I'm happy to report I have not gained a pound (nor lost) just maintaining, which is perfect for me right now.

I will be back and will provide more details but as for now I need a little time off.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support. Will be back soon (promise).


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What a week!

I'm back. I have had a really tough week. The devastation in Haiti has really just rocked my world, especially seeing so many of my friend suffer and agonize over not know whether their loved ones are alive. This has just given me new perspective on life. I will speak more to this later on.

I've also been super busy at work and dealing with a few personal things as well. Life has a way of bringing everything on all at the same time! Testing you! You know what I mean?

I just wanted to let you know that I am still here, just need to work through a few things and get some REST, I am EXHAUSTED!! I missed quite a few work outs last week but happy to report that I am back on track as of today. Will post in detail tomorrow - just wanted to touch base and let you know that all is well.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This week is filled with such sadness. My heart aches for the people of Haiti. I have quite a large number of friends and colleagues from Haiti and a lot of them have family, who they are still waiting to hear from. It is so sad. I hope that we will all help out in any way that we can. I know that there are quite a few ways in which we can help out (Red Cross, Oxfam, WorldVision and so many more). Please do all you can to help out.

I have had a very busy week at work and I will update later. I am just really taken by the catastrophic event in Haiti and feel as if my weight loss/fitness journey needs to take a back seat for a minute. It just seems silly to be concerned about missing a kickboxing class right now. I am just being honest. I just keep thinking of all the people suffering, grieving and hurting in Haiti right now and I just feel overwhelmed with a need to help, yet I feel so helpless.

I'm not here to tell anyone what to do, but if you would like to and if you can, please help and keep the people of Haiti and all their families in your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to help out via monetary donations or to obtain information, please check out the following websitses:,,,,,,,



Monday, January 11, 2010

Marvelous Monday!!

Today was AWESOME!! ! I feel fabulous.

I rocked out the strength training session this morning and felt somewhat invincible. I don't know what it was, I woke up full of energy with the Black Eyed Peas song, "♫♫I got a feeling, that tonight's gonna be a good night ♫♫"stuck in my head!! It was crazy and awesome....I pushed through that session this morning.

Lunch time Kickboxing session with Ingrid was fab-u-lous!!! She totally killed our arms today but it was awesome. My Kickboxing partner (and friend) Nicole, had her camera today and we took a few shots after the class, for fun!!
That's Nicole, ME and Ingrid after sweating it least we're still smiling! :)

I LOVE KICKBOXING!!! This one is of me getting Sensei Derek with a front snap kick, right where it counts (he's such a good sport)!! I am not displaying the proper form in this shot, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to get him. I wish you could see his face, he's such a cutie...MEAN...but cute. BTW, this wasn't a real kick, it was done for the camera!! :) Fun times!
I also went to the kickboing class at 430 pm today, taught by Sensei Derek and let me tell you he truly punished me for that kick....well, he punished the entire class!! We did 500 situps (5 variations of 100 each!) OUCH!!! This was in between kick and punch combinations!!! It was an awesome class -I was drenched and spent!!! He was a bit disappointed after class because he wanted us to do 700 situps and we "only" managed 500!!!!! Sensei just gotta love him. Although the class is tough as hell, he somehow manages to keep us laughing while we're in pain - he keeps it fun!! I'm sure he'll make us pay at Friday's class!
Total Hours of Exercise: 3 hours, 20 mins

Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs (ate whites only), 1 turkey sausage, 800ml of water. Snack: vanilla protein shake, 500ml water. Lunch: veggie & grilled chicken wrap on ww pita, 500ml water. Snack: can of tuna with half an English cucumber (sliced), 500ml. Dinner: grilled chicken breast & garden salad, 800ml water. Snack: cup of green tea (having it right now)
Total Water: 3100ml plus 1500ml during workout = 4600ml(4.6 litres)

Until next time...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

2K10 Weigh-ins ~ Week 2

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Starting Weight: 258lbs
2K10 SW: 169lbs
Current Weight: 166 lbs
Weekly Loss: 2 lbs
Total Loss: 92 POUNDS!!!

YES!!!! Another 2 pounds!! This is awesome!! Although I did not stick to the nutritional plan 100% (I would say more around 90% this past week) and I did miss a couple of my planned workouts, I was still expecting a loss. There wasn't one day of inactivity, nor did I go overboard with unhealthy eating. I wanted a loss as well because I just realized that today is the 10th!! One month since my one year anniversary. Time sure flies!! That's a 5 pound loss since Dec 10! Keep in mind, there were a number Christmas celebrations (lunches, parties and potlucks) and the big New Year's Eve celebration as well over this past month! I still managed to lose 5 pounds - I'm pretty thrilled about that!

