Day 142: “We danced to save lives…” @BAMCalgary

bust a move kat and sueToday was the day, BUST A MOVE CALGARY! 

I was up bright and early; got myself into my fabulous 80s attire and hit the road for the LRT. I made a pit stop at the local Starbucks where the server and I had a laugh over the fact that I looked like I was doing the “walk of shame” after a night of 80s partying. Not the case – yet funny.

I hopped off the train and was greeted immediately by BAM Calgary volunteers – it was such a well organized event! There was fresh fruit, water stations, juice and other healthy snacks. They had step-and-repeats (like red carpet) and representatives from Alberta Cancer who explained what the funds we raised would actually do – let me tell you, it’s very impressive (FYI: 60% cancer cure rates FROM 40% in a short period of time…)

Wedgie and I were nervous about what six hours of fitness would entail, but I don’t think it was as bas as we thought (though there were some points I just wanted to lay down on my mat!) We started off with zumba, then bootcamp and had our first break, which I needed! During the break there were lots of booths to roam around and learn from. We made our way to the Virgin step-and-repeat, where they had Richard Simmons, Justin Bieber and Adam Levine. I tried to take off with the Adam Levine cut out, but got busted….

adam levine

When it was time to hit the mats again, they let us know by playing “Eye of the Tiger” – totally genius. We started off the second part with hot yoga. I enjoyed it, but my hands kept slipping on the mat (however, they gave us the mats to keep which I thought was totally nice!) And then we had kickboxing with one of the most energetic people I have ever seen in my life. For real. I have a feeling most of my soreness tomorrow will be from this segment!

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: the segment with Richard Simmons. He didn’t realize there were some non-huggers in the audience. Howie Mandels worst nightmare. But all good sports!

richard simmons at BAMWe did a few songs that Richard both wrote and performed. It reminded me of workout videos my mom had back in the day. Lots of smiling and laughing! Then he gave us the opportunity to come up on the stage. That was a lot of fun. I am super uncoordinated at the best of times, but I knew this would probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I decided to record some of it. I know I was getting the side-eye from some people, oh well!

Finally, after the cool down he called us all up to the stage clip for the last part of his segment. I am laughing & singing. It was fun 🙂

BAM raises 170kWhat a day! There was lots of sweating during the six hours of exercise, but we all know that it’s for a terrific cause – funds and awareness for breast health. After all was said and done, the Calgary gang raised a whopping $170,000 – pretty impressive for the inaugural year!!

richard simmons tweeted me! The VERY best part of the day was when Richard Simmons tweeted me!

 

tutu Here is one of the most awesome pics from the day, Sue doing running man during the Hip Hop session. Better watch out Calgary, when we hit the town for girls night we’re bringing mad dance moves!

Thank you to the team who put BAM on here – major, major, major kudos. Putting an event together is a lot of work and you’ve done a phenomenal job! Can’t wait for next year!!

 

Day 133, 134 & 135: cross training in Chicago

chicago from the airSo I apologize that I haven’t been keeping up properly. I was away from home and totally out of my regular routine. We took off for Chicago last Wednesday. Got in late, but I still managed to get my behind out of bed by 6:30 that next morning (5:30 to my body) and hit the gym. I did AMT for 40 minutes and then another 15 minutes of yoga. It felt great! The best part of the day was walking around Chicago (mostly getting lost) and spending a few hours in Starbucks reading my clients new book (which is awesome, check it out!) After that I cruised around a bit. I found the Omni hotel where all of Oprah’s guests stayed. I stopped for a minute (like loonie) and took it all in. I could hear her do her like, “All guests of the Oprah show stay at the “Ommmm-ni” hotel in downtown Chicago…” Amazing. Then I headed back to the hotel – which was super cool too (KnickerBocker). The next morning I was up even earlier (5:50) and hopped on the bike for 20 minutes and the elliptical for 20 minutes. I did some yoga and headed up to the room, got ready for the day (which started at 7:30.) So we went to Speakers School from 7:30 – 4:00, had amazing sushi at this restaurant in Chicago called “Ai” So good. Then back to the hotel to work on a few things. And up again even earlier (5:45) at the gym for 45 minutes and out the door again for 7:30 a.m. We finished speakers school at 11:30, headed to O’Hare to fly back to Calgary. Now, because of the storm on the east coast we ended up sitting at the gate for over an hour waiting for crew members … then when we got to Toronto our flight was over two hours late (YAHOO!) Then when I finally got home at 1:00 am, my son woke up about 1.5 hours later throwing up. But I have to admit, as much as I LOVED my time in Chicago, I was pleased to be back home with him!

Hope everyone is doing well out there!