The New Me Project

A Successful New Year Resolution – {Discount Offer}

You’ve spent the past few weeks shopping, wrapping, cooking, and baking. You’ve eaten, drank, celebrated and cleaned. You’ve sat and watched as all your hard work was unwrapped, eaten, played with and enjoyed. And now you’ve packed it all up for hibernation until next year.

The holidays are over…so now what?

If you’re like me, you probably find this particular time of year a little anticlimactic. After all the holiday excitement there’s a bit of a letdown; nothing overly significant to look forward to.

Many people use this lull in activity to focus on themselves. Most make a declaration in the form of a New Year resolution. For me, I’m picking up where I left off before the week of holiday excitement began. Getting back to my bikini training (as I affectionately like to call it) with Bernice Robinson, Personal Trainer and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist at Bernice Robinson Personal Training and rebirth Wellness Centre (formerly known as Life With Baby).


Are you a New Year resolution maker?

Next to quitting smoking, getting fit/losing weight is the most popular resolution year after year.

Why is this resolution so popular?

It’s because it’s one of the hardest practices to take up and stick with. It’s also widespread among resolution-makers because a fitness routine is not only good for your physical health, but for your mental health too. Feeling good about yourself makes all the difference on your outlook on life and can help to improve your overall sense of wellbeing.


I am excited to share that City Mom has partnered with Bernice Robinson Personal Training to help make your New Year resolution a reality by sharing with you a discount on personal training and nutritional programs for 2012.

You will receive a 5% discount on training programs offered by Bernice when you book your initial (no cost) consultation before January 31, 2012. Your initial visit consists of a brief health history, fitness evaluation, goal setting and food preferences.


Personalized Training Program

You may already have a gym membership or just want to work out in the privacy of your own home. Personal programs are an affordable way to achieve your fitness and nutrition goals with the guidance of a personal trainer without having to schedule another weekly appointment into your sometimes already overloaded routine.

1-on-1 Training

Bernice will assess your diet, discuss your personal goals, and support and work with you every step of the way. She’ll even create a custom meal plan to ensure you are getting the foods you need to help you reach your goals.

Group Training

Similar to 1-On-1 Training but add a few friends to the mix. Or consider working out with your spouse. What a great way to spend some quality time together while improving your health.


To book your consultation and receive the 5% City Mom discount, contact Bernice Robinson at rebirth Wellness Centre to book your appointment before January 31, 2012. Note: Bernice trains men and women and you do not need to be a mama to make use of her services.

Call 226-663-3243 OR use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment. There is no cost involved for your initial booking. Mention City Mom in your consultation to receive the discount.


I’m not much of a ‘gym’ person as I lack the motivation to push myself past my comfort level which you need to be able to do to get results. At one particular training session with Bernice, between sets of exercises I said to her, exhausted, “Can I sit down?” She replied that I could if I wanted to, but I’d burn more calories if I remained standing. Of course I couldn’t sit after hearing that. And though it’s a small effort, it’s something I needed to hear and something I needed to be pushed to do.

This is an example of the personal attention someone like me needs and why personal training is the way to go!

I can’t seem to stay committed to going to a gym and I’m not always comfortable when I’m in a gym setting. I like the privacy I get while working with Bernice in her private studio.

I’ve been working with Bernice for just over two months and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am seeing great results in my muscle tone and physical strength and I’m feeling stronger, healthier and in better cardiovascular shape.

Be sure to schedule a visit with Bernice and best of luck with your goals in 2012!

Continuing with the New Me Project


A couple of months ago you may recall my experience with the Dr.Sara DETOX program at Life With Baby here in London. It was a huge success for me. I learned so many things about food and my health,  I lost 10 lbs and I gained a sense of control over my eating habits.

Now, on the path of clean eating I have found myself at a plateau. I am maintaining my current weight and feeling well. But I must admit that there are still things about my body I’m not satisfied with.

The funny thing is I do like my body but there’s something missing. While my eating is under control there’s a huge aspect of my health that I have been ignoring and that is exercising. I play soccer, both indoor and out, but once a week just isn’t enough.

I’m ready to shed that last, stubborn 10 lbs and increase my strength, muscle tone and bring out the positive aspects of my body. I have a muscular build but when it’s not in shape, it does nothing for me.


The next step in becoming the ‘new me’ is about complimenting my clean eating regimen with a physical training program. Thanks to Bernice Robinson, Personal Trainer at Life With Baby, I am on the road to achieving my goals.

Bernice is not just a personal trainer; she’s a mom of two young children and a wife. She knows firsthand the challenges women face while caring for their families, pursuing their careers and trying to find time to take care of their bodies.

Bernice also has a number of certifications and education:

  • University of Waterloo- Bachelors Degree specializing in Science and Kinesiology
  • ACE Certification in Personal Training
  • ACE Certification in Pre and Post Natal Fitness
  • CPTN certification specializing in Athletic Conditioning


The first step of my new program involved meeting with Bernice, in her sunny, quaint studio at Life With Baby. We went through a series of questions such as health history, food habits and goal setting.

Flat out Bernice asked me what my goals were, first my short-term goal and next my long-term goal.


My short-term goal (4 – 6 weeks) is to lose 5 lbs and increase my strength.  Bernice guided me in what to expect. For example, I may see the number on the scale rise at first as I build more muscle, but my body fat percentage will decrease. Sounds good to me! It’s helpful to know this information because it could be quite frustrating to see the number rise when all you want is to see it fall.


Next we discussed my long-term goal, and this one I’m most excited for. Since having my daughter, I have not worn a bikini in a public setting. I guess technically I could get away with it, but I just don`t have the confidence.

In February I’ll be going on a Caribbean vacation with my entire family and during this trip I want to strut around in a teeny-weeny bikini. Well maybe not teeny-weeny, but a two-piece none-the-less. Bernice said that`s going to happen. That`s just 3 months away!

I am ecstatic at the thought of this. I am picturing myself lean and in shape and I am thrilled. I want my body to reflect how I feel on the inside and it only makes sense that this is the next step in my project.

Check back for updates on the New Me Project and share your encouragement, success stories and challenges you’ve faced with achieving the ideal you. I’ll also be sharing tips and lessons learned through working with Bernice, and there may be an opportunity for you too. Stay tuned!

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