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Challenge Yourself! – Wonderful Wednesday Update

Hi there Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages!  Hello and how are you?  I hope you’re having an incredible week so far!  The weather seems to be slowly headed towards that amazing feeling of spring time!  This coming Sunday is the first day of spring, so lets get all we can out of whats left of winter, even though I’m sure we’re all quite excited to start into the new season!

Have you challenged your self lately?  Such as setting a goal that you thought was hard to accomplish, and weren’t even sure you could achieve it?  I think it’s an amazing tactic to use, to help and grow yourself and push yourself to the next level in your own lives.  Here are a few examples happening in my life right now;

My sister Marianne, has recently entered a weight loss challenge in Yellowknife.  I was just up visiting her, and I’ve never seen her more on fire about a challenge, and her life in general!

She’s made a conscience decision in her life that this is her new life…this isn’t a short term work out schedule, or diet, and she’s truly committed to a healthier lifestyle.  On top of that, still she challenged herself against nearly 200 people to lose the largest percentage of body weight.

Unfortunately she didn’t win the contest, however she did lose almost 21 lbs in this 6 week challenge, totalling an amazing 11.2% weight loss.  Congratulations to my sister for an amazing job well done.  You may not have won this contest, but the impact of this challenge and lifestyle choice will have in your life is worth way more than a prize in a contest!!  If you’d like to hear even more about her incredible journey, check it out here.

Secondly, I was recently inspired to challenge myself by doing my first ever Half marathon.  Up until that point, I’ve never raced or really ran much beyond the 10km mark.  I’ve always been active in fitness, but have never even had the thought to run a half marathon till then.  So I did it, and it was a heck of a challenge.

I definitely should have trained more in order to have a better time, but the feeling I got when crossing that finish line was incredible!  Even though Amanda was right behind me, and could have easily overtaken me by that point (even though I usually run events faster than her), it was inspiring to me to discover that I can do it!  I made a choice, set my mind to it, and accomplished it!

That’s actually how I ended up running my first ever triathlon too!  It was just a thought, a desire, and we trained lots (not enough for a fast finish), but we made it happen and again, the feeling when you complete what you set out to do even though I wasn’t sure how I’d do, and almost wanted to quit the day before because I was fearful…it changed my life!

Now the latest challenge that I’ve set for myself, is running a race in Yellowknife called Frostbite 45.  It used to be called the Rock and Ice Ultra.  It’s a 45 km race along the frozen arctic tundra and lakes of the great white north.  Amanda and I will be splitting the distance, as we’re also creating a film for Stormtech, but it will still prove a great challenge to run a half marathon in -20 or who knows how cold it could be, but by the confidence that challenging myself in the past has given me, I know we’ll have an awesome experience!  Here’s what I’ll look like on Saturday! eeep : )

Believing in yourself enough to know you are able to achieve anything you set your mind out to, is what makes our lives magical.  You deserve the amazing opportunities in life, and are blessed with the body you have!  It may not be perfect…no one is perfect, but in order to live an engaging and exciting life, we need to challenge ourselves…even if we don’t succeed, try it again.  As we’ve discussed before, failure brings with it a seed of an equal success, so go for it, challenge yourself, have fun with it and enjoy it!  It’s our only life, lets make the most of it!

Thanks for stopping by the website today!  I look forward to see you on Friday as I will be posting my 11th Mike in the Morning podcast on the topic of taking action!  My absolute favourite topic to discuss!  Take care everyone, and have an awesome week!

The one Key that will help you with EVERYTHING!

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying the last day of a regular work week!  My work week goes in to the weekend, but I always enjoy the relaxed energy of a weekend!  What are you up to this weekend?  The weather isn’t quite at spring quality yet, but it’s starting to feel like it’s getting close that’s for sure!

Today I just wanted to mention a simple and effective key you can have, a step to take, a decision to make, that can positively accelerate anything and everything you do…and that is…everything you do, do with…ENERGY!