Now, all the celebrations are over; no more excuses!! It's time to kick it into high gear with the training and eating!! I have a birthday coming up at the end of February which I do intend to celebrate but nothing until then! My plan is to push hardcore until about mid-March when I'll have a guilt free day (St.Patty's Day!) It's all about planning! :))

I will be making some adjustments to the Blueprint workout schedule to include the stair climbing training the Rob (my trainer) will be providing to me. I do have to start conditioning my body to be ready to climb the 1776 steps (approximately 142 flights of stairs) of the CN Tower in April!! I'm really looking forward to it actually. It will be a physical challenge for me. I find it ironic, that one of the factors which contributed to me starting on this weight loss journey was the fact that I could not climb the stairs (15 steps) in my house without needing a break and being incredibly breathless and here I am in just a short few months going to attempt to climb the 1776 steps of one of the tallest structures in the world!!! Amazing! I WILL DO IT!! I WILL!!

As I mentioned, this climb is also for a charitable cause (World Wildlife Fund - WWF Canada). If you would like to sponsor my climb, please click HERE!!!
Any amount will be appreciated! THANKS!!

Tomorrow is the start of a new week. I am cooking and prepping my meals as well as planning to go at it 100% this week. I want to really see a nice loss on that scale next week. NO OPPORTUNITY WASTED (NOW)!!!

Until next time...wishing you all an awesome week!!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Exercise & Nutrition: The Week in Review

With all the excitemet of the CN Tower climb, I realized I did not let you guys know how I did in terms of exercise and nutrition this week. Overall, I did really well. You will notice on Friday, I went out to lunch with a colleague. We went to a little Italian restaurant close to work where I had a salad with a small piece of lasagna - It was delicious!!! I also had an 8oz glass of iced tea...


I completed my strength training session today and since deciding to climb the CN Tower, I concentrated on making all my "leg" workouts REALLY count. I really tried to push hard on those squats. It felt great.
Unfortunately, I missed my lunchtime Kickboxing session. I was home with my son that day
Total Hours of Exercise: 1 hour, 35 mins

Breakfast: 4-egg white omlet with spinach, 800ml of water. Snack: small apple with almond butter, 500ml water. Lunch: cucumber & tomato salad with sardines, 500ml water. Snack: a small piece of grilled chicken, 500ml. Dinner: chicken & lentil soup with veggies, 800ml water. Snack: 10 almonds, cup of peppermint tea (unsweetened).
Total Water: 3100ml plus 500ml during workout = 3600ml(3.6 litres)

Jiu-jitsu class was really intense today! The moves were intense, so much so that my pant bottoms ripped with one of the moves LOL!! I only "lol" because I ALWAYS wear shorts under and I am soooooooooo thankful that I do!! There are a few females taking Jiu-jitsu and I noticed that not all of them wear shorts under...don't get me wrong, they wear undergarments, just not shorts. And in my case, I wouldn't want anything but shorts on display in the event that my pant bottoms ripped - WHICH IT DID!!

I also had a 30 minute session on the was a combination of walking and jogging. This time a little more jogging than walking.
Total Hours of Exercise: 1 hours, 30 mins


Breakfast: Bowl of steel cut oatmeal(cooked), 800ml of water. Snack: vanilla protein drink (made with 500ml of water). Lunch: grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli, 500ml water. Snack: 1 boiled egg, 500ml. Dinner: grilled 3 oz eye of round steak, 1 small baked sweet potato, steamed asparagus, 800ml water. Snack: 10 almonds, 500ml.
Total Water: 3.6 litres + 1litre during workouts

I completed my strength training session today and found that my legs were burning!! I know I pushed hard on Mon & Wed and this is the reason - it's a good burn!
I did not make the 430 KB class today either because I had to relieve my husband as he was home with the baby today - we take shifts whenever our son's daycare worker is not available (unfortunately, she had a death in the family).
I did 30 minutes on the treadmill to make up for it.
Total Hours of Exercise: 2 hours, 5 mins

Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs, 1 turkey sausage, 800ml of water. Snack: small apple with almond butter, 500ml water. Lunch: small chef salad, a piece of lasagna, 8oz glass of iced tea (went out to lunch today). Snack: apple, 500ml. Dinner: Turkey chilli (ground turkey, red & green peppers, mushrooms, onions, 800ml water. Snack: cup of peppermint tea (unsweetened).
Total Water: 3100ml plus 500ml during workout = 3600ml(3.6 litres)

Tomorrow is Weigh-in Sunday.
Until then,


Friday, January 8, 2010

The Climb....

