If you’ve been a reader of my blog for awhile, you may know my story about how and why I got into running, and later health and fitness and personal training. Although I know I’ve inspired a few friends and readers to start their own health and fitness journeys (which is amazing and awesome and is the number one reason why I continue to share my experiences on social media), the one person I’ve always been trying to inspire is seemingly un-inspirable.
The one who’s health issues scared me into exercise in the first place and made me swear off fast food forever. He’s stubborn, set in his ways, and can’t stand to be told “no”.
Perhaps you also have a stubborn loved one, close friend, spouse, brother, sister or parent who has bad and harmful habits you wish they would stop, because you can see how detrimental it is to their health. That despite heart attacks, angina, various heart surgeries and diabetes that has all but claimed their mobility, they just can’t change their ways. Because to you, you think that they’d rather eat burgers and fries and sweets and alcohol than be around for your wedding day. You think that because they don’t care about themselves, they don’t care about you. (more…)
Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Have you finished your Christmas baking/shopping/decorating? Are all your Starbucks-holiday-drink-consuming, Christmas-movie-watching, annual-holiday-traditions activities well underway? If they are, I hope you’re taking a moment to truly enjoy the season and not get caught up in the stress of “needing to to do it all.”
But speaking of needing to do it all, my Erin Condren customized planner arrived yesterday, and the type-A in me is SO EXCITED to start planning out my entire 2016 with customized stickers, a budget book, notes, colourful markers, and tabs. (more…)
I have a serious question for you: Do you notice odd repeating number patterns sometimes? Like looking at the clock randomly and seeing 11:11? I’ve heard of this before, and never had it happen to me until this week when literally EVERY time I looked at a clock, document, screen or sign I’d see either 1:11, 11:11 or 3:11. As soon as I started to notice it and think, hmmm, that’s odd… several really awesome opportunities came my way this week that are in line with my career and life goals. It felt like a sign confirming that I was doing what I needed to do, and that things were going to work out. (more…)
I’m still not quite over the head cold I picked up after Sunfest (I’m calling it Sunfestitis as both Matt and I got sick the day after we got back) so I haven’t done much in terms of workouts these past two weeks. After Sunfest, Matt and I went camping in Sooke for two days and did a few short hikes, but nothing too strenuous as both of us were still so stuffed up. I attempted a trail run on Sunday but ended up bailing hard after sneezing only a few kilometres into the 20 km I had planned to run. I decided to cut the run short as I was clearly not ready to get back to training — I scraped my hip, elbows and hands and have a nice big bruise on my leg.
I didn’t make it out to Sooke on Sunday for my long run as planned due to needing to be in two places at once that day, so I opted for a 22 km run closer to home around Mt. Doug again. The weather was much cooler this time which made for a way easier run. I started running at about 8:30 a.m. and finished around noon, right before the sky opened up to lightening, thunder and hail. Glad I didn’t get caught in it! (more…)
You know when you read something that slaps you in the face then makes you question everything you’re doing?
I read inspiring quotes and little nuggets of wisdom every day in my travels across the internet and on social media, but this article that I came across earlier this week flipped some kind of internal switch and inflicted the following emotions when I read it, in no particular order: sorrow, despair, excitement, ambition, happiness and anxiety.
By now we’re all familiar with the problem of busyness, not being present for day-to-day life and multi-tasking. Not only does it leave us stressed, tired and unhappy, but also distracts us from living our real lives. Lives in which we only have a short time to experience. According to the author of the article, Maria Popova, we have “a refusal to recognize that ‘busy is a decision’ and that presence is infinitely more rewarding than productivity.” She goes on the explain that she’s concerned “being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.”
Sometimes you find inspiration for blog posts in the most unlikely places and situations.
I just finished an intensive three-day change management course for my real job as a corporate communications advisor. I had to participate in several break-out sessions, give a presentation, and write an exam. Along with all the notes I jotted down pertaining to work projects and organizational change management over the three days, I wrote down this blog post title on a sticky note.
A strength and conditioning coach is kind of like a change manager. We help our clients work through a change to achieve their desired outcomes or goals. In the case of business, this is usually financial success. In the case of fitness, this is usually weight loss, an improvement in aesthetics or an improvement in overall health and wellness. (more…)
Like most endurance sport junkies I know who train to improve their personal bests, I’m obsessed with analyzing stats and data: average pace, distance travelled, average stride rate, beats per minute, heart rate, number of reps, calories in, calories out. I don’t know if I could run a race now without my trusty Garmin keeping me on track. And while I love to pore over my Garmin stats after a run or bike and track my training progress, recent health issues prompted me to research other body monitoring devices. I researched a few that are on the market right now (the FitBit One, Jawbone UP, BodyMedia Fit and the Basis) and settled on the FitBit Flex, which only just came out about a month ago. (more…)