No matter what you’re doing, if it’s walking the dog, data entry typing, working out, starting your own business, saying hi to someone, sleeping, thinking…EVERYTHING, just do it, and do it with energy, zeal, passion and joy.  Work when you say you’re going to work or need to work, and play when you plan to play!  When you add energy to everything that you do, things get done faster, your mood becomes elevated, you attract more energy and you can achieve anything!

I’m using a lot of exclamation points because I’m writing this entry with ENERGY too!! : )  Recently, I’ve been training more and more, as I’m planning out my athletic future as far as events to enter.  When I work out, I think to myself, sure I could half-ass my way through this workout, go through the motions, and then be done…but guess what, you’re spending the exact same amount of time, why not get the MOST out of your time so I’ll sweat, burn calories and make use of the time I’m spending anyway…actually I like to invest my time, not just spend it! Our time in this life is short, so get up, get energized, SMASH through those useless fears (usually imaginary anyway!), and get out there and live life with ENERGY!

If you’re having trouble creating your own energy, think about how grateful you are that you’re breathing, that you can have this life experience, the pits and the peaks!  Get around other energetic people, it is so contagious!!

So much love and appreciation for all of you!  Tell me how you raise your energy levels, and send me some pictures of you with ENERGY on the Facebook page!  If you don’t already, please “like” the page, and share it with anyone else who likes energy!

Have a terrific weekend!  Monday will be my 4th podcast already, so please join me for Mike in the Morning #4 where we’ll talk about Intention vs. Attention, and how you can use it in your life to manifest the life you want!  BYEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Basic Circuit Training Workout

Hello hello!  How are you this fine wednesday?  I’m excellent!  Amanda and I are busy all day doing a video shoot, testing a brand new jacket by Stormtech called the XBR-1.  We’re putting it through a road test through our rigorous training that we go through from day to day, it’s going to be fun!

Any who, I wanted to share with you just a basic weight training circuit that I do.  It’s basic, and great for if you want to get all of the body parts in one circuit.  Obviously check with a physician before doing any exercises, and each one of these exercises are modifiable, but here goes;

1. Chest Press

Ensure chair placement so that you can get a nice deep press and extend all the way up to where you lock your arms, hold for a second and release.  In my circuits, I like to have rep amounts starting at 15-20, 2nd round 10-15 and then 3rd round 5-10.  You can increase weight and decrease reps as you see fit, this is just what I do to stay as lean and toned as possible.

2. Back pull-downs

I like to lock my legs in the little seat part, it feels like I have more control over my pull motion when I’m not worrying about keeping my legs down.  I like to lean back when I do my pull-downs so that I focus on the back and not the shoulders.  You can also do this with a close-grip hand position, either way it’s a great back exercise.

3. Bicep curls

Make sure you keep your knees bent slightly and a straight back, extend fully to the ground, and pull right up to your chest and give it a little pause and squeeze at the top.  By far my favourite muscle group to work : )

4. Tricep pull-downs

Again, nice straight back with knees slightly bent, slowly squeeze all the way down the motion, pause at the bottom, and slowly release back to the top.  It’s great to practice controlled full range of motion on all exercises, to ensure proper usage of your muscles.

5. Leg Press

You don’t have to put tons and tons of weight to get a good workout on your leg press, just whatever allows you to do about 15-20 reps for your first round.  Again, extend your legs all the way, without locking your knees, and then slowly allow your knees to come to your chest.
6. Calf raises
As Tony Horton would say, you can do this little “bonus move” after your done your leg-press rep.  That is, on your final extension, keep your legs out and simply drive your toes into the platform and lift your heels.  Easy as that : )
7. Leg extensions
Keeping your back straight against the chair, slowly, with control, extend your legs.  I usually lock my legs at the top and give it a little squeeze, but you can do what ever your comfortable with.  I find if you slowly lower your legs, you can contract your ham-strings and get them involved in this motion as well.  Also, if you’re not used to this motion, start with low weight as if you go for the gusto too quickly, you could have trouble walking due to stiffness in the days ahead…believe me, I’ve done it : )
8. Shoulder press
(normally I smile when I workout…I was just tryin to look cool for the shot : )
Nice and easy, ensuring your seat back is vertical enough that you’re focusing on your shoulders and not your chest, get a nice big stretch at the bottom of this motion, and drive your arms upwards.  As always, control control control, up and down!
Well there you have it!  I like to do this workout if I don’t have time to do each body part one by one, and also to assist in my cardio as well as a muscle workout. Do you have any “go to” circuits? Do you like working out on a multi-move machine, or free weights?