Hello bloggies!! Wow!! What a fabulous and exhilarating week!! I am so excited and nervous and happy and excited (oops, already said that one)!! I am so thrilled for having decided to take on this new goal in 2010!! I can't believe I am going to attempt....uh, actually CORRECTION, I AM GOING TO CLIMB THE CN TOWER in April!! It was such a quick thought process was simply, "Wow, 1776 steps, climb it and it's for charity - okay I'm doing it!!" That was it and I signed up. I feel great about it and can't wait to start training for it!

One of my girlfriends (we were really close friends in Junior high school and we haven't seen each other in probably 20 years but have since reconnected via facebook), follows this blog and has decided to do this climb as well. I can't wait to see her! I'm thrilled to bits that she wants to do this to support me and I appreciate it so much. At the same time, we will be raising money for charity.

A few bloggers in the Toronto area are thinking of doing this as well and all of us meeting up at the end of it for a "Celebratory Dinner and Fun Night!" I think it would be awesome and if I get enough interest, I will certainly organize it!! YEAH!! Lets do it bloggies...even if you don't want to do the climb...we could all meet at a nice restaurant for dinner that night(even though I may not be able to walk!!) :)

If you're a blogger or anyone for that matter, in the Toronto area (that includes the surrounding areas - YOU know you can easily get to downtown T.O.), and you would like to take part in the climb and possibly a dinner afterwards, please let me know!! :)

I'm still working on convincing one of my friends to do it with me and the other has agreed!! So I'm really starting to look forward to it!

My trainer Rob, told me that he will help me to prepare for stair climbing. He used to do stairs 2 steps at a time, for 1 hour every day and he says that it got his glutes ripped! Well, there's a MAJOR plus in doing this to have some nicely defined glutes!! I'm IN!!! I can't wait to start the training. In addition to the nice glutes, I've read that stair climbing is an amazing workout.

There are quite a few benefits of stair climbing as well. Stair climbing uses the muscles of the legs, in particular the quadriceps (front of the thighs) and the buttocks (GLUTES). It can be an intense activity both for the heart and leg muscles because you are carrying your body weight against gravity.

I've mentionned before that my lower body, specifically my butt and thighs are my problem areas when it comes to weight loss. I am anxious to see the changes/results of this new addition to the program! :)

When I did the TV commercial for ParticipACTION last year, my tag line was, "I'm Joania and my ParticipACTION is keeping things fresh!!" Well, that's what I intend to do this year, is keep things fresh by challenging myself with new physical goals and attempting things I would not even have dreamed of doing in the past!! I have been to the CN TOWER so many times before and never once did the thought of climbing it ever enter my mind - and I'm certain if it did, I would have split my mouth laughing and look at me now!! I am about to start training for it! Just incredible!! You see why I'm on such a high??? Embarking on this journey more than a year ago, and more importantly SEEING IT THROUGH, has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life!

So that's it for today!! IT IS OFFICIAL!! I have registered and I would love the support in efforts of raising some money for a very good cause. All donations will be in support of World Wild Life Canada (WWF). For more information, visit their website.

If you would like to sponsor my climb, please click HERE!!! Any amount will be appreciated! THANKS!!

Until next time.. (BTW, tomorrow, I will post my food and exercise details from Wed, Thurs & Fri)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

April, 2010: Climb the CN Tower!!

Look at that skyline. It's beautiful, eh? See that tower? I am going to climb it on April 17, 2010!!
When I say, "CLIMB the tower", I have no intentions of scaling the sides of this incredible structure, I'm no Spider Man. The CN Tower has 1776 steps and there are a couple of charitable events each year where you're able to climb the tower for a good cause.

For those of you who don't know, this is the CN Tower located in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. It is a communications and observation tower standing 553.3 metres (1,815 ft) tall. It held the record for the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world for about 31 years. On September 12, 2007 the CN Tower was surpassed in height by another incredible structure somewhere in Dubai. The CN Tower remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas. It is recognized as the signature icon of Toronto's skyline, and a symbol of Canada, and it attracts more than two million international visitors annually. For more info on the CN Tower, check out this website (

One of my friends and fellow blogger, Kimberley from ( suggested that I climb the tower as one of my goals in 2010!! I'm not sure if she was serious but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it, since she mentionned it!

Anyway, I did some research and I am going to take part in the "20th Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb for WWF (World Wildlife Fund)" which raises money to fight climate change (save the animals). I visited their website and registered!!! I AM GOING TO CLIMB ALL 1776 STEPS OF THE CN TOWER ON APRIL 17th, 2010!!!!!

