One Inspiration Deserves Another….

It has been just over a year since I have posted.  I wanted to make all sorts of commitments to this year, and haven’t yet found time to write a single blog post – so, this will change, again.  I’m looking to pick up where I left off.

I had occasion to be introduced to a friend-of-a-friend this week, a business associate who is also a personal trainer.  We went in, joked for half an hour, and because my friend had sent him a before-and-after shot of me, we talked about my lifestyle change a bit.  (Hmmm… a friend sending that photo… I will have to dwell on that friendship a while.  🙂  )

In any event, the friend-of-a-friend’s name is Vince Howie.  Vince blogs at, is on twitter at @Beactivefitness, and is a generally nice guy.  Vince actually took the time to blog about our meeting, and the least I could do was dust off my keyboard and say thanks.  So thanks.

He’s right – I’ve recently made a goal to go and improve my Italian accent, by going to Turin to play in the World Masters Games.  He’s one of a handful of people I’ve actually told about it, but now that it’s all out there on the interwebs, I may as well say the same.  I can turn this page into a bit of a “road to Turin” (although the CBC probably still has the rights to that from the Olympics in ’06) rather than my uneducated tips on running, fitness and health.

Thanks Vince.  You got me off my butt – just in a different way then you inspire most people to.  🙂


A New Year, a New Me

A side by side photo of the author.

My change in 9 months.

2010 was quite a transformational year for me.  I began the year off as many folks did, with New Year’s Resolutions that quite frankly I was not sure I was going to keep.  I had normally been one of those people who “resolved not to make resolutions” which was easy enough to keep through lethargy.  Last year, however, with the prospect of turning 40, I decided to get fit.  There was a “Biggest Loser Challenge”, and I was very committed to win that – but I also wanted to get healthy.

As I’ve described in various posts before, I decided to quit smoking (even though I was a “social smoker”), eat healthier and be much more careful about the type of food I permit myself to eat, and exercise a whole lot more.  I figured by doing these three things (and by extension, somehow, a fourth of drastically reducing my alcohol intake), I would get healthy and fit, and also lose weight.  I was right on all counts but I didn’t expect the consequence and the benefits that go along with it.  The consequence is that all those annoying health-nut people are right, and I’m now one of them.  The benefits are, unfortunately, what the health-nuts preach about:  better sleep, better breathing,less illness, drastically more energy, and the ability to do anything you put your mind to.  We’re annoying and correct, all at the same time!!!

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Progress Update

Just a short update – it seems that my vertigo may be gone.  I’m very hopeful, but it seems that it has gotten remarkably better over the past week.

Now if only I was losing weight as dramatically.  I’m getting into the harder stretch of weight loss, and I have been pushing myself even harder on my runs and at badminton.  But I can now run 1km in about 7 mins 25 seconds, so I’m doing pretty well.  I’ve been doing some training that includes very moderate hills and have been working on adjusting my stride to match.

If you can manage it, please consider sponsoring me in the Relay for Life where my company’s team will be working for WICC.  Thanks!

Running free (of outerwear)

Running on the beach

No really - it's me! I swear!

I recently was on vacation in sunny florida, and we now are starting to get some warmer weather in my part of the world.  I pity Edmonton, AB, where I used to live, as they got a massive dump of snow yesterday; and last night here I was helping my brother put together a plastic shed.

That said, I ran in some poor weather this winter, dodging ice and unshovelled sidewalks, but I ran.  Tonight it’s raining hard and windy – and I’m skipping.  I’m on a lull between the regular badminton season and summer badminton, so I can fit my run in another night.  But we have had some glorious weather hear the last little while, and coupled with the very decent and warm weather we had in Florida, I got to experience something wonderful – real freedom! Continue reading