Go have an amazing day, thank you for stopping by!  See you very soon!

Psychology of Sport – Mind Over Body

Good Morning!!  Welcome to this amazing wednesday, full of potential and opportunity!  How are you?  I’m doing great!  My Fiancee has been an inspiration to me lately (well, she always is :) , as she has been training for a triathlon with a local shoe company’s training clinic,  known as The Right Shoe.  She’s been training 6 days a week, varying from a weight training workout at home, to double workout days running in the AM and swimming in the PM, or swimming in the AM and biking in the PM.  She’s really been impressing me with her commitment to excellence.  You can read more about her story on her blog as she posts regularly on her workouts.

I did have the opportunity to compete in my first ever triathlon in September of 2009, and I’ve been considering getting back into the tri swing of things, as the Right Shoe clinic is becoming very intriguing to me.  For our first triathlon, we did all of the training by ourselves and managed to complete the race in one piece, although I know I could do waaaay better with training from a professional clinic.  Here are some pictures from our first ever triathlon.

Recently in her clinic, they had a sports Psychologist from the University of Fraser Valley, Roger Friesen, come in and talk about the psychology behind sport.  Roger has worked with numerous elite Olympians, and top of their class athletes over the years.  Amanda then shared her new found knowledge with me, and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned;

1 You will never know if you can do something or not- unless you try.

2 Do not try to achieve perfection, there is noooo such thing, instead- Strive for Excellence.

3 Always write down your goals- (even have a goal for each workout, whether it is making a certain time, working on form, or just getting through it)

4 Celebrate even the simplest of goals achieved, such as getting outside for that run- even if you don’t feel like it (and be truly happy about it! Smile, be excited, CELEBRATE!)

5 Don’t let your external environment influence your motivation. Example: If you committed to running outside on Sunday am and it is pouring rain, don’t let the rain stop you. It’s part of your plan, so do it.

6 Why do you want to achieve your goal?

7 Accountability is crucial. Let friends and family know your plan, so they can celebrate with you and help hold you accountable. (Blogging helps too- I don’t know if I would have ever been this pumped up if I wasn’t writing and sharing with you every step of the way!)

Just by reading these inspiring words, I think I’m going to go for a run…I crave the sweat : )

Do you have dreams of entering a race, whether it be swimming, biking, running, or all 3?!  Do you realize that anyone can do it, including you?!  I promise you, it’s an amazing feeling to complete any sort of athletic contest.  Please share pictures or stories with me, and on my Facebook page!  I’m always honoured to hear your feedback!

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to talking to you soon!

7 Suggestions to enjoy the Holiday Season, and still be healthy.

Good morning everyone!  Isn’t it a fine wednesday?!  The first day of the last month of this amazing year we’ve had.  There is no better time than right now to make this the best month that you’ve ever had, in regards to health, fitness, wealth and prosperity.

Now I know the big holidays are coming up…Christmas and New Years, and if you don’t observe, there’s also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Eid al-Adha.  You may not all celebrate this days, but chances are you may be seeing some family time with some family meals right?!  Or at least an opportunity to indulge a bit more than usual?  : )

The key to success in any situation, is to be as prepared as possible to handle the upcoming situation as best as possible.  So in this case, what are the drawbacks;

Over eating

Over drinking

Over spending

Lack of exercise

I know there is a tender part in lots of our hearts that just think it’s a perfectly fair, and even honorable thing to partake in these over indulgences, and in the grand scheme of things, isn’t the biggest backslide in the world…but if you’re fired up and pushing with all of your might towards your goals and dreams, especially in the field of health and fitness, this ”setback” can be very detrimental on your progress, and cause you a lot of frustration.  So I have compiled a list of 7 strategies to help you get through the holidays on the right foot, and still enjoy all they have to offer!!

