Category Archives: Exercise

Don’t Fret Slow Loser – Part 2

A month ago I posted some advice and tips on what to look for that isn’t working in your plan to lose weight. This time I want to focus on your attitude and your thinking.

In addition to doing the right things, I want to you take a look at what’s rolling around in your head.

– Are you convinced that this is a quick fix and that you just have to grin and bear it while you reach your weight loss goal then celebrate the smaller you with a celebratory meal? If you’re just focusing on fast results and aren’t focusing on your overall health and wellbeing maybe it’s a bigger let down when the scale doesn’t move fast enough. I’d like to suggest that you focus on a plan that will sustain rather than hinder your health. Is this something you could do for the rest of your life? When you are eating a clean, nutritarian diet you’re getting so much more out of it than just weight loss. Your health will improve, your weight will drop and you’ll feel great too.

– Do you trust your body? I know that sounds odd, but are you fighting your body every step of the way? Are you mad at your body for betraying you and are you pushing it too hard? How about you promise to provide your body with the healthy food and movement it needs and trust that your body will turn on it’s natural healing ability and shed the unnecessary fat?

– Are you competing against someone or doing this to prove something to someone? That is a negative mindset and I’m not convinced it will give you the boost you need to remain consistent and in the right frame of mind when faced with a challenge. Why are you doing this? Make a list of the positives reasons why you are doing this and post it in a visible area. Refer to it so you can remind yourself.

– Are you putting yourself first? Are you feeling guilty about taking the extra time for yourself to step away from your family or duties to exercise and plan your meals? Are your workouts happening haphazardly when you find the time or are you making time for them?

– Where is your support system? Are your friends and family available for you to talk to? Do you have a workout buddy that you can check in with each day or week to keep each other on track? Is your family bringing food into the house that sabotages your efforts?

– Do you love yourself? Don’t wait until you’re smaller or firmer to love yourself. You need to love yourself now before you are able to take good care of yourself. Do you get that? How can you become healthier and better if you hate yourself. What kind of care will you provide for yourself if you can’t embrace where you are now? OWN IT. Don’t hate yourself. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes and for whatever shape you’re in now and move forward.

– Do you think losing weight is hard and near impossible? If you believe it you will receive it. Why not do some work on changing that mindset? Look at the overall downward trend and the progress rather than the weekly number.

That’s it. I’m sure there are a lot more things that float through your mind and make this process seem so much harder but I’d like you to examine where your head is in this game and tweaking some of the negative thoughts that pop into your head.

This is a journey and you’ll get there one step at a time. Enjoy the journey and see it as a way to love yourself and let the magic happen.

I’d love to know what is on your mind. Send me a message!!

Bruce Trail Adventure #4 – Niagara 66.9 to 80 and Iroquoia 0 to 9.2

Beamsville to Grimsby

Hmmm…the days are getting shorter but we’re so addicted to the challenge of getting as much done as possible before the weather changes.   We decided we’d just have to leave home earlier but somehow ended up starting our hike at the exact same time as the previous adventure!  This hike was great!  I am finding that driving on the highway to get to where we’re going is coming to me easier and easier and I’m even mustering up the courage to drive home on the highway for parts of the trip (until I’m so freaked out by traffic or drivers that I decide to get off the highway and continue home on the side streets)!

My new hiking boots have been holding up well.  Very few blisters and no need to even change socks or shoes halfway through.  I’m so happy I found them on sale!  This hike marked the end of the first section and we were thrilled.  It was an awesome day and we were so glad we took the day off and decided to go hiking.  The trail was very rocky and slippery again.  We both almost twisted our ankles again by not seeing a hole in the path that was covered with leaves.  The leaves are very pretty however they cover up stuff so you have to be careful not to slip or get hurt.

My ankle that was twisted a few days before held up well however I find that by the end of the hike I have to be more careful with my back or ankles because they’re tired and I’m more likely to get hurt if I’m not.  It was not as sunny as our previous outing but it was warmer for the most part.  We didn’t break any time records however we did climb the equivalent of 164 flights of stairs.  Phew…I knew it felt like we were climbing a lot but I didn’t realize just how much!

