How American Ninja Warrior is inspiring my boy

Over the last few weeks, Q and I have been getting caught up on PVR'ed episodes of American Ninja Warrior. This show has been his favourite for the last few years, and each year he gets more and more passionate about it. Most people know the names of rock stars or actors. Not my kid. Yes, he has some musicians that he looks up to, like Dave Grohl, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, or Taylor Swift but for … [Read more...]

Hey Daddy, #WannaPlay?

It's summertime, and there is nothing more fun than getting outside to get a little fresh air and run some crazies off. Throwing or kicking a ball around is certainly a favourite outdoor activity of out family, and my son and husband love getting the chance to play a game of soccer or football as often as they can. We have recently had a stretch of insanely hot weather, and most days it has been … [Read more...]

Oh, yeah, hey there jealousy

I see pictures on Facebook and Instagram of my friends in their workout or dance attire, sharing their skinned knees and sore feet from dance practice, bruises from pole or sore muscles from working out. I see people flexing and squatting or lifting heavy weights, then sharing stories about blown knees and torn arms and tweaked backs. I hear story after story after story about people with injuries … [Read more...]

Uncertainty and a state of limbo

Have you ever felt like you didn't quite know where you belonged? Due to a number of circumstances that have taken place in my life over the last couple of years, including a few fairly major injuries that are persisting much longer than I had ever anticipated, I am feeling like I'm at a bit of a crossroads right now. There is so much uncertainty and I feel lost. A couple of days ago, I was … [Read more...]

5 more terrible side effects of exercise I bet you didn’t think of

Happy New Year! Yes, yes, I know the new year actually started 5 days ago, but I haven't had a chance to wish you the best for 2015 yet, so let's start off with that, shall we? With New Years come new resolutions, and one of the most common ones is that people want to get fit(ter). There is usually an influx of people rushing off to join a gym to try and work off all of the holiday feasting and … [Read more...]

Winning and trying your best

Taken after he competed in his first martial arts tournament. He was a bit disappointed about taking 3rd place but happy to have placed and gotten a trophy. It was hard to see his disappointment and confusion about not placing higher, as he had wanted to win so very badly but I knew it was a good, albeit tough, life lesson. He worked and trained very hard for it and even though it wasn't quite … [Read more...]

Dedication – (almost) Wordless Wednesday

Competitive sports are tough, even on little bodies. After having the top of his foot torn up twice a week for the past 2 weeks from climbing the rope during gynmastics practice, his coach taped it up for him today. Despite the pain in his foot, he never gave up and never stopped. That is dedication. … [Read more...]

5 reasons why exercise is terrible for you

Have you ever wondered why people love to exercise so much? It looks brutal, people always grimacing in pain and limping around, barely able to lift their arms or walk up a flight of stairs. Pfft. Why would you want to do that to yourself? No sane person would. So I thought long and hard about it and have come up with some reasons why exercise is bad for you. - Exercise makes you sweaty. Sweat is … [Read more...]