1. Plan Gatherings Around Activities, Not Just Meals

When eating is the main focus of any event, it’s easy to let it overtake the evening.  Also if you plan your gatherings around activities, you’ll stand a better chance to burn off any extra calories sooner.

2. Avoid Eating Until You’re Stuffed

Take your time when you eat, and savour every bite you can…you usually don’t know you’re full until about 20 minutes after you’re done, so listen to your body when you eat…every part of your body but your stomach : )

3. Eat Healthy Foods First

If you fill up on salads and soups, you’ll be less likely to over eat on the big ticket meal items.

4. Be Aware of Liquid Calories

Of course beer and wine as usual, but it seems the season brings about creamier beverages, which are absolutely loaded with fats and calories.  Enjoy, but definitely regulate and minimize intake.

5. Drink More Water

It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, it will help you with digestion, and will keep that hankering for a different beverage to quench your thirst quickly at bay.

6. Cut Portions in Half

If you really think you’d hurt the cooks feelings, go ahead and enjoy that dessert, but try cutting the piece they give you in half, and enjoy that, that way you can have your cake and eat it too.

7. Continue Scheduled Exercise

You may as well give yourself a head start.  Keep those calories burning so “enjoying the holidays” doesn’t have as big of a negative impact as it can.

Well what do you plan on doing to be “nice” and good over the holidays?  Any tips and tricks?  Enjoy your day, welcome December, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Train like a Champion – Intervals

Hey there!  How are you doing this beautiful friday?!  Lots of amazing plans for the weekend I imagine?  I’m shooting my 3rd wedding in 3 weeks tomorrow, which really excites me about next years wedding season, which should be starting to book up in the next few months!

So i’ve been working on revamping my training and exercise recently, in order to keep things fresh for my body.  Our bodies are amazing, in that, the more you do of a certain motion or task, the more our bodies adapt to it, and become more efficient at it.  Which is amazing for making things easier for us to do after repetition, but isn’t very helpful when we’re trying to strengthen and lean down our bodies.

Enter…Interval training!  More-so for cardio, interval training continually challenges your body, by allowing short resting periods between maximum output motions.  There are several ways to take advantage of this amazing tactic, here are my 3 favourites;

1. Hills

Running hills is an amazing way to incorporate the interval training ideology.  Creating greater strength and endurance in your legs and lungs than running on flat land, and you can also get an incredible workout, within the distance of a block or two…depending on how hard you wanna push yourself :)  Find a quiet street or hill that you can sprint up, and walk down.  Make sure that when sprinting up, you push yourself as hard and even harder than you think you can, right to the top, and then focus on recovery as you walk back down to the bottom!  Very fun, and effective!

2. Intervals on the Elliptical

I really enjoy the elliptical machine.  For one, you can use it rain or shine, (or snow lol), you can burn a lot of calories with a very low impact motion, and you can incorporate intervals.  Most machines I’ve used, have an interval program option.  Just make sure that you focus on quick recovery, and calming your heart rate during the easier setting, and then give it your all during the high intensity setting.  It’s only for a minute or two at a time, so leave it all on the machine, because the harder you push, the better the results you’ll see…and the faster you’ll see them!

3. Fartlek

When I was quite a bit younger, there was a girl in my Ukrainian dance group that had a shirt which read, “fartlek”, and on the back read, “you wouldn’t understand, it’s a running thing.”  Boy was that true.  I had no idea what it meant, until about a year ago.  I realized that it was a method of interval training that I had never tried.  Fartlek is a Swedish term which means, “speed play”.  The basis behind this, is that while you run, you vary your levels of intensity.  From a nice easy jog pace, to a continual acceleration of speed until you reach your maximum velocity.  I started by jogging for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes, and then slowly accelerating to my maximum speed over about 30 seconds.  The only thing I found was, that by checking my watch, or counting in my head, I didn’t enjoy the experience as much.  So I created these guided fartlek mp3′s for myself, that talk you through the exercise, and play pump you up music, so that you can focus on the physicality of it, rather than the timing of it.  I will be making them available for free download soon!

