Monday, October 31, 2011

Very cool. Check it out.

I posted this in FB the other day and figured I would drop it here as well.  It is very creative. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Sigh.  As part of my winter training program, I decided to amp up my workouts by seeking the advice and guidance of a weight lifting pro.  As a level 4 trainer he gave me awesome advice, great tips and the promise of a wonderful 7 month program.  It was an hour well worth the consultation.  My current diet and my workouts lately have nicely prepared me for the goals I have planned for the next 7 months.  I reduced my body fat from 28% down to 20% and increased my overall mass by about half an inch.  I was able to retain my overall weight of 190 which is pretty good for a short bulky guy.  This leaves a goal reduction of 6% bf and an overall weight loss of about 10 pounds.  Which turns into a shift of 10 pounds as I would probably weight the same with the added muscle.  A redistribution if you will.  So excited.  Until....

Once the assessment was done and he outlined the program and timeline (which I had already estimated) we began talking about price.  That is where everything fell apart.  I can't believe what he told me.  For a minimum of 7 months, there is a mandatory limit of 48 sessions. At a grand cost of 6000$.  Yup, you read that right. 

So needless to say, my plans for a mentor were squashed before they even began.  It left me feeling a bit tarnished in my opinion of Goodlife.  Don't get me wrong, I love my gym, the trainers, the classes...etc. But I realized something.  In order to live the goodlife, you need to come from a level of society that has money.  And lots of if.  In other words, you can't get the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (the maximum benefits) unless you are quite well off.  No wonder so many people fail when they try to do this on their own.  There really is no alternative. 

Let's just hope that I can use the tips he gave me and continue on my own path with some success.  But I will always be thinking in the back of my mind, what I could have achieved with the guidance of a pro at my beckon call. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vanc. A recap...

Just got back from an awesome trip to Vancouver/Whistler.  Went primarily to visit friends and the brother but ended up doing so much more.  It was one of the best trips thus far. 

Bro and partner created this gluten free Thanksgiving feast which was beyond words.  Corn bread stuffing?  Seriously?  Soooo good.  Followed by a gluten free chocolate torte cake.  I can't even tell you how good that was.  Heavy as hell but sooo rich and calorie laden.  No complaints though.  Boneless stuff turkey with all the potatoe fixin' could I ever complain.  It is my favorite meal after all.  It was great seeing the two of them again and I hope I can return the favor some day when they visit Ottawa.

It was then off to Whistler.  Over 30 kms of hiking and fun over the weekend.  Awesome.  Sure the sun wasn't out but who cares really.  It was cool and very comfortable.  I took pics but I haven't uploaded them yet.  Stay tuned.   Funniest part of the hikes came when we crossed a British group of kids who were fascinated with a Raccoon crossing the path.  They were taking pictures like crazy while saying "look a beaver, a beaver!!, take a picture hurry!!".  It was the funniest thing.  I guess they don't have beavers in the UK?  Who knows.  LOL

The best part of it all was the visit to the Scandinavian Spa.  A little sister version of Le Nordic here in Ottawa/Hull, the spa mirrored almost all of the same services.  A bit more pricey but I didn't care much.  For 90 minutes, I treated myself to a hard massage and then 2 hours in the pools.  Boy was I sore the next day.  Ow...

And of course, a trip to Vanc would not be complete without lots and lots of tennis.  You know it is a good tennis trip when you come home with a hand full of blisters.  Awesome.  Forehand has still betrayed me but backhand is still the best out there.  Had some great rallies and it was fun to see the Stanley Park courts again.

I won't be back in Vanc until the new year.  Sigh.  That is going to be a hard stretch.  Thankfully I have Toronto x 2 and then Mexico in January.  Still.....


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Purse Nightmare continues....

You all know how I feel about purses.  They are evil things.  Women, in general, wait until the last minute to riffle through them leaving the population behind them waiting in frustration as hell freezes over. 

Today it was alllll taken to another level.  While in line to the coffee machines (about 8 of us), the lead woman had put her purse on the floor and was kicking it along the line as she got closer to the machines.  Once there, she poured her coffee and continued to shuffle down to the cashier.  Once there, when asked for her money she felt around her upper body for her purse.  Alas it wasn't there.  Duh.  So she started to panic until someone pointed it out at her feet.  She then spend what seemed like 5 minutes thanking this person...all the while the purse was still on the floor and the rest of us waiting.  Finally she picked it up and started taking things out of it in order to reach her wallet.  At this point I almost walked up to her and poured my coffee in her purse.  I was so tempted. 

There should be a sign or rules for lines.  Be prepared.  No tiny wallets in the bottom of luggage sized purses.  Cmon! 

I have issues...I know.  Shut up.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ow, that does hurt.

This weekend marked the start of the yoga program I was supposed to start months ago after I hurt my back.  I put it on the back burner for a time because the sun was shining and I just couldn't stand being indoors during the summer.  Alas, the summer is over and all my activities have now transitioned indoors. 

So in 3 days I did 2 yoga classes.  Who knew I would sweat so much in yoga?  Ya, it was hard.  I rocked the balance portion and didn't do too badly on the standing strength poses but once we got to the abs, core, back and hamstrings...things fell apart quickly.  There was no real pain...not like I was expecting anyway, but there were lots of spasms and mini cramping.  Especially in my lower abs, groin and hamstrings.  The day in between was not pleasant at all. 

But I will push through.  Tonight is a 90 minute class and I will be there with bells on....and a bigger towel.