I plan on dragging my friends along with me. One lives in Toronto and has no excuse!! You're doing it!!!! Maybe I can also get my other friend to come too (she's pregnant right now, but will have had her baby come April - and she lives close to Toronto so she'll have no excuses either - I might let her off because her baby would just be a little more than a month old!!!) As for Kimberley, the one who got me thinking about this in the first place - are you up for it??? :)

For those interested, there's a $75.00 registration fee (or minimum donation amount) and you can also raise money through donations. I will donate $100 and I'm also going to try to raise a minimum of $250 for the cause through a web page I set up on their site. It's secure!!

If you would like to sponsor me for this event, please click here. Type in my full name ( Joania Burnett) or the first letters of my first and last name, select my name from the list, and follow the instructions. You can pledge as little or as much as you'd like. THANK YOU!! :)

I am so excited!!! 2010 is going to be AWESOME!!! More details to follow...

Joania (Doing It in 2010!!!!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Just Want to Do Better!!

I don't know if it's the New Year or the excitement I feel for entering this new phase of my journey. I don't know what it is, but I just feel like I want to DO BETTER!! I want to do better in ALL aspects of my life! Wow, can losing weight, getting fit and for the first time in my adult life, feeling like I'm in control of my fitness be so powerful that it makes me want to be an all around better ME????


I've been feeling this way since I celebrated my 1 year anniversary on this journey (Dec 10, 2008) and I hope it lasts the entire year! It's like I'm walking around on Cloud Happy!! It's awesome...the wheels in my head are constantly turning. I'm thinking of so many things that I want to do or try this year; so many things I would like to improve. I really do want to MAKE MYSELF THE BEST "ME" THAT I CAN!! It's an incredible feeling! I feel like everything I want is within reach, I just have to GO GET IT!!

Okay, I don't want to sound like a crazy woman or "preachy" or anything like that. I know one of my cousins (u know who you are) will be reading this and thinking or probably saying out loud, "Here we go, she lost some weight and it looks like she done lost her mind too!" LOL....
I haven't lost my mind, I'm just happy and my path just seems clear! I'm taking everyday as it comes and trying to make the very best of each day. I really feel good about where I am right now. I am truly happy!
Alright, enough of that (for now)..

I had a great strength training workout on Monday. This routine has quite a few different squat variations and I struggled a bit before, however I am finding that I'm developing a lot more strength in my thighs!! This excites me because my thighs (well, my lower half) is what I believe are my "problem" areas. I would be thrilled if by Dec 2010, I am able to trim, tone and define my legs.

I also had a lunchtime Kickboxing session. I was so glad to return to the dojo. I really missed it while it was closed over the holidays. Ingrid ( instructor) really "brought it" that day! She worked us to a crazy sweat with an amazing combination of punches and was fabulous!

Unfortunately, I couldn't make the 4:30pm class as I was held up at work, had a few deadlines to meet. But it's all good, I am not stressing about anything. I had two amazing workouts and feel awesome.
Total Hours of Exercise: 2 hours, 15 mins

Eating was on point today!Breakfast: Two boiled egg whites and a turkey sausage with once slice of Ezekiel bread, 800ml of water. Snack: small apple with almond butter, 500ml water. Lunch: grilled chicken breast with steamed broccoli, 500ml water. Snack: 1 boiled egg, half a cucumber (english), 500ml. Dinner: grilled salmon with a garden salad, 1 small baked sweet potato, 800ml water. Snack: 10 almonds, cup of peppermint tea (unsweetened).
Total Water: 3100ml plus 1000ml during workouts = 4100ml(4.1 litres)

Today we had a very small Jiu-jitsu class..only about 5 people in total. I guess people are still on holidays. But it was great..we were able to get a great workout in and take a little extra time on mastering some techniques....more of a 1 on 1 session with Sensei Derek today. I am really excited to see where I will be with Jiu-jitsu at the end of this year...can't wait!

I also had a 30 minute session on the was a combination of walking and jogging. I am trying to ease myself back into it! :)
Total Hours of Exercise: 1 hours, 30 mins


Breakfast: Bowl of steel cut oatmeal(cooked), 800ml of water. Snack: vanilla protein drink (made with 500ml of water). Lunch: grilled chicken wrap (ww pita, lettuce, tomatoes), 500ml water. Snack: 1 boiled egg, small grilled tomato with cheddar, 500ml. Dinner: grilled chicken breast, steamed spinach, 1 small baked sweet potato, 800ml water. Snack: 10 almonds, 500ml.
Total Water: 3.6 litres + 1litre during workouts

So a great start to the week and hope to continue throughout the year!!

Until next time, I try to live each day better than the rest! Have a good week!! I found this pic on the internet and found it fitting for this post!