So give intervals a try.   It’s really entertaining, in that you’re continuously changing your running pace, there by, ensuring that your body doesn’t get “used” to a certain pace, and is always burning the maximum amount of calories.  Thanks for reading, and please let me know how your interval training is going!

For your viewing pleasure, here is an inspirational video made by Cloudninecreative, about an NHL prospect named Tyler McNeely.  This video shows the intensity and the level of what it takes to be a pro athelete…this guy is nuts!  Very inspiring!!

NHL Prospects: Tyler McNeely from Cloud Nine Creative on Vimeo.

Goal Setting – 7 Tips to Ensure Success!

Hey there!  So it’s Monday.  I love mondays, because they signify the start of a new week.  Mondays can be an amazing time to start things, like;  A new workout plan, a new financial goal, or  new ideology to complement your lifestyle.  I have set many goals over the past decade, some that I’ve clearly completed, some that I’ve utterly failed, and ones that I’m not even sure about.  I’ve read that there is an extremely large percentage of the population, who have never even sat down, and wrote out their goals on paper.  Within the last 2 years, I’ve realized that I used to write out my goals in a way that set me up for failure or at least unsatisfactory completion.   There are several ways to specifically write out your goals to ensure that you are successful.  Here are a few;

1. Set A Specific Date:

Goals are just dreams with timelines right? : )  So give yourself a date to complete your goals by so that there is a sense of urgency to complete them.  It also allows you a checkpoint to see if your set goals are actually important to you or not.  At that point, you can re-evaluate, revamp and continue setting newer and bigger goals, to create a journey in life that is fun, exciting and continuously self improving!

2. One Goal Per Goal:

One thing I frequently found myself doing when writing out goals, was writing multiple goals in one.  So for example;

- My goal is to read 4 books this month and to buy one book too.

This goal is relatively clear about my intentions, but when the goal deadline arrives, and you only read 2 books that month, but bought 5 books…you kind of achieved the goal and kind of didn’t.  To make it even more clear for yourself, write one decisive goal per goal.  There’s no limit to your goals, so write them separately;

- My goal is to read 4 books this month

- My goal is to buy a new book this month

It feels better to be able to cross 2 goals off the list as successfully completed, instead of just crossing off a goal because it didn’t really work out exactly so.

3. Phrase The Goal To Be Yes Or No:

When you write out your goals, be decisive with one goal per goal, but also, be careful of how you word it.  Ensure that all of your goals are written so that when the deadline comes, you can answer it yes or no.  Be precise with what you want.  If you wrote down, “I want to get healthier” as a goal, can you answer that yes or no when the end date has been reached?  Not really.  Instead, write something like, “I want to be able to run 10k in 40 minutes by Sept 20th”, or “I want to weigh 180 lbs by Oct 1st”.  These are goals that, when the end date arrives, can be answered yes or no.  It increases your focus and clarity when you have an actual, tangible or logically imaginable goal.  Clarity is huge in everything you do, click here to read a recent post I wrote on the power of clarity. (Ignore the new website info at the bottom of the post…this is the new website :) )

4. Write In The Positive Tense:

It’s always a good practice in life to stay positive, about everything you do.  I’m not suggesting that negative events don’t happen, but you can usually find something good and positive to take out of any situation.  The same goes for your goals.  When you write your goals down, try to write them in the positive tense and use, the terms that you want to see, not what you don’t want to see.  For example, a negative tense goal could look like this;

- I want to be debt free in a year…or

- I want to lose 15 lbs in 2 months…or

- I don’t want to read less than 2 books this month

When you include the terms that don’t necessarily encompass the meaning or result of what you truly want, you may not be sending clear signals about what you really want, so try to avoid using them in your goal writing.  Instead of using the words; debt, lose or don’t want,  just reword them slightly;

- I want to have $10,000 in savings by Jan. 1st 2011

- I want to weigh a healthy 180 lbs by Oct 3rd 2010

- I want to read 2 books by Oct. 1st

These 3 goals mean very similar things when compared to their negative version, but just by stating the positive terms which you actually want more of, you’re putting your focus on these words and meanings.  This will actually attract more of those same positive feelings and terms you’re aiming towards, back into your life, which will in turn, assist you in completing your goals.