We enjoyed the lovely scenery all along the trail again.  My favourite is to see the huge rocks that look like someone just dumped them there.  Those glaciers must have been powerful!  We loved seeing all the different types of waterfalls along the way too.

I’ve stopped relying on my husband’s photography and carried my own little point and click camera.  It was worth it!  I took a lot more pictures this time around.  I’ll post a link to an album soon.

By far the funniest thing that happened this time around was me ducking a few times thinking that we were being shot at.  It turns out that someone was shooting the equivalent of fireworks to keep birds away from their grapes.  Extremely funny to me after passing the winery in question and seeing that it was named Organized Crime Winery…hmmm.

I’m sad that winter will be here soon and I’m hoping that it will be mild enough to still allow us to have some hiking adventures.  We’ll really learning a lot about ourselves and how much we can endure.  In the past the most we’d hike was 4 hours so this is much longer than our usual.  In addition I’m noticing some increased core strength because I’m always maintaining T-Tapp stance as much as possible to protect my back. 

These hikes have been better than a winery tour for me.  I see a lot more beauty at my own pace and I’m not stuck in a bus!  I don’t care if I don’t taste any wine…I’m not much of a drinker anyway.

 Funniest thing – the “shooting” and ducking described above

Weirdest thing – Gibson house…not sure if it looked scary or not but it was odd to me AND all the fallen trees at one of the conservation areas we walked through (I’ll get the name once I check my map)

Coolest thing – The view of Grimsby up high


Bruce Trail Adventure #3 – Niagara 45.1 to 66.9km

Rockway to Kinsmen Community Park

Well I can now appreciate flat trails to break up the rocky terrain of the hikes once in a while!  It feels like this whole section was rocky.  It certainly wasn’t a very fast hike considering the wet leaves, wet ground and rocks all over the place making for very interesting challenges.  The worst of it all was when I was trying to step on some tree branches to avoid a big puddle and it all ended up crashing down and causing me to bang my leg and twist my ankle.  Luckily I didn’t have anything major happen however it did slow us down.

I felt very empowered after this hike because we walked onwards even despite the fall and we climbed soooo much throughout the day that we ended up registering 146 flights of stairs!! Honestly, sometimes I’d like to have a word with whoever designed the trail because I think he/she has a sick sense of humour but I am loving the whole experience.  It certainly qualifies for some HIIT (high intensity interval training) at times.

On this trip we walked through more winery land and continued to hear the loud booms of the propane powered bird deterrents.  However we also did walk by the outside border of a shooting range so I’m sure at some point we may have heard gunshots but couldn’t tell the difference.  It was a stunning day and very sunny.

We did bump into a few people here and there who were hiking and much to my chagrin we also bumped into their dogs without a leash.  I’m afraid of dogs and this doesn’t help when I think they’re going to jump on me…hahaha.  My husband thinks I’m crazy and should stay calm however I prefer to play frozen tag until they walk by with their owners.

We really liked the Ball’s Falls area and I’d definitely go back to check it out.  There was a very long set of steps in the escarpment that we used to get up to the top…that was a big surprise but I guess it’s better than having to walk back and forth along the side of the hill to get to the top.  We also slid down one area earlier in the day because there were no steps to get down but just a rope to hang onto.

We saw some wild turkeys and the back of a coyote too!

It was such a clear day that we could actually see the Toronto skyline, the CN tower and the Roger’s Centre all the way from our hiking path at one point.

All in all it was a great day.  We ended up taking an early turn off the path for fear that we might miss our parking spot but luckily the park trail did lead to it.  Next time we’ll just have to remember to take that little path back onto the Bruce Trail so we can continue where we left off.

Weirdest thing on the trail: Lots of blood on the road and a dead deer in the ditch…not weird..maybe just “ugh”.

Coolest thing on the trail: Seeing Toronto from so far away.

Funniest thing on the trail: My husband’s backpack was “taken” by a tree.  He walked under the tree and his backpack got stuck by the handle on the branch of a tree so perfectly that when he came out the other end he had no backpack!