5. Set Varied Levels To Each Goal:

In order to easily achieve every goal you set, as well as push yourself beyond what you even thought you were capable of, try setting different levels of completion for each goal.  I like to set 3 levels which I call, minimum, goal, and extreme.  For example:

My goal is increasing my income so I would write;

Minimum – I want to earn $3000 in the month of September 2010 (this should be an easily attainable level for what you are used to achieving, regardless of the amount, the minimum should be relatively easy for you to attain)

Goal – I want to earn $5000 in the month of September 2010 (this should be a bigger challenge, one that you believe you could reach, would be very impressed if you reached it, and believe you can strive towards it)

Extreme – I want to earn $10,000 in the month of September 2010 (this should be a dream level goal, something that if you achieved it, you would be absolutely astonished and blown away by your awesomeness!)

That way, you’re still feeling the gratification of successfully completing a goal, and you’re still challenging yourself to push harder and achieve more than you ever thought possible.  This works for any type of goals too, be creative!

6. Share Your Goals With Your Peers:

One way to increase the odds of successfully completing the goals you set, is to tell your friends and family your goals.  Hold yourself accountable to these peers, update them on your progress, ask for guidance if you’re struggling, and then celebrate your successes with them once they’re completed!  This alone can make a huge difference in goal completion, as for some strange reason, it can be easier to be dishonest with yourself, than with others.  Also, if your friend or family is working on a goal, offer yourself to be an accountability partner!  I’m sure they’d appreciate the support on their journey of self improvement!

7. Set Rewards

Based on the size of your goals, there should be a relative sized reward waiting for you at the finish line!  There is no better way to reinforce positive and timely action in completing your goals, than a nice juicy prize for completion.  Now I know its easy to get carried away with this so have some fun, don’t overdo it. Just let yourself relish in the successful completion of a goal you set.  For example;

- You reached your goal weight – $100 to buy a new snazzy outfit.

- You earned your financial “extreme” level goal – book a trip for you and your best friend to Las Vegas.

- You completed that huge personal project that you chose to do in your spare time – Go out for a nice dinner at your favourite restaurant, and a go to a movie.

All of these tips can help you to achieve your goals, but the most important process behind your goal setting (besides the necessity of action), from which everything in todays world started from, a dream.  Dream big dreams, set big goals!  If you want to be someone, have something, go somewhere or do something that you would never think possible for you in this lifetime….even better : ) !!  Please let me know what your goals and dreams are.  If you need an accountability partner, let me know too!  Thanks for letting me share my passion with you!  I wish you the best of luck with all your goals, and in your amazing journeys towards them!

p.s. – My newest goal is to eliminate all known sources of un-natural sugars from my diet for 2 weeks to see how I feel.  That means no sugar in my coffee, no pop or slurpees, ice cream, chocolate bars, you name it.  I have been researching lots into the affects of sugar on our bodies, which I will be sharing with you soon.

Life after holidays! 4 steps for back to normal.

Well, after nearly 2 weeks of visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, I’m sad to say goodbye until we meet again, but I am very excited to get back into my “normal” lifestyle.  I admit that I did indulge in many things during my holidays such as; large caloric meals, tasty sugary deserts (those darn cupcakes), adult beverages, and didn’t exercise nearly as much as I normally would.

Pike Lake Adventures

Darlene's Evil Cupcakes! : )

But, the “regulated” lifestyle that I promote definitely includes a time to relax, enjoy your friends and family and celebrate your time together because hey, life’s short…it’s always important to strive towards optimum health, but there’s always a time when we can all allow for a little “backslide”, that’s okay…BUT…the key after enjoying these times, is the ability to jump back on the horse once you’ve been off of it.  Here are 4 things that I am focusing on, to help me get back into my regular, positive habits that I’ve swayed from while on holiday;

Regain a sleep schedule:

I definitely found myself staying up later, and sleeping in longer during my holidays, which is perfectly fine for time off, but I for one feel more productive when I get up with the sun or even before it, in order to get a jump start on the day. I’m striving for a full 7-8 hours of sleep, getting my exercise out of the way early, and preparing for my day.

Get back into an exercise routine:

For the first week or two back, I will be exercising for at least 30-60 minutes per day, just to help get rid of the extra pounds I acquired over the holidays, and also to get my energy and fitness levels back to where I am used to them being.

Get diet back to normal:

On holidays, I found myself consuming higher levels of sugar and empty carbs, along with less fresh fruits and vegetables.  I am immediately going back to my regular diet of lots of fruits and veggies and other foods low in fat and high in protein.  I’m not even going to consider “going out” for food for at least a week or two just to get my body back into the rhythm of healthy eating…and definitely not a sniff of alcohol for at least 1 or 2 weeks.  Any diet, good or bad can become habit, so I’m trying to break any unhealthy habits i adopted, and re-inforce my healthy ones.

Relax, and reward yourself:

For me, cold turkey has always worked best for quitting bad habits and nourishing good ones.  However, we are all human, and self-discipline can be very empowering, but without rewarding ourselves from time to time, it can be hard to feel a sense of accomplishment or pride or to even find a reason to continue depriving yourself from regular unhealthy indulgences.  Yes, the outward fruits of your labour will show eventually, but again…life is to be enjoyed!  Just remember to show yourself love, by rewarding yourself to a “treat” once in a while, and you’ll feel how easy it can be to maintain your positive growth and nurture positive habits.

So back in the saddle, I hope everyone had a great long weekend, an enjoyable first day back yesterday, and is ready to grow themselves and start enjoying your lives as much and more than you’ve ever thought possible!  I ask you to please share with me…how do you “get back in the saddle” after a vacation?!

Thanks for letting me share my passion with you!

Week 2 on the Prairies! / Exercise through activity and sport.

Hi there!  I hope you’re enjoying your final long weekend of the summer.  I’ve been having so much fun over the past 11 days and am confident that time will continue to crawl by at a snails pace, so I can enjoy every second that I have left out here.  Throughout the whole time here, I have found myself eating things and quantities of things that I normally wouldn’t, and have been consuming beverages of the adult persuasion : )  However, I have been able to stay motivated enough to get out and exercise from time to time.  Not so much running and lifting weights, but I have been finding ways to stay active and have fun.

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Tony Robbins talks about Neuro Associative Conditioning, which basically states that in everything we do, we associate it with pain or pleasure.  Then once we’ve established that connection, we make decisions based on the pain or pleasure that may be involved with a certain task.  Many of us connect exercise with pain and discomfort, so we tend to avoid it…especially while we’re on vacation!!  If we can work on establishing a fun and pleasurable experience connection with exercise through sport and activity, we’re much more likely to do it, continue doing it, and enjoy it.

So what kinds of activities do you like to do that keeps you active?  Enjoy your long weekend, and thanks for letting me share my passion with you!

Sometimes, you gotta roll with it.

So I was very excited to share with you, one of my favourite things to do on a sunday…but, as I woke up at 6 am this morning to film my first ever video blog about it, I noticed it was dark still.  I’m so used to the early summer time mornings when the sun is up by 5, or at least it’s brighter…so never the less I was unable to film in time, as Amanda and I had a softball tournament to head to at 8:00 am.  So I’ll have to wait one week until I share that with you.  So, I apologize, but the show must go on…

Now, I haven’t been much of a ball player over the years.  In fact I can count the games of ball I’ve ever played in my life on 1 hand I think.  That however must change, because I had a blast today playing in a tournament with the Hooligans!  My very first at bat, I got a home run!  My first ever in my life!  Things can sure take off when everything is aligned ; ) Everyone on the team had their moments to shine and It was all in all a great day!  Here are some pictures were able to capture from the game!

Thanks for letting me share this with you!  What have you been doing during this amazing season?  Please share with me!!  I hope you’re all enjoying every second that this summer has to offer!  Have an amazing rest of your Sunday, and lets make this Monday be the start to your best week ever!  Tomorrow I’m talking about Health, and the Mind.